KENNEWICK, Wash. - Friday, June 21st is national "Take Your Dog to Work Day" to celebrate dog companionship and promote pet adoption.
The group, Pet Sitters International celebrates the event every year on the Friday following Father's Day.
Directors say the event encourages employers to experience the joys of having pets in the workplace, while supporting the local pet community.
The "holiday" also accommodates cats, other pets and anyone who can't participate on Friday, as the PSI has dubbed June 17th-21st "Take Your Pet to Work Week."
The organization says through events like these, non-pet owners can see the special bond their coworkers have with pets, hopefully inspiring them to adopt a new best friend of their own.
Pet Sitters International says last year, 300 businesses participated in taking their pets to work on TYDTWDay.
If you decide to bring your furry friend to the workplace on Friday, local pet experts have a few tips. Veterinarians say it's a good idea to make sure your pet is healthy with a quick check up.
Vets say you should also be aware that pets can become defensive, so if your pet doesn't like strangers, be aware of that in the workspace.
Veterinarians also recommend you "pet-proof" your office; make sure there aren't any wires, office supplies, or bits of food that your pet shouldn't get into.
And of course, make sure you have water, some food, and maybe even some dog-friendly-entertainment for your "K9 to 5" day.