Aucklanders are encouraged to take part in Take Your Dog to Work Day on June 20.
The annual global event encourages employers to experience pets in the workplace and celebrate them as great companions.
The event also promotes pet adoptions from shelters, humane societies and rescue groups.
It was created by Pet Sitters International in 1999.
Like many SPCA staff, chief executive Christine Kalin takes her former rescue dog Venus the ridgeback to work most days.
‘‘We see animals as integral members of our community.
‘‘We would love to have a world where animals are part of everyday life.’’
Kalin recommends Take Your Dog To Work Day.
‘‘Not only is that beneficial to them, but there’s also the wonderful effect that animals have on workplaces.
‘‘Animals become a point of engagement by their very loving and non-judgmental natures.
‘‘That also increases human to human engagement.’’
Research shows animals at work have a positive effect on staff, reducing stress and increasing job satisfaction and production.
A Virginia Commonwealth University study published in the International Journal of Workplace Health Management in 2012 compared employees who brought their dogs to work, employees who did not and employees without pets.
Measuring stress, job satisfaction, and support, the study found stress declined for workers with their dogs present and increased for those who did not.
Puppy love: Matthew O’Sullivan with Cassie and Basil at the Purina office.
Visit takeyourdog. com for more information.
Desk job: SPCA chief executive Christine Kalin gets a little help at work from her ridgeback Venus.