PART OF THE COM­MU­NITY

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Like many SPCA staff, chief ex­ec­u­tive Chris­tine Kalin takes her ex-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 tak­ing your dog to the of­fice.

‘‘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.

Desk job: SPCA chief ex­ec­u­tive Chris­tine Kalin gets a lit­tle help at work from her ridge­back Venus.

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