It is the 7th annual Bring Your Dog To Work Day on Friday 26th June, and this year we’ve turned this pupular charity day out into an exciting “day in” for our hardworking pawsome pals and their homeworking hoomans.
We’ve got five pawtastic online events on the big day from celebrity judged Dog Shows to an exclusive Rescue Moon Bear Experience live from China celebrating that special bond we have with animals.
We’re kicking the day off at 8am when for the first time viewers in the UK will be able to see rescued Moon Bears forage for their enrichment treats at Animals Asia’s sanctuary in China. Get your tissues ready as you hear the heart-warming rescue stories of these beautiful bears and you’ll meet two of the sanctuary’s resident dogs Muppet and ToZhai who were rescued from the meat trade. There will be a Q & A with the CEO and Founder of Animals Asia after the event. Tickets for this unique experience are limited and are a £33 donation (please see below for booking details).
Then the interactive doggie fun starts as we put on put on four online dog shows for dogs and their owners and families who have been ‘working’ together at home. Whether your pooch has been interning for you, running your zoom calls, helping with home schooling, or just helpfully licking the plates in a pre-rinse, Bring Your Dog To Work Day is going to be a huge celebration of all the joyful contributions your best friends have made during lockdown.
A host of dog-loving celebrities including Eastenders Michelle Collins, Downton Abbey’s Peter Egan, Celebrity Vet Marc Abraham, Anna Webb author and host of BBC’s The Barking Hour will judge the four shows. So, come and join us, book online (donation of £10 per four-legged entrant per household to with all donations going to charity). It’s going to be a day packed with joy guaranteed to brush away those lockdown blues.
Dog Show Competition Categories
- 11-12pm Britain’s Best-Behaved Office Dog– has your dog worked really hard and deserves a big pawmotion?
- 1-2pm Lockdown Hero– has your dog gone that extra mile for you at home or cheering up your neighbours
- 3-4pm Best Lookalike to pet parent or celebrity– does your dog look like you, your nan or someone famous?
- 5-6pm Child Handler Kids what do you like doing best with your pooch? Now is your chance to show us what they can do
Like every year, businesses from all industries can upload their logo, URL, blurb and social media handles to the Bring Your Dog To Work Day homepage for a minimum of £150 donation and become official Pawsome Partners. Dog owners can upload a pooch selfie for a £10 donation to our Dog With A Job Hall of Fame competition – with three lucky dogs and their parents scooping up prizes worth £100s.
Each year #Bringyourdogtoworkday trends at number 1 on Twitter, with 65k Instagram users following the hashtag. We’ll be posting highlights and updates on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter throughout the day and we’ll be giving shoutouts to dog show winners and business sponsors during the day.
We’re very proud that this year, our friends at the fabulous UK dog-friendly holiday booking company, Canine Cottages are headline sponsors of Bring Your Dog To Work Day.
Jo Amit, founder of Bring Your Dog To Work Day and co-owner of ethical pet product company HOWND says: “For many people this is the last working from home Friday before some of us go back to our offices, with or without our dogs. We know from our own experience what a joy it has been having dogs in the “office” or “school room” when things have sometimes been stressful. Dogs always contribute positively to our mental health and have really stepped up during lockdown. They’ve brought happiness and comfort, kept us company and got us out of our homes to exercise. We’re proud to be involved in something that is doing good and also bringing a lot of joy to the workplace.”