These Companies Grants Employees ‘Pawternity Leave’ When They Get A New Dog

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Companies Grants Employees 'Pawternity Leave' When They Get A New Dog

by Pierangelly Del Rio |
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Anyone with a new puppy knows it's though work. You need to feed them, clean every little disaster and give them a proper housetraining, which demands A LOT of time. Luckily, brewing company BrewDog understands this and has introduced a new staff benefit sheme for all dog lovers: pawternity leave. This perk will grant any BrewDog employee one week of paid leave to take care of their new adopted puppy or rescue dog.

Gia Nigro, from Ohio, was among those employees benefited from pawternity leave. Gia will have plenty of time to take care of her new four-legged friend, a nine-week-old puppy called Rye.

James Watt, co-founder of the company commentedon the importance of pawternity leave by saying: 'We care about two things above all else. People and beer, we also just really like dogs.' He also added: 'We wanted to take the stress out of the situation and let our teams take the time they need to welcome their new puppy or dog into their family.'

Although the term has been making headlines recently, it isn’t a new concept. A year ago, a research carried out by pet insurance provider Petplan, showed that almost one in 20 new pet owners in the UK are offered pawternity leave. Mars Petcare, purveyor of Whiskas and Pedigree Chum, was the first company to introduce the scheme allowing employees to take 10 hours of paid leave. BitSol Solutions, a Manchester based IT company also joined the party granting their staff three weeks of paid leave.

Hopefully, more companies will adopt the pawternity leave concept and allow dog lovers to take propper care of their furry friends.

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This article originally appeared on The Debrief.

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