Minneapolis Company Offers “Fur-ternity” Leave for New Pet Owners

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Published: August 22, 2018
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Nina Hale, a marketing company in Minneapolis, has added formally added “fur-ternity leave” to its employee benefits in July. The new policy allows employees to work from home for a week to help transition new dogs and cats to their new homes.

“This is kind of a no-brainer,” vice president Allison McMenimen tells The New York Times. “For a lot of people, their pets are their children.”

The company made leave time for new pets a formal benefit after senior account manager Connor McCarthy requested to spend time with Bentley, his new 2-month-old Goldendoodle puppy.

McCarthy was worried about Bentley spending the first week alone in his new home. He wanted to physically be there to help adjust Bentley to his new surroundings, a task that would include potty training and crate training. “The first week is crucial,” McCarthy tells The New York Times.

When McCarthy asked his boss if he could work remotely for a week, his boss responded with approval almost immediately.

McCarthy wasn’t the only employee to request time off to transition new pets. In an office of 85 employees, a handful had previously made a similar request.

“It was really, really nice to be there while I’m working to transition him,” McCarthy tells The New York Times.

Other companies who are offer leave time for new pets include Mars Petcare, Mparticle, BitSol Solutions, Trupanion and BrewDog.

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