Survey results show that the majority of people in Ireland would like to see pets in the workplace

A majority of people currently looking for new opportunities would like to see pets in the workplace.

A new survey reveals how respondents believe having a pet in the office would bring multiple benefits to their working life, including stress relief and better mental health support, while helping create a more relaxed and fun atmosphere.

Overall, 56 percent of people believe companies that have pet-friendly policies are more attractive places to work, according to research released today by ISPCA and Mars Petcare.

For more than one in four (27 percent), an animal-friendly policy would even influence their choice of job.

The research, conducted by Mars Ireland, is part of the Better Cities For Pets program, which is helping cities become more pet-friendly so more people can enjoy the benefits of living with pets.

The program includes a guide for cities to adopt pet-friendly infrastructure, a rating tool and a city certification program that celebrates communities that recognize the importance of pets and are making strides toward becoming pet-friendly.

dr Cyril Sullivan, CEO of ISPCA, said the findings from the research are intriguing.


Nicola Forde, Corporate Affairs Manager at Mars Ireland, and Dr. Cyril Sullivan, CEO of the ISPCA

“It sheds light on the social, economic and health impacts of pet ownership in Ireland,” he said.

“ISPCA is constantly looking for loving homes to adopt or foster pets that are being rescued and rehabilitated by ISPCA to find new homes

“What this study highlights are the benefits of pet ownership not only for the welfare of the rescued pet, but also for the health and well-being of the family.

“This is particularly timely and important in a post-Covid return to office environment where there may be doubts about adopting a pet.”

Whilst pets are common in restaurants in the UK and across Europe, over half (53 per cent) of respondents felt there were not enough pet-friendly restaurants or businesses in their area across Ireland.

Dublin fared better as pet owners reported greater satisfaction (53 percent) with the choice of pet-friendly amenities on their doorstep.

About 43 percent of respondents said establishments with dog-friendly policies would make them more likely to dine out, while 28 percent of respondents said they would check if a hotel has a dog-friendly policy before booking.

Seven in ten agreed there were pet-friendly parks in their area, rising to 85 per cent in Dublin, while almost two-thirds agreed that transport in their area was not pet-friendly.

Nicola Forde, Corporate Affairs Manager at Mars Ireland said: “This unique survey examines all aspects of pet ownership in Ireland in depth.

“And the results tell us that pets are becoming more popular and playing a bigger part in everyday life in Ireland – and are proving to be an important consideration for people when deciding where to live and work.”

“Pet ownership is at an all-time high, but our integration and provision of pet-friendly spaces and spaces remains low.

“At Mars, we are proud to promote pet-friendly living through our Better Cities For Pets program, which aims to support and guide local areas, workplaces and businesses to adopt pet-friendly policies and infrastructure to enable pets and families to happily coexist to enable people in everyday life.

In this way, it can benefit our physical and mental health, our productivity, and our overall well-being.” Survey results show that the majority of people in Ireland would like to see pets in the workplace

Fry Electronics Team

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