Surviving pet owners need compassionate time off work, says Dogs Trust

An animal charity is asking employers to offer employees who suffer the death of a pet a special leave policy.

ogs Trust, Ireland’s largest dog welfare organization, has launched a new campaign aimed at helping businesses recognize the extent of grief people can experience at the loss of a beloved animal.

A survey conducted by the charity found that 71 percent of dog owners who had experienced the death of a pet described the loss as “devastating”.

The charity’s new ‘Not Just A Dog’ campaign is urging employers to consider special leave arrangements in the event of the death of a favorite pet.

Dogs Trust chief executive Becky Bristow said the charity has offered its staff a day’s paid leave in the event of a dog’s death because it understands the impact the loss of a pet can have.

“We’d like to see other employers offer the same,” Ms. Bristow said. “Many people spend more time with their dogs than anyone else in their lives and have a unique bond with them.”

Research conducted by Dogs Trust shows that over half of dog owners felt the grief they experienced after losing their pet was similar or worse than losing a family member.

The survey of nearly 2,800 dog owners also showed how 38 percent expressed surprise at how deeply affected they were by the death of a pet.

Almost 9 out of 10 dog owners say they have experienced the loss of a pet. Additionally, nearly three quarters of respondents said they have more photos of their dogs on their cell phones than of their partner, family or friends.

Based on such findings, the charity said it’s no surprise that the research also showed that over 58 percent of dog owners believe it took them a year or more to come to terms with the death of their beloved pet. Surviving pet owners need compassionate time off work, says Dogs Trust

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