About Us

Office Dogs

Canine employees can be a valuable addition to the team

At the Alberta SPCA we have a number of dogs in the office. These are not sheltered animals looking for a new home, but our own pets that we bring to work with us each day. And while the case for bringing your dog to work is a little more obvious for an organization like the Alberta SPCA, there is lots of research that shows there are benefits for employers and employees to have a dog-friendly policy.

Multiple studies have examined the stress level of employees who bring dogs to work and many of those studies are summarized here. What the studies consistently demonstrate is that the stress level of staff members is reduced when canines are present. In some cases, people reported that not only were the dogs able to offer social support for workers, they did so in a nonjudgmental way making them a better support group than close friends or family members.

On top of reduced stress, research has found other benefits of having dogs in the work place including:

  • Improved employee interactions
  • Improved productivity
  • Improved mental health

 

Charlie (left) and Ollie (right) are two of our newest team members.

Of course, not every workplace is an ideal environment for dogs, and not everyone at a work place may wish to have interactions with dogs. Here at the Alberta SPCA, we have a Pet Policy, and a Pet Committee that reviews issues that arise. It is important to have the guidelines for bringing a pet to work clearly laid out so everyone understands what is acceptable and what is not. At our office, we have designated play times for the dogs, a defined area outside for biology breaks, and the kitchen is off limits to canine employees. Owners are responsible for keeping their pets under control and for cleaning up if they make a mess. And as you would expect, the dogs must have their vaccinations and licences up to date, and they cannot be disruptive or aggressive.

Or try having part-time work place dogs

If having dogs at work full-time is a situation that doesn’t make sense for your business, but you would still like to have a pet-friendly policy, you may want to consider part-time canine staffers. Chatters Salon’s Canadian head office recently introduced “bring your dog to work” day, where staff can bring their puppy friends in for the day. The company has found the day helps build morale and helps team members bond over their pets.

You can learn more about the Chatters Salon office dogs on their blog.

*Much of the information cited here came from the National Center for Biotechnology Information, and can be found here.

Alberta SPCA News

Tofield Area Couple Pleads Guilty to Neglect of Dozens of Horses

Information Release August 22, 2019 Peter Hans SPAHR and Linda C. SPAHR of the Tofield area pleaded guilty on August 21, 2019 in Vegreville Provincial Court to two counts each of causing an animal to be in distress under the Animal Protection Act (APA) 2(1) and for failing to provide veterinary care for an animal

Read More »
alberta spca
Dan Kobe

Valour’s Story

Watch Valour’s Amazing Story The large, male horse runs with vigor when called for breakfast. Valour lives at an equine-facilitated healing ranch northwest of Edmonton where he doesn’t have to worry about food. When the human clients arrive at Infiniti Trails 4 Healing, Valour and the other horses on the ranch offer their soothing equine

Read More »
acreage horses
Dan Kobe

Hay, Secure Your Feed!

The Alberta SPCA encourages livestock owners to make arrangements now for winter feed for their animals. This has been a tumultuous year for investigations of underfed livestock in Alberta, particularly for horses. With another year of challenging hay production before us, the Alberta SPCA urges animal owners to seek out and lock in feed immediately

Read More »

The vision of the Alberta SPCA is that every animal in Alberta be treated humanely.

To hear the latest from the Alberta SPCA, subscribe to our newsletter.

Don't miss new updates in your email

Christmas Cash Lottery

Tickets Now On Sale.

$25,000 Grand Prize! Tickets just $20 when buying 3 or more.

Help Us Help Animals!