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updated 5/10/01
3.5 million take their dogs to work

One in eight British workers takes a dog to work, according to new NOP research released by The Blue Cross on Take Your Dog to Work Day (Tuesday 25 September 2001).

In total, 3.5 million people have their dog by their side while they work, which suggests that employers are recognising the benefits to their staff of adopting a dog-friendly policy.

"Research has long proven that being in the company of pets helps to reduce stress levels and lower blood pressure, and with British workers reported to have the highest stress levels in Europe, one solution could be to take a dog to work," said Blue Cross Head of Communications, Dan Tickle.

"This staggering statistic suggests that many employers are now adopting a dog-friendly policy and we believe that if it's a dog-friendly company, it's people-friendly too."

In addition to the millions of regular canine office workers, around a thousand dogs will be joining their owners at work for Take Your Dog to Work Day to help raise money for The Blue Cross. The participants will be going to work in a variety of professions, including design, education, health, finance, IT, publishing, law and manufacturing.

Now in its sixth year, Take Your Dog to Work Day, which is sponsored by Pedigree(r), attracts the support of a number of celebrities, including Philippa Forrester, Anne Robinson, William Roache MBE, Loyd Grossman, Julian Clary and Lady Victoria Hervey.

At over 100 years old The Blue Cross is one of Britain's oldest animal welfare charities. It rehomes unwanted and rescued animals and provides veterinary care for the pets of people who cannot afford private vets' fees.