June 8th, 2018 12:16 EST
Norwegian Company Gives Employees Paternity Leave for New Pets
"A Norwegian pet supply company is giving employees paid time off to bond with their new pets.
Musti Group, described as the largest pet supply company in the Nordic countries with more than 1,500 employees, began offering `pawternity leave` to employees, which consists of three paid days off when they acquire a new puppy or kitten.
Musti Group CEO David Rönnberg says the first few days a puppy is in a new home are vital to getting used to its new owner and environment."
When I adopted a puppy from my local animal shelter I took a week`s vacation so I could bond with her, and in case there were any issues with my little doggie getting along with my other dog and cats.
Pawternity leave should be a standard fringe benefit in an employee`s compensation package, employers should do everything they can to encourage their employees to adopt cats and dogs.
"Bring your pet to work day" is a great first step but all employers, not just pet supply companies, should give their employees paid time off when they adopt a pet.
"Homeless animals outnumber homeless people 5 to 1.
Each year, approximately 2.7 million dogs and cats are killed every year because shelters are too full and there aren`t enough adoptive homes. Act as a publicist for your local shelter so pets can find homes."
Employers should be less generous with maternity leave, do we really need to encourage women to have more babies? The last thing this polluted and overpopulated world needs is another mouth to feed.
I don`t expect people to agree with my stance on maternity leave, but certainly any sensitive and compassionate individual will agree that we must do everything we can to persuade people to adopt pets from animal shelters.
If a pet supply company in America offered pawternity leave to their employees, I would buy all my pet supplies from them.
Bravo David Rönnberg, you are a gentleman, scholar, and a real friend to animals.
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