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This Business Now Offers “Pawternity Leave” To All Its Employees


BrewDog lives up to its pup-lovin’ namesake with an employee perk that has taken the internet by storm! The Scottish brewery, with locations in the United Kingdom and one opening in Ohio, is the only company in the USA and UK to offer “Puppy Parental Leave” leave to staff members. (Bonus: they’re hiring!)

The new benefit was recently announced, and is setting the bar for pooch parents in need of some adjustment time with their new little bundles of (furry) joy. Employees get a paid week off to help their four-legged family member get acclimated at home, and older-dog rescuers needn’t fret, because they get the benefit too. It’s really no wonder that BrewDog exhibits this “pro-pup” attitude, as the company was started by “two men and a dog.”


“It’s not easy trying to juggle work and settle a new dog into your life, and many members of our crew have four-legged friends at home,”company co-founder James Watt said in  story by WCSH 6. “We wanted to take the stress out of the situation and let our teams take the time they need to welcome their new puppy or dog into their family.”

Aside from offering “paw-ternity’ leave to almost 1,000 employees worldwide, BrewDog lets staff members take pups to work at their Scotland location. They’ve also increased maternity and paternity pay, for those who welcome home human babies.

“We always want to raise the bar when it comes to offering our staff the best possible benefits,” Watt said in the news story. “We care about two things above all else. People and beer. We also just really like dogs.”

It makes sense: getting a dog is exciting for all members of the family, but it does take some time to get into a routine. What better way to encourage adoption and permanent re-homing than to allow employees to get settled with their new canine companions?

What do you think – should other companies offer “paw-ternity leave” ? Tell us in the comments below!

(h/t: WCSH 6)

Written by Karen Tietjen
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