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Purina Is Searching For America's Most Pet-Friendly Companies

Pet lovers can log on to www.purina.com/contest and tell how pets have made a positive impact on their workplace and why their workday is better – for them and their pet – because their office is pet friendly.  Entrants must describe their employer's "Pets at Work" program, answer both of the following questions, and provide 3-5 photos that show pets in their workplace:

  • How do pets truly have a positive impact in your workplace?
  • How is having a pet-friendly office mutually beneficial for employees and pets?

The nominations will be judged by three criteria:

  • Does the nomination demonstrate how pets make life at work better for both the employees and the pets?
  • Will the nomination inspire other businesses to integrate pets into their own office environments?
  • Does the nomination include a description of the nominee's "Pets at Work" program?

Nominations will be accepted until January 15, 2013. The winner will be announced in the spring of 2013.

A recent study* has shown that employees who bring their pets to work tend to have a lower stress level by the end of the day.  Stress in the workplace has been associated with negative physical and psychological outcomes, including a general decline in physical health.  The study found that interacting with their pets lowered the levels of cortisol in the employees' bodies, a stress-related hormone that can lead to high cholesterol levels, hypertension and depression. 

The Center for Disease Control** says that having pets can help reduce blood pressure, in addition to decreasing loneliness, helping to lower cholesterol levels and encouraging physical activity.  The better an employee feels on a regular basis, the more they are able to stay focused and produce quality work.

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