This Brewery Now Offers A Week Of Paid Parental Leave For Employees Who Adopt Dogs

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Call it paw-rental leave. Or just call it freaking amazing.

We’ll drink to this: The craft brewery and bar chain BrewDog made a most thriling announcement this week. All employees who bring home a new dog will be entitled to a week of paid puppy parental leave.

“Yes, having dogs in our offices makes everyone else more chilled and relaxed – but we know only too well that having a new arrival – whether a mewling pup or unsettled rescue dog – can be stressful for human and hound both,” reads the announcement on the BrewDog website. “So we are becoming the first in our industry to give our staff a working week’s leave on us to help settle a new furry family member into their home.”

This incredible policy applies to dogs adopted from shelters and rescues — obviously, our preference here at Shelter Me, to the extent we have a say — and dogs acquired via other means.

BrewDog is a Scottish company, with a commitment to wags and living wages. It’s got dog-friendly bars in the United Kingdom, Belgium, Brazil, Finland, Japan, and a number of other exciting international destinations.

You can see the whole list here — and just imagine what a fun little trip you could have, going to visit all the dogs in all these places. Ahhhh….

OK, we’re back from that fantasy. There’s good news for dog-loving statesiders, too. A $30 million, 100,000 square foot brewery is being built in Columbus, Ohio.

A BrewDog taproom and and restaurant in Canal Winchester, Ohio, is scheduled to open later this month, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

For folks working there, or thinking about it — we will gladly recommend some wonderful local animal shelters and rescues. Just reach out and ask. All we ask in exchange is that when we come over to check out BrewDog in person, you let us pet your dogs.

h/t The Columbus Dispatch

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Arin Greenwood

Arin Greenwood is an animal writer based in St. Petersburg, Florida. Previously, she was animal welfare editor at The Huffington Post. Arin is a former lawyer (J.D. from Columbia Law School, member of the New York Bar), life long animal lover, pit bull advocate, and devoted fan of cats and dogs who run for public office. Her first novel, Tropical Depression -- based on her five-odd, sometimes very odd, years living on a small island near Guam -- was published by teeny indie publisher Back Porch Books in 2011. Her second book, a comic young adult mystery called Save The Enemy, was published by Soho Teen in November 2013. Hello From Dog Island!, Arin's third book, will be published by Soho Teen in 2018. Know a shelter with a great, innovative program? Have another animal story to share? Get in touch at!


  1. Urbancritter says:

    Great start! Hope they apply it to employees adopting other furry family members too 🙂

  2. Penelope Oubre says:

    This is fantastic!!! Well done!! Wish I could work for you along with my German Shepherd, Nola and Golden Retriever Gunner of course! Both rescues too

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