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Animal-lovers gathered to celebrate special day

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

By: Kaitlin Kogachi

Take Your Pet to Work Week ended on a happy note with some furry friends at a rally in Bishop Square.

The Humane Society has celebrated the animal-lovers' event since 1999 to promote adopting pets from shelters and fostering human-animal bonds.

You might think having dogs at work would be a distraction, however, studies have shown just the opposite. Dog friendly workplaces not only increase creativity, but also decrease absenteeism and promote healthy co-worker relationships.

With nearly half of Oahu residents owning dogs, the Humane Society hopes more pet-friendly policies will be implemented into work environments.

"We really want to make sure that businesses are aware that it's not so difficult to have pet friendly policies in the workplace. It's just a matter of getting everything in place, and we're more than happy to help companies establish those policies if they're interested," said Natalie Lukashevsky, the Hawaiian Humane Society Community Outreach Coordinator.

With the hurricane season upon us, the Humane Society also took advantage of the rally to stress the importance of assembling pet preparedness kits. Any pet will need all the food, water, and supplies necessary to survive at least seven to ten days should a disaster strike.

For more information about disaster preparedness for pets or pet friendly policies, contact the Humane Society at 356-2223.

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