These days, many companies are meeting through video conferences. As many people know, joining meetings like this is not always exciting. However, there is an animal shelter that plans to change that.
Richmond Animal Care & Control (RACC) started a new program that allows individuals, schools, and companies from across the country to invite a rescue dog or cat in their virtual meetings. Of course, the results could never be cuter.
RACC Director Christie Chipps Peters said that they wanted to do something that would make people smile. Because animals surround them every day, they understand the love and comfort that these pets can give. Christie noted that it would be wonderful to share this with other people, especially in such a trying time.
To have a furry “coworker,” simply send an email to the shelter, including the time and date of the meeting. Then, note the type of animal that you prefer to host. You can either choose a specific animal or provide some details about the kind of participant that you want to have.
Christie said that the requester could have an animal who sits quietly during the meeting or have someone who does something a little crazier. Catherine Middleton Duchess of Cambridge was the first rescue dog to test-drive the program. The sweet pittie met with Altria, a Richmond-based company. Catherine proved to be a model employee during the Monday meeting.
According to Christie, Catherine was incredibly quiet and calm. She enjoyed sitting on the lap and was very professional. Christie said that Catherine took her job very seriously. For the kittens, the shelter staff decided to get a little creative and designed a mock-office with a tiny desk, a to-do list, and a coffee cup.
Currently, the only pets that can participate in the program are those that are housed in the facility. However, once more people get interested, the shelter plans to include the dogs and cats that are in foster homes.
Through this effort, Christie hopes that they will not only help make people smile. They hope that people would consider adopting from the shelter too. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if someone falls in love with their furry coworker during one of these meetings?
Credit: Richmond Animal Care and Control