How to Create a Participant Pledge for Your Workplace

Many people will likely leap at the opportunity to bring a pet to work. But doing so comes with important responsibilities.

Having an employee sign a participant pledge before bringing a pet to work helps formalize these expectations and make sure both the employee and the company understand the rules.

A participant pledge:

  • Formalizes the agreement the pet-owner is making to the program and its rules.
  • Collects key information that you will want to have on file for any participating pet.
  • Helps protect your organization by communicating in writing the expectations and liabilities of participating.

You will want to develop your participant pledge to include, at minimum:

  • Employee name
  • Employee department
  • Employee contact information
  • Employee workspace location (E.g. office or cubicle number)
  • Pet name
  • Pet type
  • Pet gender
  • Pet age
  • Pet description (e.g. color, breed, size)
  • Pet health concerns
  • Confirmation of pet vaccination
  • Confirmation of pet house-training
  • Confirmation of insurance that covers pet bites
  • Acknowledgement of responsibility for pet and any damage caused

See a sample participant pledge here.

Want more tips? Check out the PETS WORK AT WORK Toolkit for info about how to start and maintain a successful pet-friendly workplace program.

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