Beth Bellanti, at Tito’s Handmade Vodka, says the company plans to donate the prize money to animal rescues and charity organizations like Emancipet, a spay/neuter program they currently support through their upcoming website, VodkaForDogPeople.com. Bellanti explained, "Tito built his distillery with a very beloved dog by his side 16 years ago and that culture of having dogs around us at Tito's Handmade Vodka and helping other dogs has always been a comfort."
Trupanion’s Pet-Friendly Workplace Seal of Approval contest recognizes companies that are starring examples of creating a pet-friendly environment. Pets in the workplace not only encourage adoptions, but can improve overall happiness and productivity. According to a survey by the American Pet Products Association (APPA), 47 million Americans believe having pets in the workplace creates a more productive work environment. At Trupanion, we know this to be true. Trupanion has been a pet-friendly workplace since we were founded in 1998. We have tried different things, learned from early mistakes, and developed a program that has led to the seamless comingling of human, canine, and feline coworkers.
Congratulations also go out to the four contest finalists, which were carefully chosen from almost 100 entries:
These companies all exhibit an exemplary pet-friendly environment, create and uphold pet-friendly work policies, and support pet causes. We look forward to celebrating more pet-friendly companies around the country in 2014.