The Think “Paw”sitive Program is hopefully starting a trend. If you have never heard of it, that is okay, since it is a new experimental program. However, it is actually pretty ingenious because it promotes awareness through socialization.
Why Didn’t Someone Think of this Sooner?
Have you ever wished that you could take your adorable Pit Bull to work with you? I am not talking about just on a trip to the office to retrieve some papers you forgot on Friday.
If so, you are not alone in your wish and sometimes wishes do come true.
This all started with one question, “What if you could experience the joy of a pet, while at work?”
A Program Rooted in Forward Thinking.
That question has led to this amazing new program at the Humane Society of Genesee County in Burton, Michigan.
The program has been tagged with the slogan “Paws” that refresh.
The conscientious companies are always looking for ways to reduce stress and improve productivity at work. Many are now allowing short naps, massages, and providing in-house fitness facilities.
A Program that Both Refreshes and Promotes Awareness.
Well now, there is one more option companies have at their disposal to help relieve stress and improve productivity, “pets”.
Animals have been known to help with the human mental state and overall mental health.
There is an entire industry dedicated to the training and supplying of therapy dogs. I am happy to say that we can count Pit Bulls among those being used as therapy dogs.
Providing Exposure to those Who may not have Received Such an Opportunity.
Whenever there is an issue that needs to be promoted, it starts with awareness. It is virtually impossible to address a problem if you are unaware of the problem.
There is one problem, however, that we are all aware of. The negative stereotype and image of the Pit Bull are all too familiar.
A program like this could potentially spread the awareness about the Pit Bull in ways we have not seen before. Many people for whatever reason refuse to even try to see things from another’s point of view. A program like this could go along way towards changing that.
The Ramifications of a Program that Promotes Socialization.
Every dog lover is aware of the energy and joy puppies and dogs can bring to a home.
The wonderful women and men of the Humane Society of Genesee County want to expand on that idea. Their program Think “Paw”sitive set out to see if employees in the workplace would benefit from some quality time with them as well.
I am happy to report that so far this program has been a success.
Hopefully other Companies and Humane Societies will Participate Nationwide.
“I know how happy and excited we are when we have puppies and kittens in, and, you know, I thought what other businesses would love for us to come in,” Mari Brooks, community events coordinator for the Humane Society of Genesee County said.
“How upset can you be, even if you’re at work and you’re holding a puppy?” Brooks said.
The answer to that question is not very and not for long. Even if it is something that truly upsets you, holding an adorable Pit Bull puppy would minimize that stress.
This Could be a Win-Win Scenario for Businesses and Shelters.
The Pit Bull type-breed has the highest per capita population and the lowest overall adoption rate of any other breed.
In turn, they usually have the longest stay in a shelter than any other breed. This also attributes to Pit Bulls being the most likely to be euthanized.
The Pit Bull type-breed can definitely benefit from a program like this. The breed can possibly receive exposure from those less likely to visit a shelter. This will also bolster awareness of the breed. I dare say it will put a positive shine on the Pit Bull image.
Think “Paw”sitive Can Bring About the Positive Change the Pit Bull Breed Needs.
If enough agencies can garner enough support and participation in this amazing program, there can be an epic shift in the perception of the Pit Bull.
Imagine people associating Pit Bulls with a relaxing day at work rather than the last random Pit Bull attack.
This is a real possibility if this can become a recognized and effective method in the workplace. Seeing how dogs are already being used as therapy animals, why not. This just seems like the next logical step.
Can the Rest of the Nation be Brought on Board?
This is a relatively simple concept that happens to be ingenious. I know that the obvious drawback is not everyone works in an office or a building for that matter.
Then there are those who work in the food service business and sanitation might be an issue.
However, like all things new, we have to work the bugs out. This is no different.
A Successful Initial test Run for Think “Paw”sitive.
The Humane Society of Genesee County states that which pets they bring out depends on availability.
Like every shelter, rescue group or Humane Society it is almost a guarantee that there are always Pit Bulls available. However, for once this is a good thing, because it will give these dogs a chance to be seen. A chance to change just one more person’s perception of a Pit Bull.
They also state that they limit their sessions to an hour of cuddle time at your workplace. The Humane Society of Genesee County reports that so far, the response has been good.
This is a Step in the Right Direction, it just Needs Traction.
“We’ve had our first one at Financial Plus, where we had three puppies and a kitten. Actually, one of the puppies got adopted through that event,” Brooks commented.
“The experience was amazing,” said Financial Plus Public Relations Specialist Kristen Brisbin. “Our employees had wonderful feedback. Not only was it a wellness day for our employees, but there was actually a few animals that were adopted out. A lot of smiles, a lot of laughs, a lot of hugs with the animals.”