What would make work meetings more exciting and entertaining?
The obvious answer is shelter pets.
Dogs and cats are proven stress relievers, so it’s a no-brainer to invite them to work meetings.
Richmond Animal Care and Control came up with an idea to get their adoptable shelter dogs and cats in front of more people while making mundane work meetings more bearable. Their new RACC Chat program encourages companies, groups, and individuals to invite a shelter dog or cat to join their Zoom meeting.
The hope is that someone will fall in love with the adorable dog or cat and adopt them. In addition, everyone on the call will be entertained, maybe a bit distracted at first, but all will be smiling.
The shelter has a range of personalities to fit whatever energy people are looking to add to the meeting. Some pets are docile and will rest quietly throughout the meeting, while others are more rambunctious and will zoom past the camera as they play.
A student robotics team invited Duchess, a sweet shelter pup, to join their meeting and they couldn’t be happier with the results. The team commented, “So much fun with Duchess on our call! She’s beautiful and was very content the entire hour of our call!”
The program is a huge success with over a dozen scheduled meetings and one birthday celebration. Andrew Cressman treated his dog on his 5th birthday to a virtual chat with a shelter dog. Cressman posted, “Badger, our dog, loved his birthday present!”
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As if kittens weren’t cute enough, the shelter staff created an office space for the kittens to attend their meetings. The office offers everything the little felines will need for the meeting including a laptop, schedule of events, and business card.
The requests continue to come in and the shelter said the program is “really taking off”. If you’re interested in having a shelter pet join your upcoming virtual meeting, email Katie.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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