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Calls Grow For Workplaces To Grant Compassionate Leave To People When Their Pets Die

Charisa Bossinakis

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Calls Grow For Workplaces To Grant Compassionate Leave To People When Their Pets Die

Calls are growing for employees in Ireland to take compassionate leave when their pet dies, citing it's similar to losing a family member.

The Not Just a Dog initiative conducted a survey and found 38 per cent of employees wished they would’ve been granted compassionate leave, as the death of their pet surprisingly affected them a lot worse than expected, according to Lovin.

Research also found that 51 per cent of surveyed participants said it was similar or worse to the death of a family member.

Meanwhile, 72 per cent admitted to having more photos of their phone than a partner or family member and honestly feels as adorable images of pups definitely triumph baby pics.

Credit: AG News / Alamy Live News
Credit: AG News / Alamy Live News

Additionally, 58 per cent admitted that it took them a good year to overcome the death of their pet.

Psychologist and neuroscientist Dr Sabina Brennan said: "When a dog passes on, no matter how prepared we are for it, how old the dog is or how long or how short a time they spent with you, the loss can be overwhelming.

"I think the most important aspect of coping with the loss is to allow yourself to grieve and accepting that what you’re feeling is normal. Surround yourself with people who understand and if you’re struggling, please seek professional advice.”

Currently, in Ireland, compassionate leave or force majeure leave is dependent on the type of work/contract and nature of the tragedy, including death, unexpected illness or injury to a close family member or partner. Employees can also take time off to look after someone they owe a duty of care to, according to the Citizens Information.

Credit: Alamy Stock Photo
Credit: Alamy Stock Photo

However, Executive Director of Dogs Trust Ireland, Becky Bristow said that she would like companies to extend compassionate leave to beavered pet owners, something her organisation offers.

She said: “Many people spend more time with their dogs than anyone else in their life and have a unique bond with them.

“As a dog welfare charity, we understand the impact the loss of a dog can have, so we offer our employees a day’s paid leave in the event of the death of their dog, and we would love to see other employers offer the same.”  

Featured Image Credit: Alamy Stock Photo.

Topics: News, US News, Animals

Charisa Bossinakis
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