BYOD(og): 5 Charlotte companies that let you bring your pup to work

BYOD(og): 5 Charlotte companies that let you bring your pup to work

Kayla Zarecky working with her dog at Tattoo Projects. Photo: Paige Hopkins/Axios

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Getting back to the office might feel daunting if you’ve worked from home for the last year. These companies will make the transition a little easier by letting your dog come to work with you.

Why it matters: While remote work will continue to be an option for many companies after the pandemic, those that are welcoming employees back are looking for ways to make the office more homey.

Plus, pandemic pets aren’t used to being left alone. Bringing your dog to work could be a big help in avoiding the impacts of separation anxiety.

“It definitely brings happiness into our agency. It’s a natural stress reliever,” Kayla Zarecky who works at dog-friendly ad agency Tattoo Projects tells me. “It reminds us to take a minute and breathe and walk outside, even if it’s a five-minute walk.”

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Pro tip: Office dogs give extra attention to the folks who bring treats, especially Koda (he’s on Instagram). Paige Hopkins/Axios


 Humane Society of Charlotte

It’s no surprise that the animal lovers over at the Humane Society allow their employees to bring their dogs to work. Many of their now office dogs are former rescues.

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Location: 2700 Toomey Ave.

Openings: HSC has a few open positions, plus they’re always looking for volunteers.

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HSC’s VP of Operations, Libby Jones, and her dog Shorty.


2ULaundry

The laundry and dry cleaning service does direct pick up and drop offs from their customers’ homes. While more of their employees are working remotely these days, they’re still allowing dogs in the office.

Location: The company’s headquartered in Charlotte at 4444 South Blvd.

Openings: The company has a number of both part-time and full-time openings from delivery drivers to folding associates.


Tattoo Projects

The advertising agency works with companies from Addidas to Sheetz. On a typical day anywhere from three to five dogs, or “barketing directors” will roam the office to hang out with their humans at work.

Location: 704 Morris St.

Openings: Tattoo Projects says it is always looking for new talent. Reach out to hiring@tatooprojects.com for opportunities.

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Tattoo Projects’ dogs Koda, Norman and Eddie sometimes get to model for office photoshoots. Paul Skinner/Tattoo Projects


Tyler 2 Construction

The construction company handles a range of work including new construction, renovations and commercial/retail projects. The office dogs vary from Great Danes to Golden Retriever puppies. Employees say the pets help ease stress throughout the day.

Location: 5400 Old Pineville Road

Openings: Check the company’s website for future job opportunities.


SPARK Publications

The design company works on everything from magazines to catalogs. Company employees are called SPARKlers and their pets are SPARK-pups.

Location: 2116 Crown Centre Dr. Ste 300.

Openings: The company plans to post new openings soon. Check their website for future opportunities.

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One of the SPARK Publications office dogs. Courtesy of Sofia Preslar


Editor’s note: This guide was last updated on June 28, 2021. Know of any other employers that should be on this list? Email me at paige.hopkins@axios.com.

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