Choosing to get a petis a huge decision, which is why it makes sense that some employers are offering perks for pet owners — especially since, in terms of life-changing moments, some people consider it right up there with having a baby. Many people find that a pet makes their lives infinitely more joyful, right from day one. "Pets enrich our lives in so many ways," Caitlin Ultimo, resident pet expert at Chewy, previously told Bustle. "No matter how bad of a day you may have had, it’s impossible not to smile when you get that welcome home greeting at the door. A dog will be your constant companion — and won’t care if you lost an account at work or didn’t do the laundry. They ask for very little in return, basic food and shelter, and are so grateful when you surprise them with a special treat or toy."
But pets are also work. They require a lot of time, energy, and money — and puppies are just little trembling balls of need for about six months. Fitting in being a pet owner around the rest of your life can be tough, especially when it comes to your career. Luckily, more and more employers are starting to recognize how important pets are to the lives of their employees. In fact, some of them are starting to make it easier and more straightforward to balance pet parenthood and a career, by providing pet-based benefits to their workers. If you're a devoted pet parent, here are some employee perks to keep your eyes out for.