Think about all the things that make us different in this country: where we live, what we do, who we marry, how many kids we have, what homes we live in. Then, try to think of something that we all share. What do you think it would be?
Turns out, one of the things that more and more of us are sharing is pet ownership. We like our dogs and our cats, and we like our bunnies and lizards and all other manner of pets. In fact, pet ownership is up—way up—so much so that nearly 70 percent of U.S. households have a pet. It’s the one trend that keeps going sky-high, too.
So why is this something to talk about, other than it points to a boon in pet stores and pet goods? Well, it’s also influencing the work world, as more and more businesses step up to creating pet-friendly policies. Here’s how they work.