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Operation Kindness Announces Companies Who Care Program

Aug 25, 2016 07:53AM ● By Audrey Sellers

Photo via Operation Kindness Facebook page

Want to interact with adorable, adoptable animals during your workday? Here’s your chance. Operation Kindness, North Texas’ original and largest no-kill animal shelter, has launched the Companies Who Care program to allow area professionals a way to step out of the office and volunteer with animals. The program is designed to not only enhance employee health and productivity, but to raise funds and awareness for the shelter.

“North Texans have always been known for their generosity, and for this, we are forever grateful to be a part of the Dallas-Fort Worth community,” said Jim Hanophy, CEO of Operation Kindness, in a press release. “In the past year, we have had more than 28 companies step out of their office to volunteer at our campus. The support of corporate sponsors allowed us to save more than 4,500 lives in 2015, and we are aiming to help many more in 2016.”

As a part of the corporate giving program, companies can arrange for a Work Paws Playdate to have Operation Kindness bring socialized puppies, dogs and sometimes kittens to any local workplace. This unique program treats employees to a “Cuteness Break,” featuring playtime with adoptable pets and “fur therapy” of dog kisses and cat purrs. Playdates are limited and arranged with a sponsorship fee on a first-come, first-served basis.

Companies are also encouraged to participate in Kindness, Inc., a unique team-building program designed to encourage teamwork, philanthropy and career development by bringing the office together for a full day of team exercises and interactions with cute animals. Hosted by Steve A. Klein, CEO of Professional Development Center, employees participate in corporate training featuring three different workshops that focus on understanding communication styles, increasing teamwork and improving intentional communication. Kindness, Inc. is designed for groups of 10 to 20 employees. Each participant is provided lunch, a team T-shirt and certificate of participation for $250 per employee.

Interested in getting your business involved with the Companies Who Care program? Visit OperationKindness.org for details.