"Pawternity leave" - or giving employees time off to care for new pets - is starting to be recognized by more companies.
Some employers offer their workers anywhere from a day to a week of paid leave to welcome a new furry friend into the family.
Among employers who recognize this perk are Mars Petcare (the pet-food division of the candy giant), Brewdog PLC, tech firm mParticle and dog-walking service Rover. mParticle will give employees two weeks of paid time if they adopt an animal from a shelter.
Some companies also give employees paid bereavement time for the loss of a beloved pet.