Given the continuously growing number of people who decided to become dog parents and live with a pooch, it can’t be denied that life is better with a Fido around.
The unconditional love, constant entertainment, and devoted companionship that dogs give not only do wonders for your health; they also add meaning and purpose to your life.
But what about on the side of the dogs, particularly homeless dogs?
Despite the fact that they are also capable of providing their potential caretakers with emotional and physical support, the sad reality is that there are still dogs that end up without a forever home. There are even others that end up getting euthanized without having lived an enjoyable life for the sole purpose of keeping the animal population under control.
This is what Jennifer Malone wants to help address through the company that she founded, called Stella’s Ride.
“For me, what I think is most meaningful about us is creating opportunities for the human-animal bond. Really. There’s so much love that can take place in just 10 minutes of petting a dog. And it really can carry through all the rest of your day. this beautiful feeling that you’ve had just being around a dog and then being able to help your team help these dogs kind of banding together. Team-building is a powerful tool, I think, for companies in this very difficult work world that we’re living in.”
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An employee engagement tool that aims to connect businesses with rescue canines that need help finding a home, Stella’s Ride combines the concept of a doggie day out program and a team-building program for businesses looking to increase their employee engagement in innovative ways.
As for how the Stella’s Ride program works, Jennifer clarified that she and her team work together in partnership with rescue organizations to schedule outings with enterprises and their workforce.
The outings do not only serve as a way for employees to freely interact with lovable dogs but also become an environment where homeless dogs can show their true personalities outside a dog kennel and possibly match with the right guardians.
During an outing, the staff brings with them a local pet expert who can help facilitate the interaction between the human/employee and the rescue pup. All throughout the event, the team will then capture photos and videos that the employees can post on their social media accounts.
If you’re wondering how it benefits Stella’s Ride’s rescue group-partner, you don’t have to worry since the company also posts a donation link that allows people to donate to the rescue organization.
“I think that’s such an important part because for me, being new to making a contribution in the animal welfare community, my background has been in running an event production company and producing what I find to be interactive and engaging events that connect people in really meaningful ways. And I feel like just 10 minutes…of petting a dog has been proven to decrease cortisol levels and reduce stress. And so, we feel that there are dogs that need a little help finding a home, and they need a little love in the process. And there are humans that need a little love and energy.”
Inspired by Jennifer’s dog, Stella, whose favorite words are “Wanna go for a ride?”, Stella’s Ride was founded as a Benefit Corporation that aims to simply improve the lives of humans and animals by fostering connections between the two parties.
Although Jennifer herself made peace with the fact that they aren’t a program for everybody, she believes that partnering with Stella’s ride is still more beneficial for business owners in the long run since their outings are able to increase employee engagement at lesser costs than through other means.
When asked what her goals were for Stella’s Ride, Jennifer closed the podcast,
“We find that (what we’re doing) can also be a huge opportunity to raise funds and check some of those items off your list. So, not only fundraising and a marketing approach but also the enrichment of the animal.”
Learn more about Stella’s Ride!
Check out their website at www.stellasride.com.
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