Human babies aren’t the only ones that need time to bond and settle into your home routine. “Fur babies,” especially rescued animals, can take some time to get adjusted to their new surroundings–which is where a fur-ternity leave can help. What is “fur-ternity” leave, you might ask? Exactly what it sounds like: it’s parental leave for pet owners.

One Minneapolis company, Nina Hale, has added an unusual new benefit for its employees: fur-ternity leave, or the ability to work from home for one week after adopting a new pet. This company isn’t the first to offer something like this. According to CNBC, at mParticle, a data company in New York, employees can take advantage of a “paw-ternity leave,” which gives them two weeks paid leave if they adopt a rescue animal or exotic pet.

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The upside, employees say, is that they have time to help pets adjust, which is especially crucial with rescued animals. “It can be a stressful situation going from its original home to a new home,” Connor McCarthy, a Nina Hale employee said. “It was really, really nice to be there while I’m working to transition him.”

While these benefits are awesome for fur babies and their new parents, it certainly begs the question of whether these companies are also offering similar benefits for their employees bringing home human babies. For its part, a representative for Nina Hale says it offers its employees 12 weeks paid family leave benefits for both moms and dads.

With the United States ranking among the worst in the world when it comes to paid leave benefits for parents, it would be great to see more companies applying the same treatment to new human babies and their families as well.

—Shahrzad Warkentin



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