In a society plagued with pain, anxiety and depression, the proper therapy may include more than the conventional methods of counseling and prescriptions. According to the Mayo Clinic, the solution may just be in man’s best friend: dogs, though any pet may do the trick.

June 22 is Take Your Dog to Work Day® (TYDTWD), which was first celebrated in 1999.

“It was created by Pet Sitters International (PSI) … as a unique way to give back to the pet community from which our members earn their livings,” wrote Beth Stultz, Pet Sitters International Vice President and Take Your Dog to Work Day® spokeswoman in an email. “The day was created to celebrate the great companions dogs make and promote their adoptions from local rescues, animal shelters and humane societies.”

The Housing Authority of the city of San Buenaventura is an official local participant in the Take Your Dog to Work Day for the last four years.

“The agency decided to participate in TYDTWD to recognize the important role that pets play in our staff’s life,” wrote Cheryl Tabbi, Human Resources Manager, in an email. “There are also several health benefits that pets provide to their owners, and how they can lower blood pressure, relieve stress and increase happiness. We also hope this effort supports adopting shelter pets, as most of the dogs were adopted.”

Some employers may be reluctant to participate, given that not all dogs and people may get along. But it only seems to bring the employees of the Housing Authority together.

“Staff just loves it,” relayed Tabbi. “As the dogs arrive, they are very excited to meet everyone, but after about 30 minutes, they have acclimated to the office and settle down next to their owner, aside from the few that hang out at the watercooler to catchup with each other from last year. We are expecting 10 dogs this year to join us. We have a potluck lunch and barbecue hot dogs. Each dog is treated like a celebrity and receives a swag bag with wonderful donations from Lucy Pet Products, PetSmart, VCA Westlake Village Animal Hospital and Petco.”