Scratchpay adds pawternity leave as employee benefit

The company grants five days off and assists with obedience training.

Scratchpay adds pawternity leave as employee benefit

The startup company Scratchpay is giving its employees another reason to adopt a shelter pet: five days of paid leave.

Scratchpay, which helps veterinary clients pay for pet health care, joined a small number of companies that offer so-called pawternity leave. Industry giant Mars Petcare, for example, grants 10 hours of paid leave when an employee gets a new pet.

Scratchpay goes a step farther by issuing vouchers good for in-home obedience training.

Co-founder Caleb Morse advocates pet adoptions, saying he and his wife found their cat in a trash bin.

“We were fortunate enough to be able to pay for his medical bills, but it was a really tough experience,” Morse said. “I still remember being exhausted the next day at work.”

Company CEO John Keatley agreed that bringing a pet into a household requires an adjustment period.

“When our people adopt, we want them to have the time they need to help their pet settle into their new home,” he said. Protection Status