We stand with YOU
We want you to know that we support Black Lives Matter and the peaceful protests that are happening in Philadelphia and across the country. Racial prejudice represents a disregard for basic human rights that has no place in our communities or country, and certainly not at The Pet Mechanic or our sister company Doggie Style Pets.
Up until now we have remained silent on the issue. This has been in part because we felt that contributing another vague statement of solidarity would be a disservice to the movement. We recognize it’s important to have this dialog amongst friends, family and co-workers — but what we want to see is actionable change.
The time for silence is over.
There are things within our scope that can make a positive difference in the ongoing fight against racial discrimination, socioeconomic inequality and police brutality. We are making a commitment to prioritize initiatives in our workplace and forge partnerships that we hope will do just that.
We have always had clear anti-racism, fairness language in our policies and procedures, and are committed to expand diversity within the pet industry. Furthermore, we are implementing a cultural sensitivity and awareness training program into our new employee orientation and on-going staff training.
- We recognize voting as a primary engine for change. We are now offering 2 hours paid time off for voting on any election day.
- We believe raising minimum wage is essential for advancing civil and human rights today. We have committed to raising our minimum to $14.00 in 2020 and $15.00 in 2021.
We have allocated two grooming apprentice program slots for underserved individuals. We have always valued the strength of diversity in our staff and this sponsorship will offer individuals the opportunity to learn one of the most in demand skills in the pet industry.
As we look toward the future, we see our employees as critical voices and will continue to have conversations about these important topics. We want our company to be a contributor toward a sustainable transformation that will allow every black person the social, economic, and political power to thrive.