Before Ben & Jerry’s shut down its offices in South Burlington on March 13, 2020, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the dog-to-person ratio was 1 to 2.

“We had between 40 to 45 dogs in the office on any given day,” said Lindsay Bumps, a global marketing specialist for the ice cream company.

That’s a lot of dogs, and it probably explains Ben & Jerry’s recent ranking of 31st nationally for dog-friendly offices in a survey done by Rover.com, an online marketplace for pet care, founded in 2011.

Bumps said no firm date has been set for Ben & Jerry’s employees to return to their South Burlington offices, but she’s hoping it will happen some time next spring. When the doors do re-open, she fully expects the dogs to come back along with the people, plus some.

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“At least a handful of coworkers have welcomed quarantine dogs into their families, so I think there will be more,” Bumps said.

Dogs are welcome in Ben & Jerry's offices in South Burlington

Dogs were welcomed into plenty of offices in Vermont before the pandemic hit, including Burton, Seventh Generation and Switchback, said Erin Bombard of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce. That is by no means a comprehensive list, she said, but includes some of the bigger companies that sanctioned canines.

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