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All dogs go to Google: a story of adoption in Chile

August 25th, 2017

Google is a dog company. Googlers often bring their dogs—affectionately referred to as Dooglers—to work, but our company-wide love for dogs goes even deeper than that. 

Google’s affection for our canine friends is an integral facet of our corporate culture. We like cats, but we’re a dog company." Google Code of Conduct

We recently heard a pretty cool story about dogs at our data center in Quilicura, Chile, and in honor of National Dog Day tomorrow, we’re sharing it with you.

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This is Nala, who was adopted by a family in the U.S.!

While the data center in Chile was being built in 2014, the workers on site noticed a problem: about 40 stray dogs repeatedly visited the site in search of food. Cute dogs without loving owners? This was certainly a problem we could solve.

We built a kennel on the construction site to feed the dogs and keep them safe and healthy. We brought in a veterinarian to spay and neuter the dogs, give them antiparasitic treatment and ensure they had proper vaccinations. And most importantly, we named the dogs—Nala, Luna, Burro (translation: donkey), and Perro Chico (translation: small dog) are just a few.

From there, we created an adoption program for the dogs and spread word to the surrounding community. Within a year and a half, every dog found a new home.

We’ll bark to that.