Perks for pet lovers

JHU employees have access to dozens of discounts and services for their animal friends

James Biernatowski and his dog, Louis

Image caption: Among the animal lovers at Johns Hopkins are staffers in Homewood's Garland Hall, who brought their pets to a recent yappy hour on the Decker Quad. Here, James Biernatowski and Louis. Meet more of the attendees in the story's photo gallery.


If pets are part of your household—and for 48.6% of Marylanders, they are—you should definitely brush up on all the pet-centric benefits available to you as a Johns Hopkins employee. To name just a few:

  • Discounts on insurance, food, and treats for your pets
  • Help finding dog walkers, pet-friendly hotels, and vet appointments
  • Access to major events like the Westminster Dog Show and CFA International Cat Show

Let's get started.

Nationwide pet insurance

New this year as a voluntary benefits offering is pet insurance from Nationwide (the first and only provider in the U.S. to cover birds and exotic pets).

My Pet Protection reimburses you for eligible vet bills and includes benefits for emergency boarding and lost-pet advertising. You can choose 50% or 70% reimbursement for the level of coverage that fits your needs, getting cash back for accidents, illnesses, hereditary conditions, and more. In addition, the company's 24/7 vethelpline is included as a service to all pet insurance members ($110 value).

Employees can enroll at any time of the year.

Learn more about pet insurance from Nationwide on the JHU Voluntary Benefits website.

Care@Work pet care

If all your household members are back at school and work, you may be looking for some new companionship for your pets. As a Johns Hopkins employee, you have a free premium membership to, the world's largest online community for finding and managing care, including for your pets and home.

On the website, you can explore detailed caregiver profiles in your area and post any job to meet your needs, including pet sitting and grooming. You also can check out articles and guides to find pet care tips from experts.

To begin using these benefits, register with Care@Work through using your JHED ID (without

To learn more about the enhanced suite of benefits available to you from Care@Work, visit the Family & Caregiving Programs page of the HR website.

LifeMart discounts

If you're a dog owner spending an average of $240 a month on your pet (a real number, from a recent survey), you might be looking for ways to reduce your spending. A great place to start is LifeMart, the university's employee discount program.

Head to the LifeMart website, click on Pets on the green navigational bar, and you'll find the current offerings on pet care and coupons.

Some recent finds were 50% off your first box on food from the Farmer's Dog, $35 off your first autoship from Chewy, 25% off PrettyLitter, $20 off's neighborhood pet care, and 30% off Custom Pet Bobbles. There's even a coupon for $40 off EmbarkVet's breed and health kit, which tests for more than 350 breeds, types, and varieties, as well as more than 190 genetic health conditions.

You'll also find grocery coupons for $1 or more off products that recently included food from Rachel Ray Nutrish, Bella, and Kibbles 'n Bits.

To get started with your LifeMart savings, visit the Discounts page of the university's HR website.

Johns Hopkins myConcierge

If you think a service with "concierge" in its name caters to human needs (hotel rooms! flights!), you're right … but Johns Hopkins myConcierge can also take care of your pet's needs. It can help you book a pet-friendly hotel, get your pooch a seat on a flight, snag a spot in a boarding kennel, even find a dog-walking service or book a veterinarian appointment.

To learn more about JH myConcierge, head to the mySupport Programs page of the HR website.

And one more thing …

Any photo of your pet can be endearing, but if you want to capture Fido's essence like a professional, you might want to look into the popular iPhone Photography Basics and Fundamentals of Photography courses offered by the Krieger School's Odyssey Program.

Under the Johns Hopkins University Tuition Remission Plan, eligible full-time JHU faculty, staff, and retirees receive 80% remission for Odyssey's noncredit personal enrichment courses.

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