Dogs get into the workplace thanks to Dogs’ Refuge Home program


SwanCare’s Garry Black, Kim George and Graham Francis with rescue dog Laila. Picture: Marie Nirme
SwanCare’s Garry Black, Kim George and Graham Francis with rescue dog Laila. Picture: Marie Nirme

A HOMELESS hound from the Dogs’ Refuge Home in Shenton Park has been taken on at Bentley-based aged care organisation SwanCare.

Run by PetRescue, the Workplace Pet Foster Care program aims to boost morale, to help develop and strengthen bonds between colleagues, and to get everyone engaged in office life.

Companies welcome rescue pets into their workplace on a temporary, foster-basis in a bid to give them a second chance and ultimately find them a permanent home.

SwanCare’s foster pooch Laila joined the team earlier this month and has spent her days socialising among her co-workers.

SwanCare chief executive Graham Francis said she had been popular in the office.

“Laila has fitted into our office environment perfectly, although she is doing a lot of snoozing on the job,” he said.

“Everyone in the office has fallen in love with her and (we are) delighted to be one of the first organisations in WA to take part in this innovative program, which is really just a win-win all round.”

PetRescue co-founder John Bishop said the program had a range of benefits for local businesses and staff morale in general, as well as the rescue pets themselves.

“The benefits of being around pets are well known, and research has proven they offer many physical and mental health benefits to the people who spend time with them,” he said.

More on PetRescue’s Workplace Pet Foster Car Program here.