New Atira Student Living resident already wagging

The newest resident at Atira Student Living is already wagging.

Lucy, the 11 month old Jack Russell is getting gentle pats all round after officially moving into Atira Woolloongabba where she will be loved and cared for by up to 350 students.

The adorable RSPCA rescue pooch replaces the original house dog, Bonnie, who has graduated to Atira’s newly opened apartments in South Brisbane.

“Lucy is currently settling into Atira Woolloongabba and will be integrated slowly into the student program over the coming weeks to make sure she adjusts properly,’’ said ATIRA CEO Andrea Slingsby.

Ms Slingsby said the doggie adoptions were in keeping with the company’s philosophy of creating a home away from home experience for its residents, many of whom come from overseas.

“We all know the joy that pets can give. Many of our students have pets at home that they miss, so we know that Bonnie  and now Lucy will bring them a lot of joy, companionship and light hearted moments  during stressful study periods,’’ Ms Slingsby said.

“We also find it is a great way to help students who may be suffering from homesickness.”

The canine companions receive the utmost care by Atira staff and residents with comprehensive feeding and exercise routines plus regular grooming and vet appointments to ensure they are the most pampered pooches in town.

Atira was formed with a vision to deliver a new benchmark in student experience and accommodation.

Atira has partnered with leading universities and tertiary institutions to ensure students have a place to live and work which not only complements this learning experience, but which goes beyond to provide personal and professional enrichment.

“Recognising that academic success is enhanced when we  create a meaningful sense of comfort, connection and belonging culminates in a superior overall experience for our students,’’ Ms Slingsby said.