Australian student accommodation provider Atira has welcomed its first canine resident aimed at making its Woolloongabba students feel even more at home.
Atira Woolloongabba in conjunction with the RSPCA has announced the adoption of a rescue dog that will be loved and cared for by up to 350 students at the 15 Regent Street apartments.
Bonnie, a four year old German Shepherd, met her new student friends at an official welcoming ceremony.
Atira CEO, Andrea Slingsby, said the doggie adoption was 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 will bring them a lot of joy, companionship and light hearted moments during stressful study periods,’’ Ms Slingsby said.
“Atira is dedicated to changing student living for the better and creating memorable life experiences for every resident. Our new canine companion is just one example of how we are doing that.
“This initiative will be an amazing addition for our very big family,’’ she said.
Ms Slingsby said that during the day Bonnie will be housed in the foyer and common areas for residents to greet and play with, building a positive and stress-free environment.
She will also be available for the residents to book online time-slots so that they may take it to the park for exercise and play.
“We believe that this will be an effective and fun way to relieve student stress and help with any feelings of home-sickness.”
The canine companion will receive the utmost care by Atira staff and residents with comprehensive feeding and exercise routines plus regular grooming and vet appointments to ensure it is the most pampered pooch in town.
Nights will be spent in a private, specially-fitted kennel to wind down from all the excitement.
Queensland Board President for the RSPCA, Dr Andrew Tribe, said the dog was going to a very good home.
“Matching the right people to the right dog is important to the RSPCA and we are confident that she will have many good friends at Atira Woolloongabba,’’ Dr Tribe said.
“The adoption process contributes significantly to the improvement of animal welfare in Queensland and we are constantly looking at new approaches to help as many animals as possible.
“Over the past 10 years, the RSPCA has adopted out, reunited with their owners or released to the wild more than 700,000 animals including 383,000 dogs and puppies,’’ he said.
A majority-owned joint venture between Blue Sky Private Real Estate and Goldman Sachs, Atira is a leading Australian student accommodation brand which aims to build a $1.5 billion property portfolio within five years, delivering 10,000 purpose built student beds in premium inner city locations.
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.