You can now have rescue dogs delivered to your office thanks to Dogs4Rescue’s BorrowOurRescue scheme.
Dogs4Rescue are currently running an innovative BorrowOurRescue scheme which encourages people to borrow and foster rescue dogs by taking them for days out.
The It’s Gone Viral team signed up to the BorrowOurRescue scheme and invited the most adorable pooches to the office: Ross, Grumpy Stu and Zara.
The day was extremely morale-boosting thanks to plenty of snuggles from Ross, and belly rubs for Grumpy Stu and Zara. And as you’d expect, the lovable pooches were pampered with jumbo sausages.
Even notorious Grumpy Stu had a transformation in personality as he slowly but surely warmed up to members of staff, eventually having a cosy nap in his bed!
Paige Tucker, 22-years-old, from Ancoats, Manchester said: “Sometimes work can be really stressful, especially around this time of year. So having the dogs in the office helps reduce the stress and they’ve brightened my day. I think all offices should give it a try!”
Based in Irlam, Manchester, Dogs4Rescue is an independent not-for-profit rescue which has launched a new model of kennel-free rescue in the UK, where dogs can enjoy communal living with a fantastic adventure playland to enjoy before they move to their forever homes.
This has been a mission for Emma Billington and Louise Fields, who as a part of the Dogs4Rescue team saves unfortunate UK dogs who are facing euthanasia (with a conscious effort to support bully breeds such as Staffordshire bull terriers). Dogs4Rescue also rescues abused dogs from around the world including Romania, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Afghanistan and those in the meat trade in China.
So far, Dogs4Rescue has successfully rehomed over 1200 dogs within the Greater Manchester area. Before being rehomed all dogs are neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, and have a lifetime Rescue Back-Up and where appropriate have the correct travel documents.
The rescue centre also homes 18 Sanctuary Dogs which for various reasons cannot be rehomed and therefore, will live out their days at Dogs4Rescue. They will live there with unwanted farm animals from the meat and dairy industry.
Various Manchester businesses have signed up to the scheme, including Team Knowhow who were visited by Light, a five-year-old girl who after being run over by a snowplough in Romania, only has two legs. Light was the first dog to take on the important role as office dog and of course, charmed everyone in the office with her lovable personality. Employees even spoilt her rotten with a special bed and toys and since having Light around, staff morale has drastically improved.
Emma Billington discussed why the BorrowOurRescue scheme was so vital to helping rehome dogs, and how it started in the first place: “We’ve been trying to do more with Manchester business to raise the profile of rescue dogs in general, to change the perception that rescue dogs are problem dogs and to get our dogs seen by a wider audience. Light is an amazing girl who loves being with people. Having only two legs she’s quite low energy and likes to lounge around, and her little face lights up whenever someone stops to give her a fuss. It’s a 24-hour operation at Team Knowhow so she’s been staying over and just takes herself off to bed when she’s tired. She’s a wonderful Ambassadog for all the rescue dogs out there”.
Various research has proven that there are several benefits to having a dog in the workplace, with studies revealing that it increases staffs’ serotonin and dopamine levels, which are vital for keeping up a positive mindset.
In 2016, a survey was run by Banfield Pet Hospital that found that 82% of employees felt greater loyalty to pet-friendly companies. 88% also claimed that they felt improved work morale and 86% felt reduced stress levels.
Central Michigan University carried out a study in 2010 which revealed that having dogs in a workplace improved trust between coworkers.
In the future, Dogs4Rescue are hoping to extend their K9to5 program with more forward-thinking Manchester-based companies and are hoping to invite more business owners and managers to get in touch for a chat.
In recent months, 20 dogs have visited the Missguided offices based in Trafford for an experiment to see whether or not employee morale was boosted. 5 dogs visited Tangerine PR to give employees a short break from the stresses of work-life, which certainly worked thanks to a few cuddles.
Currently, Dogs4Rescue are running a project in which the log cabin will be refurbished to create a wider Visiting Area for potential doggo owners.
Emma Billington commented: “We’re a small independent rescue and don’t currently receive any funding. The support of local companies like Team Knowhow and Howdens has been transformative for us. We raised enough through Sherry’s marathon for the main visitor building and a grooming parlour building. The volunteer/community log cabin is a refurbishment we wouldn’t be able to afford were it not for the kind generosity of these companies. We will be hosting our innovative Pet Therapy sessions there as well as welcoming lonely pensioners for afternoon tea who would benefit from some doggy cuddles. We have yet to find a way to pay for the meet-and-greet area Paradise Playground to complete the visitor vision and would love to talk to other local companies (especially building and construction) who might be able to help with that.”
This doggy rescue centre looks absolutely increable! 😍❤️
Posted by Happiest on Friday, 5 July 2019
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