Human Walking Program
Always stuck at your desk? Let a friendly shelter dog take you for a walk out around Flagstaff Gardens this Friday 4 April.
Getting outside to stretch your legs, calm your mind and breathe in some fresh air is an important part of the day for the full-time office worker – but many of us don’t take the breaks we need. Studies have shown that most Australians don’t take their lunchbreak, which combined with the increasingly long average working hours of full-time office workers, can have a real impact on our mental health, contributing to stress, anxiety and depression.
To help you get out from behind your desk, The Lost Dogs’ Home invites Melbourne office workers to come down to Flagstaff Gardens this Friday 4 April for the first Human Walking Program. Dogs of all ages and breeds who are up for adoption will be waiting to take you out for a walk around the gardens, or to have a quick play before you head back to the office.
“Dogs are a widely known stress reliever and companion. We are thrilled to offer CBD workers a much needed outdoor break with our wonderful dogs up for adoption,” says Kate Hoelter, The Lost Dogs’ Home General Manager of Fundraising and Communications. “We don’t always realise as office workers how many hours we spend cooped up inside rarely getting out. So what better way to spend a lunch break than with a friend who will no doubt take the stress out of your day?”
Food vendors, music and information about adoption will also be on offer. And who knows – you might even find a furry friend you could consider giving a home.
“It’s a fantastic way to motivate people to get outside during their breaks and also meet firsthand some of the wonderful dogs up for adoption at the Home,” says weather presenter and Lost Dogs’ Home ambassador Mike Larkan. “I will be down there on the day taking some the dogs for a walk, doing Give-a-Dog-a-Home and enjoying the fresh air.”
The Lost Dogs’ Home Human Walking Program will run from 11am–2pm this Friday 4 April at Flagstaff Gardens. For more information visit dogshome.com