ACBPS Puppies make children smile

The children at Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) in Melbourne received some playful visitors on Good Friday.

These visitors were rambunctious, drooling and totally adorable.

They were six week old Australian Customs and Border Protection Labrador Puppies, visiting the Children’s Hospital (for the first time) as part of the annual Good Friday Appeal.

A fully grown detector dog and handler also took part in a demonstration, showing off their amazing skills.

The puppies, who are bred especially to be detector dogs for Australian Customs and Border Protection Services (ACBPS) , helped to bring smiles to the unwell children’s faces during this holiday period.
ACBPS Detector Dog Program Director, Glenn Scutts advised

“These children and families have a lot on their minds, so it was great to be able to distract them with a bit of what we do,” Mr Scutts said.

“These playful pups not only perform an important role for Customs and Border Protection, but work for numerous agencies across Australia, protecting the community in a variety of ways.”

The puppies are fostered out to local families for up to 15 months.  If you are interested in becoming a foster family (and you live in Melbourne) please contact

What a fantastic appeal.

Source and image credits: ACBPS