No matter how good a shelter is, it still isn’t a home. This can lead to boredom, anxiety and the development of behaviour and/or health problems. Enrichment programming provides an interesting, complex, challenging, stimulating, and variable environment that encourages shelter animals to explore, think, learn, engage, and be well — mentally and physically. Enrichment is also a vital component of a successful adoption program. Unhappy, frustrated, or bored animals will not show well in their kennels and potential adopters will be put off by their kennel-induced behaviours. Enrichment helps to counter these behaviours by making the pets’ environments more stimulating and challenging through Environmental and Behavioural Enrichment.

Household Items to Collect
  • Baby and toddler socks
  • Balls (large basketball size)
  • Ballpoint pen cylinders (empty)
  • Kinder Surprise and/or plastic Easter eggs
  • Milk caps
  • New adult tube socks
  • Plastic pop bottles (labels removed)
  • Metal shower curtain rings
  • Towels (new or freshly laundered)
  • Wine corks
Toys to Purchase 
  • Interactive feeders
  • Kongs
  • Plastic cat toys and balls
  • Small and large rawhide bones
  • Treat release toys
Homemade Fun For Shelter Pets

You, your family, classroom or service group can brighten the day of a shelter pet by making some of these fun and easy toys that are sure to provide hours of fun and entertainment while they await their forever home. Download the following enrichment toy instructions and decide which project is right for you! When you are finished with your project, you may drop it off during business hours or contact our Education Coordinator at (306) 543-6363 ext. 224 or [email protected] and make an appointment to tour the shelter to share your gifts in person with our shelter pets.