Dog Intake Coordinator
Posted September 16, 2018 at 02:52 PM Under "Behavior & Training (Animal)"
Enrichment Ideas

Hi everyone!
We are currently trying to implement more enrichment for our shelter cats and dogs. I have done some research to find ideas of things we can do but would so greatly appreciate it if some of you could post pictures or descriptions of the things you do at your facility. We have a lower adoption rate of the larger dogs we get in and thus need some ideas specifically for larger dogs that have been housed here for a longer amount of time.

Thank you so much in advance!

  • EmmeH    September 17, 2018 at 09:08 AM

    There are a lot of enrichment ideas out there, so it definitely can be a little overwhelming to pick some to try first! Would you be able to share some more info on your current enrichment program and what kind of resources you have? That way folks can try to point to some particular things that might work well for your shelter.

    Do the enrichment activities need to be things staff can easily do while cleaning, or do you have volunteers who can provide it? Do you have a set of volunteers who would be willing to each spend an hour or two weekly prepping enrichment that can be used through the week? Where will you get your enrichment supplies? Do they need to be things you have on hand, do you have supporters who will reliably buy requested supplies, or do you have wiggle room in your budget to buy some yourself? How many cats/dogs are typically in your care?