|Plush toys offer comfort to Shelter animals like Dixie|
RSPCA’s Hunter Shelter is currently home to a large number of animals including those that ended up at the Shelter during the busy breeding season, as well as stray and impounded dogs brought in by the local council. Space is scarce and animal toys are in high demand. As a result, Shelter Staff are asking the community for donated pet-friendly toys that can be passed around to Shelter animals.
“Summer may be over, but we’re still dealing with the aftermath of a very busy breeding season,” said RSPCA Hunter Shelter Supervisor Sharon Wynne. “In addition, local councils have brought in a higher than average number of strays recently. This is in addition to the number of animals that are already in our care, which means we’re going through toys more quickly than we normally would.”
“Animals become bored quite easily,” said Ms Wynne. “So we use toys as a way to provide mental and physical stimulation, but also comfort to animals during their stay in an unfamiliar environment.” Specifically, the Shelter is in need of pet-friendly toys (no beanie toys) including plush toys and teddies, as well as Kongs, tug-o-war rope toys, rubber chew toys and chew/rawhide bones to keep dogs occupied while in their kennels.
All treats and toys can be dropped off at the RSPCA Hunter Shelter, located at 6-10 Burlington Place in Rutherford between 9.00am and 4.00pm (closed Tuesdays). Donated items can also be dropped off at RSPCA’s Tighes Hill Veterinary Clinic, located at 75 Elizabeth Street in Tighes Hill between 9.00am and 4.00pm (Monday – Friday).