“Treats are a very important part of our positive reinforcement training methods with the animals,” said RSPCA Sydney Shelter Manager Adam Farrugia. “Shelter staff and volunteers practice obedience training with the animals on a daily basis, so treats are consumed quickly.”
While treats are used as a reward system for training, toys provide comfort and stimulation for animals staying in an unfamiliar environment.
“Animals up for adoption at the RSPCA stay with us as long as it takes for them to find a new home,” said Mr Farrugia. “This means some animals are with us for quite a while, so we like to ensure they’re provided with toys that offer enrichment and comfort while they’re here.”
All donated dog and cat items can be dropped off at the RSPCA Sydney Shelter, 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona between 9.00am and 7.30pm. Treats and toys can also be purchased directly from the Shelter’s retail store (closed Wednesdays) and the RSPCA Care Centre at Rouse Hill Town Centre. Other shelters in NSW will also be accepting gifts for their animals.