Friday, October 18, 2013

Halloween brings 'Tricks for Treats' to the RSPCA

RSPCA NSW Tricks 4 Treats at the Sydney Shelter 2012

Our RSPCA Shelters are currently experiencing a shortage of toys and treats for the animals in our care. With Halloween just around the corner, we hope our annual ‘Tricks for Treats’ initiative will encourage the public to donate pet-friendly treats and toys in the lead up to 31 October.

“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 each of our shelters across New South Wales. If you would like to donate any toys or treats, you can drop them off at the following shelters:

Blue Mountains
121 - 125 Mort St
Katoomba NSW 2780
Broken Hill
South Rd
Broken Hill NSW 2880
Central Coast
Lot 455 Reeves Road
Somersby NSW 2250
Coffs Harbour
Dowsett Drive
Coffs Harbour NSW 2450
Dubbo
Boothenba Road, Cnr Yarrandale Rd
Dubbo NSW 2830
Hunter
6-10 Burlington Place
Rutherford NSW 2320
Illawarra
54 Industrial Road
Unanderra NSW 2526
Shoalhaven
114 Flatrock Road
Mundamia NSW 2541
Orange
71 William Street
Orange NSW 2800
Port Macquarie
10 Karungi Crescent
Port Macquarie NSW 2444
Sydney
201 Rookwood Road
Yagoona NSW 2199
Tweed Heads
48 Boyd Street
Tweed Heads NSW 2485

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