Wednesday, October 8, 2014

RSPCA Tricks for Treats

Here’s a healthy Halloween habit. Instead of stocking up on sweets and lollies, why not buy treats and toys for animals in RSPCA shelters instead?

Tricks for Treats is RSPCA NSW’s annual call for rewards and amusement for the animals in its care while they wait for their furever families. Everyone is encouraged to donate pet-friendly treats and toys in the lead up to 31 October.

“Treats are an integral part of our positive reinforcement training methods with the animals,” said Executive Manager - Animal Care Services Brendon Neilly. “All our staff and volunteers are encouraged to work with all of our dogs and even our cats every day so we go through a lot of treats and toys  in our shelters. These sessions are an investment in our animals finding their forever home and reinforce that connection between our people and our animals. ”

While treats are used as a reward system for training, toys provide comfort and stimulation for animals staying in an unfamiliar environment. 

“Our adoption animals stay with us as long as it takes for them to find a new home,” said Mr Neilly. “Some are with us for quite a while, so we try to provide as much enrichment and comfort for them as we can while they’re here.  One of our animals “Hurley” who is deaf, has even learnt sign language.”

Your treats and toys for dogs and cats can be dropped off at any RSPCA NSW shelter or care centre across New South Wales:

Central Coast
Lot 455 Reeves Road
6-10 Burlington Place
54 Industrial Road
71 William Street
201 Rookwood Rd
114 Flatrock Road
RSPCA Care Centre Rouse Hill
Rouse Hill Town Centre
Windsor Road,
Rouse Hill
RSPCA Care Centre Tuggerah
Tuggerah Homemaker Centre
Cnr Bryant Drive & Wyong Rd

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