Thanksgiving Enriched Environment Trail and Activities

Dec 01 2015

Since it was such a hit at Halloween, Animal Enrichment Specialist Suzanne was at it again for Thanksgiving with another great set of activities and opportunities to explore for our animals.  First up were our feline residents!  Alphonso decided to …

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Animal Friends is Providing Treats, Not Tricks, for Residents

Oct 26 2015

In light of the Halloween season, Animal Friends is again providing some not-so-spooky enrichment for its shelter residents based on this ghoulish holiday. Our eerily creative Animal Enrichment Specialist, Suzanne Denk, cooked up a “Halloween Enriched Environment Trail” for our …

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Pumpkin Hay Bags for Bunnies: A Spooky Enrichment Treat!

Oct 07 2015

  By: Suzanne Denk, Animal Enrichment Specialist Remember paper bag pumpkins from preschool?  A brown lunch bag filled with hay provides an enriching way to provide a rabbit with some of his daily portion of hay.     Simply fill the …

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Enrichment for All Species (Black Tie & Tails Enrichment Items)

Sep 18 2015

Providing enrichment to your pet gives the pet an opportunity think and use his senses.  A new or unusual toy each day stimulates the pet’s mind.  Rabbits:          Hay carrot: Gather a bundle of hay into a log about 6” …

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Cat Enrichment Fun for Adopt a Cat Month and Every Month!

Jun 17 2015

Guest Blogger: Suzanne Denk, Animal Enrichment Specialist A cat’s quality of life can be easily improved with a variety of toys and activities which provide mental stimulation. Try the following easy activities with your cat: Blow bubbles Let your cat …

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Ravioli Catnip Toy: A quick-to-stitch whimsical cat toy

Jun 10 2015

Guest Blogger: Suzanne Denk, Animal Enrichment Specialist For those that enjoy making crafts, a few quick stitches and some scrap fabric can make a popular toy for a shelter cat.  Shelter toys are quickly soiled and can have short life …

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Catnip Pinatas

May 04 2015

Guest Blogger: Suzanne Denk, Animal Enrichment Specialist Who can resist the lure of a colorful, swinging piñata?  A piñata appeals to all of a cat’s senses and gets the kitty up and moving.  Supplies: •    Origami paper ball. (Click here …

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“Personal” Cat Grass Containers

Mar 12 2015

Guest Blogger: Suzanne Denk, Animal Enrichment Specialist Spring is finally upon us and we are so very excited to start enjoying the sunshine, the warm air and…the grass?  Yes! Bring a little of the outdoors into an enclosure (or into …

Posted in cat, cat grass, cats, enrichment, grass, spring

Enrichment Fun with your Rabbit

Feb 11 2015

Guest Blogger: Suzanne Denk, Animal Enrichment Specialist        Here are some great ideas to keep your hopper happy and mentally stimulated.  Enrichment isn’t just all fun and games!  Keeping your rabbit’s mind working is an important part of owning …

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Happy Thanksgiving from Animal Friends!

Nov 26 2014

With the holiday season quickly approaching, the dogs, cats and rabbits at Animal Friends are getting excited for Thanksgiving! We encourage you to include your pets at home to join in the festivities, but what’s most important is keeping them safe …

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