Animals thrive when they are able to explore the world around them, as do we humans. Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, now more than ever do we recognise this for ourselves and our loved ones, but we must also remember this for our pets.
This March, we are launching our ‘Spring to their Senses’ fundraising appeal, encouraging you to get involved by creating your own sensory garden, whilst supporting the work of the Home in a time when our dogs and cats need you most. The coronavirus has already had a huge negative impact on our pet boarding and fundraising income, and we are asking those who can afford to, to help us continue our vital work for animal welfare.Donate Now
Every day at the Home, we try to do all we can to keep our furry friends’ lives enriched and interesting which enhances their chances of finding a forever home sooner. Sensory enrichment is one of many important ways to provide stimulation for pets when means are limited. In the absence of new and interesting smells and experiences, dogs and cats can become depressed and frustrated which can bring on unwanted behaviours.
Our dedicated staff give bespoke treatment to all dogs and cats and offer enrichment through things like agility, sandpits and sensory experiences. We work with aromatherapy scents, using essential oils like lavender and bergamot on a day-to-day basis in a controlled way to help the animals cope with the sometimes stressful, kennel and cattery environment. No matter the time of year or the weather forecast outside, the animals have opportunities to be stimulated by different smells.
It’s important to get outdoors (once a day for the time-being), get the wind in your hair (fur) and smell the flowers. We frequently walk our dogs offsite to the beach, parks and the nature reserve so they can experience different smells particularly as Spring brings about new scents for them to experience.
If you are fortunate enough to have a garden or outdoor space, why not grow your own sensory garden outside? If not, make some room on your windowsill and pot up some herbs. It is the perfect thyme to start sowing some scented plants that your dog and cat can enjoy. Not only that, but they look great too. Grow some chamomile to relax your dog or let your cat get a bit tipsy with some catnip!
Build a Sensory Garden
This Spring we are asking you to help keep our dogs and cats flourishing by making a donation to help care for them throughout the year and to support with our enrichment and training work.
You can make a one-off donation;