Enrichment is poorly defined in the sheltering community. People often think of enrichment as simply keeping animals entertained. As a result, we think of enrichment as primarily supplemental and a luxury that only larger organizations can afford. In truth, enrichment involves meeting all of an animal's physical, emotional and instinctual needs in order to ensure a behaviorally healthy individual. As such, enrichment is crucial not only to sheltering animals, but to increasing their adoptability, in-home retention and public safety. Successful enrichment programs should be sustainable, safe, fun and focused on outcomes rather than intentions. In this session, we will discuss how shelters can attain this goal.

Continuing Education

This program has been approved for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for NACA members.

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Thursday, May 7 | 2 to 3:30pm Shelter Operations Advanced

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