5718 21st Avenue West Bradenton, FL 34209

(941) 792-2863

Enrichment Program

We are turning our atrium into a garden! We will plant fresh fruits and veggies for our rabbits and herbs for our cats' & dogs' sensory enrichment such as thyme, basil and rosemary! Our small animals will also have the opportunity to safely explore and graze in the covered space! Keep checking back for more photo updates! 

Preparing for the Phase I Launch

Bishop Animal Shelter staff are in the process of developing an enrichment program. Enrichment involves improving the behavioral care of confined animals by ensuring that each animal receives daily social interaction, daily sensory engagement, daily mental stimulation, and regular physical exercise. Enrichment programs mitigate the development of abnormal and/or problematic behaviors that can occur in shelter animals due to the unnatural environment of prolonged confinement. 

We hope the implementation of our new program will keep the animals in our care happier & healthier while they wait for their new homes. 

We are excited to announce the successful launch of Phase I of our new Enrichment Program! Phase I began on July 16th and included the implementation of food enrichment for dogs and rabbits, toy enrichment for dogs, cats, and rabbits, and olfactory enrichment for dogs and cats. See the photos below!

We will be following up with several more phases as we gradually integrate all our enrichment ideas into our daily routine at the shelter. We hope to have our entire enrichment program implemented before the end of the year.

Phase I Launch Photos

Our staff posing with the new Enrichment Calendars

How You Can Help! 

‚ÄčThere are several unique items we need to help get this program up and running! Click here to view them. All donations made to the Enrichment Program are tax deductible and we can provide you with a receipt for tax purposes! 

We can use several recyclable items as well such as egg cartons, toilet paper & paper towel rolls, and wine corks! To see how we use these, check out our DIY Tutorials! These are easy projects that individuals or groups, such as Girl or Boy Scouts, can volunteer their time towards and donate to the shelter.