5718 21st Avenue West Bradenton, FL 34209

(941) 792-2863

We can use several recyclable items as well such as egg cartons, toilet paper & paper towel rolls, and wine corks!

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! 

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 launch of Phase One of our new Enrichment Program on Tuesday, July 16th 2019! Phase One will include the implementation of food enrichment for dogs and rabbits, toy enrichment for dogs, cats, and rabbits, and olfactory enrichment for dogs and cats. Over the next five weeks we will be collecting materials and fine tuning our protocols for these types of enrichment. 

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.

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!