Project information

Enrichment Present Appeal

Providing enrichment presents for dogs & cats in our rescue and rehoming Centre before adoption to help keep them happy, active, relaxed and to build their confidence.

Items include: comfy beds, sand pits, puzzle toys, Kongs, cat scratching posts, treats, calming sprays and more.

October 2017 - January 2018

Charity information: The Leicester And Leicestershire Animal Aid Association

The Leicester And Leicestershire Animal Aid Association logo
  • Need


    Arriving at a rescue centre can be a scary experience for an animal, surrounded by strangers. They don't understand why they are there, where their family is or if this is a safe place to be and sadly we cannot explain what is happening to them.

    Some have come from loving homes and known a life of comfort, others have never felt kindness, love or even a bed to sleep in at night.

    Without activities, comfort and companionship, an animal could feel very stressed, lost and alone and deteriorate.


    Our project aims to provide presents of enrichment items, activities and treatments for the dogs and cats at the Centre. The project aims to provide a fund to buy presents for animals at the Centre, particularly over the Christmas period, to help provide a fun and active time whilst at the Centre.

    Calm, relaxed, active and trained animals are physically healthier, happy and more likely to find and stay in a new home, provide space for others in need.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To improve the mental and physical health of dogs and cats in our care through enrichment presents.


    » To purchase enrichment items such as toys, specialist food, calming treatments, beds, harnesses and games to keep dogs and cats happy and active.

    What success will look like

    Monitoring regular health and behavioural reports.

  • Impact


    The dogs and cats will find and stay in their forever homes. We will monitor statistics about rehoming rates and returns.

    We also regularly receive updates from owners about the dogs and cats they have adopted and how they have settled into home life, usually more quickly because of the enrichment and assessment they have experienced at the Centre.


    Some dogs and cats have mental and physical health problems beyond what enrichment is able to solve, but even so, during the time with us we can give them as much comfort and relaxation as possible.

    Some dogs and cats are harder to rehome due to issues with health or behaviour, but enrichment activities will improve the time they spend with us.


    We will provide regular online updates, an update in our twice yearly newsletter and we will sent a thank you letter in February 2018.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £7,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,000 Toys Toys for dogs and cats for comfort and entertainment. Soft, chewable, interactive and puzzle toys.
      £1,500 Calming items Herbal calming remedies (spray, plugins and tablets) and equafleeces calming tshirts
      £2,000 Specialist Food Food for dogs and cats on specialist diets due to health issues or allergies
      £1,500 Equipment for exercise areas Paddling pools, sand pits, ball pits, tunnels, agility equipment for outdoor exercise spaces
      £1,500 Beds and blankets Soft, warm and supportive beds and blankets for our dog and cats to relax, sleep on and hide in
  • Background


    Leicester Animal Aid is based in Huncote, Leicestershire and cares for over 500 dog and cats each year, with the majority coming from the Leicestershire area, with a small number arriving from other rescue Centres.

    Animals come in to the Centre as strays, due to their owners passing away, because they are abandoned or because they are relinquished as their owners can no longer look after them, usually due to family break up or issues with rented accommodation.


    The dogs and cats at Leicester Animal Aid who are staying at the Centre until they find a new home.

    Those who adopt the dogs and cats as they will be more settled, better adjusted to life in a home, calmer and in better physical and mental health.

    Animals in need and those who need to relinquish their pets as new places will be available as those at the Centre will find new homes and stay in their homes.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Leicester Animal Aid was founded in 1956 and has been helping animals in the community since. We are rooted in our local community and have a strong reputation for a loving, caring and high quality experience for those in our care.

    We regularly research enrichment and its benefits, along with communicating with other rescue centres through our membership of the Association of Dogs and Cats Homes.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Becky Vickers

    Becky is the Cattery and Kennel Manager and is responsible for the care and welfare of animals within our Centre.