Cat Enrichment

Sponsored by:

Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley

Project Champion:

Brittany Farrell

What are the appropriate grade levels:

K through 12

Is there a limit to the number of participants:

1 class

Is there an opportunity for community service:

Yes – Students will earn approximately 5 community service hours


This project is designed to help enrich the lives of cats and kittens during their stay at the shelter. Each year, the Shelter cares for about 150 cats who are brought to us as strays, surrendered to the Shelter, or transferred to us from other facilities. On average each cat stays at the shelter for about a two months. While they are here, we like to create an environment for them that is as homelike as possible.


By participating in this project, one class will make a remarkable difference for the lives of cats in the Shelter. They will get to know more about cat behavior, body language, and how to properly care for cats. Students will collect items to make toys for cats such as paper towel rolls, Kleenex boxes, plastic containers, and pipe cleaners.

Students will decorate the cat rooms and create enrichment toys and plant catnip in the spring.

Class Visits & Field Trips

  • 1 class visit to discuss types of cat enrichment.
  • 1 class visit to create toys.
  • 1 field trip at the culmination of the project to plant catnip.

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