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A Bunnings Team Member with a dog
The SPCA in Hamilton has been given a backyard makeover to better meet the needs of the rescue animals in their care, thanks to dedicated volunteers and the local community. 

The new backyard features a sensory garden to help calm the nerves of the dogs who are housed at the SPCA, as well as a confidence course to provide a space to train the dogs in basic commands. The SPCA hopes that the new sensory garden and confidence course will help prepare the dogs for their new homes and a happier life.

“Our team of volunteer dog handlers work with the rescue animals to train them to work well with people and ensure they are socialised with other dogs,” said Kyla Robb, Manager at SPCA Hamilton South. “Our goal is for the animals in our care to be happy, healthy, well-behaved dogs when they leave our centre.”

The sensory garden has two garden beds filled with various flowering plants that will help calm the dogs, as well as fruit trees to delight their senses. A variety of grasses were also planted throughout the garden where the dogs will have space to explore.

The materials for the garden were donated by the team from Bunnings Hamilton South; they also helped to build and plant the garden beds and created a bespoke dog bed.

“The team had a great time working alongside the volunteers at the SPCA to create the new backyard for the rescue animals,” said Kyle Augustus, Bunnings Warehouse Hamilton South Complex Manager. “It was a particular highlight meeting some of the dogs who will benefit from the sensory garden and the confidence course.”

“It was wonderful to see the community come together and create a special space for our animals,” added Kyla Robb. “It has been a dream for some time and it’s brilliant to see it become a reality. We know we’ll have some very happy dogs making the most of the new area.”

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