DIY Pumpkin Treats for Your Pets

| October 22, 2021

Giving Pets the Happiest Halloween

The pets in our care cannot wait for their Halloween goody bags full of delicious treats and toys. These scary good rewards will be used to train and enrich our animals before they find their forever home. What are you waiting for? Fill their Halloween bags and support animals in our care.

You can also share seasonal sweets with your own pets! Below you will find DIY recipes both spooky and safe for your dog, cat, or special species pet. You will be getting into the spirit of the season, and your pets can safely enjoy the frightful fun!

For your dog

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of all-natural Pumpkin Puree (please make sure to use pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/2 cup All Natural Peanut Butter (please make sure it does not contain xylitol)
  • 1 3/4 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • Parchment Paper


  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • Combine ingredients in a bowl and mix until it’s clumpy and not sticky.
  • Lay down a sheet of parchment paper on your work surface and place the dough on the parchment sheet.
  • Lay another sheet of parchment paper over the dough and use a rolling pin to roll the dough to ¼ of an inch thick. Once the thickness is to your liking, peel off the top parchment paper.
  • Use your desired cookie cutter to start cutting out the treats. Place on your lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350 F.
  • Let cool completely before serving.

For your cat

What you’ll need:

  • 1 4oz can of salmon, no salt or oil added
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree (please make sure to use pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil


  • Preheat the oven to 325 F.
  • Add the oats to a blender and blend into a fine flour.
  • Open the can of salmon and drain the excess liquid.
  • Combine the oat flour, salmon, pumpkin, egg, and avocado oil and mix well.
  • Form into small “cookies” (or use a silicone mold) and place on a baking sheet.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until firm.
  • Allow to cool before serving to your cat. Serve while supervised and break the treats into smaller pieces if needed. Store in the fridge for 3-4 days.

For your special species pets

What you’ll need:

  • 3 Tbsp Pumpkin puree (use canned pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/3 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 4 Tbsp Dried Apples (without seeds and stems)
  • 3 Tbsp Water
  • 1/2 Cup Flour


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Mix all of the ingredients together in a mixing bowl. You want the mixture to have the same consistency as cookie dough, so you can adjust the amount of ingredients as needed. Remember that rabbits should have a limited amount of pumpkin, oats and dried fruit.
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and roll 1 teaspoon of the mixture into a ball (or whatever shape you’d like your treats to be). Make sure to put at least an inch or two between each rolled ball of mix on the cookie tray.
  • Bake your pumpkin treats for 15 minutes at 425 degrees.