KONG Toy Grant

Tyler’s Rescue, Inc.: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Enrichment for our dogs while they wait for their forever homes

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The grant of Kongs helped our dogs alleviate boredom and work their minds, and helped our high-energy dogs burn off energy as they used their noses to sniff what was in the Kongs.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Ziggy (first photo) is a dog who came to us in really rough shape, medically. After he was treated and recovered from his medical issues and found to be deaf and half-blind, he spent most of his days sleeping and being inactive. We decided to give him a Kong to see if he would react to it. His little nose started twitching when he got a hold of the smell of what we stuffed the Kong with, and he actually was able to find it and enjoy it (second photo)! Now he barks for his daily Kong and goes at it with such eagerness. Ziggy had been adopted and still gets his daily Kong. Thank you, Kong Company!

HUMANE SOCIETY OF SOMERSET COUNTY: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toys were used for our dogs in the kennel for kennel stress, and given with adoptions of the same type dogs.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

It greatly relieves their kennel stress and helps them to relax.

How many pets did this grant help?

50

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

We had a very high-stress dog named Norman (first and second photos). Having the Kong helped him with his stress indoors. The Kong was also was the only type of toy he wouldn’t rip apart. He has been adopted and he went home with a nice new Kong toy.

Albert's Dog Lounge, Inc.: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the Kong donation to set up a “Kong Station.” The bulk of the dogs in our program are transported to us from other states. Oftentimes, they are in our intake facility for several hours as their records are gone through or they wait to be picked up by fosters or meet their new adoptive families. This is a very stressful situation for them, and we have found that giving them peanut-butter Kongs is soothing, especially for the the larger-breed dogs.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

For the many dogs who have already benefitted from this donation: While they are in our intake facility, they get yummy, peanut-butter-filled Kongs. This helps take their minds off being in a new, strange environment and gives them something delicious to focus on. We find this soothes them and helps bring the stress levels down for them.

How many pets did this grant help?

Dozens at this point, and since we will be keeping this station available for all the dogs in our program, it will help hundreds more.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Betty had to wait for several hours in our intake facility since her foster was helping to do vaccinations and adoption-counseling. Betty was given a Kong to help her settle in and relax. It was such a great thing for Betty that we had all but forgotten she was there. She laid down and enjoyed her Kong and was very relaxed as a result. At this time, Betty is still available for adoption, but currently has a pending meet-and-greet.

Clay County Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We were sent about 15 Kong toys that were give to some of our long-term residents and overly hyper dogs, and a couple went to puppies.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

They help with enrichment of the animals. They are greatly appreciated by not only the residents but also the staff!

How many pets did this grant help?

We average approximately 50 dogs at any given time. With the number we received, about half of them got to enjoy the toys!

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

One of the dogs who benefitted from this grant is Cuba. Cuba is one our our long-term residents. He has been here a majority of his life. He was adopted out as a puppy and was returned several months later due to aggression with other dogs. Cuba is a good boy! He has A LOT of energy, so he was given one of the Kong bones with peanut butter to help stimulate his mind.

Cuba has been at the shelter for 785 days as of today. He is only 4 years old. Toys like this are crucial for dogs like Cuba! Meet Cuba here.

City of Universal City Animal Care and Control: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

KONG toys to help enrich the dogs’ stay while at the facility and go home with them when the dogs are adopted.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Our facility is able to give our adoptable animals a KONG toy to play with while they are here. When a dog leaves our facility by adoption, we have the KONG toy go with them so they have something they are comfortable with when they arrive at their new home.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Chub Chub (first and second photos) enjoyed her Kong immensely and loved playing with it, not only in her kennel, but also by playing fetch with it in our outdoor dog run. When Chub Chub was adopted, she walked proudly out of the shelter to her new owner’s vehicle with the toy in her mouth.

All the dogs who have received KONG toys have enjoyed their new enrichment activity and it has been nice for the staff to be able to send the toys home with the adopted dogs.

Spartanburg Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kongs were used first to engage students, who filled and prepared the Kongs for the animals. They had to clean them, prepare the mix with the treats, and then stuff them. After the Kongs have been frozen and are ready for the dogs, our staff distributes them on a regular basis for socializing the dogs and giving them more activities while they are waiting for their forever families.

These Kongs help so many of our animals. They love the challenge, they love the reward, and the staff is thrilled that the dogs have a special treat after they come back to their kennels after playgroups or late in the afternoons. Enrichment is key to placing these dogs in loving homes. They love their Kong afternoons! Especially on very hot days, to have that cold treat just waiting for them in their kennels is the best reward EVER!

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The Kongs provide the dogs with added socialization, something to do while they are waiting, rewards for good behavior, and a way to cool off on hot days. Our kennels are full and loud, so having this extra measure of activity has greatly added to the enrichment of our animals. Because we keep animals for as long as it takes for them to find the perfect family, we are in need of successful programs to assist in their daily mental stimulation.

How many pets did this grant help?

20+ on a daily basis

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Sweet Loco (first photo) arrived at the Spartanburg Humane Society in October of 2020 after living with her previous owner for 10 years. She is now 13 1/2 years old as a best estimate, and found her way into our hearts. We tried her out in a sanctuary home but, even though she is over 13 years old (an advanced age for most large dogs, but especially a large pit), Loco was enjoying herself chasing the lady’s senior cats, so unfortunately, she had to be returned to us. I guess she found some life in those old legs when the opportunity to chase cats was made available.

Well, she is now living her best life in an office here at the Spartanburg Humane Society. She waits patiently for her many walks outside and, as you can see, is very proud of her Kong. She loves being able to carry it around with her to one of her many beds and she enjoys it at the gate so she can watch the staff make their way around the halls near “her” office.

Life can be complicated for a 13-1/2-year-old pit mix with bad legs (and oh yeah, she is heartworm-positive, too), but life is better in an office, on a nice blanket with a treat-filled Kong, for sure!

Canine Castaways Rescue, Inc.: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toys are being used to entertain our castaways who are awaiting their forever homes.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

It helped us to receive the Kong toys as a gift rather than purchasing. The money saved was then used for medical care.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

As a primarily small-dog rescue, we do not typically have larger dogs and as a result we do not have toys or supplies for larger dogs. Macey was adopted from us as puppy and then returned to us as a senior pit bull. Her dad passed away from a heart attack as he was preparing to take her for a walk. She was very upset with the EMS personnel and her mom did not feel that she could have handled such a strong dog. Macey had to be kenneled with us because we do not have large-dog foster homes. She was very stressed upon her return. Thankfully, we had large Kongs available for her thanks to this grant. After some time, Macey adjusted and has since been adopted to a loving home!

Heart of Idaho Animal Sanctuary: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Kong donated a selection of dog toys for our shelter dogs to play with while they are waiting to be adopted. We let the dogs select one they like that they can play with outside or in their kennels. Periodically, we fill them with peanut butter for a treat.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

We like Kong toys because they are very sturdy and the dogs can’t chew them up and don’t end up swallowing pieces. Many of them become attached to their toys and we like to send the toy home with them as a transitional object when the dogs are adopted. If we do that, then we need to replace the toys. This grant will keep us in Kongs for some time to come, freeing up that money for other things.

How many pets did this grant help?

Eight so far and more to come

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Apollo, a husky/German shepherd mix (first three photos), is still waiting to be adopted. He was surrendered by a family whose circumstances changed and they could no longer take care of him. He is very high-energy and is timid around people until he gets to know them. He was given first choice of the Kong toys and, as you can see in the pictures, once he made his choice, he was attached. He shows his toy to anyone who comes to the shelter. Meet Apollo here.

Grady (fourth and fifth photos) is still at the shelter but has some health problems resulting in incontinence that we are working with the local vet to address before putting him back up for adoption. In the meantime, he is enjoying his Kong bone.

Fava (sixth and seventh photos), who came to the shelter as a stray puppy, showed a clear preference for the traditional Kong toy. She has since been adopted.

Furever Home: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Enrichment toys for animals in our program

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The kittens (and cats) loved the toys that were sent. The Kongs gave them something to play with and chew on.

How many pets did this grant help?

Six currently, but more are coming in shortly

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Lilo (first four photos) was found as a newborn stray on a farm. Luckily for her, her litter was found and brought into a rescue. Unfortunately, Lilo tested positive for feline leukemia (FeLV), a highly contagious virus which attacks the immune system and can lead to death. Most cats testing positive for FeLV are euthanized immediately in a shelter environment. But Lilo had a guardian angel who pulled her in time and brought her into a rescue situation, and she eventually made her way to Furever Home. Here, she can live a happy and full life for whatever amount of time she has left. Because all our cats are FeLV+, Lilo is not only safe, but has friends to play with in a family environment.

Crate Escape Rescue, Inc.: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We supplied all foster families that currently have dogs in their care with one of the donated Kongs.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The Kongs are being used to help our pups in various ways. For some pups, we use the Kong as positive reinforcement in a new environment. It helps them cope with their new surroundings with less stress and fuss. Other foster parents use it as a training tool. It helps acclimate new fosters to crate-training and is a great reward in “reward-based” training exercises. Lastly, many dogs come to us with high anxiety or just excess amounts of energy. With these pups, the Kong is used strictly for mental stimulation.

How many pets did this grant help?

25

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Betty Bee came into our rescue off of a euthanasia list. She was a high-strung, temperamental little terrier who was being labeled unadoptable due to her behavior. Betty was transferred into a foster home shortly after joining our rescue. It was evident that much of her behavioral issues stemmed from lack of stimulation, exercise, and social skills. Despite great efforts to fulfill Betty’s exercise needs, she simply was not getting everything she needed from her daily walks and hikes. From there, we started working on her mental stamina and introduced her to a Kong. Not only did she love the extra treats, Betty thoroughly loved the puzzle game the Kong provided. Once put on a daily routine with physical and mental stimulation provided by her Kong, Betty Bee flourished into quite an amazing girl. Betty was recently adopted and is now living the life she has always dreamed of.