KONG Toy Grant

Shreveport Bossier Animal Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The KONG toys were used for enrichment activities for the cats at our shelter and in foster homes. We also brought the toys to our adoption events at Petco and Petsmart to help alleviate stress with the cats at the event.

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

Enrichment is crucial to helping our cats feel calm and comfortable while they are living in a shelter situation. It can be a stressful place and these KONG toys allow them to relax, play, and release some energy. Potential adopters love to see the cats playing and showing their fun side with toys. Kids especially like to visit and play with the cats, so these toys allowed them to interact in a positive way with our shelter cats.

How many pets did this grant help?

70

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

Our big boy Titan (first two images) loved to play with these KONG toys. We featured him playing with the toys in photos on our Facebook page. Titan had a more difficult time than most cats getting adopted, because he is FIV-positive. The photos of him playing with toys showed that he is just like all other cats and gave potential adopters a good idea of his feisty personality. This sweet boy did get adopted to a loving family at the end of April!

West Feliciana Animal Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong products were used for behavior modification in a high-anxiety German Shepherd and for the enrichment of several litters of puppies, since they were not allowed to be on the grass at the facility and had to stay in an enclosure on concrete.

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

Bella has made remarkable progress since having the Kong toy. The toy was used with frozen pumpkin and with peanut butter to help make her kennel a pleasant place for her to be. Since receiving the Kong toy, Bella no longer cowers in the corner of her kennel, but stands at the gate looking for her snack and allows physical contact.

We also used the Kong toys for several litters of puppies. Since stray puppies are so susceptible to disease, they must stay on cleanable surfaces, such as concrete, until they have had two rounds of vaccines. Because they are not allowed to exercise on grass, they are restricted to the kennel, which can become a boring and/or stressful place for a developing puppy. We used the Kong toys with the puppies so they could hone their physical and intellectual capabilities without jeopardizing their health!

How many pets did this grant help?

14

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

Bella, an approximately 1-year-old German shepherd mix, came to us on a lead line that she had been tied out on by an owner who couldn’t do anything with her. She was so high-anxiety all the time that she would never stop moving. She paced and panted and would never allow physical contact. After we did some behavior-modification exercises and started using the filled Kong toy to make her kennel a pleasant place, she now welcomes physical contact and never paces anymore. She will sit still and wait patiently when stopped on a walk. She no longer constantly looks for an exit. Bella loves her peanut butter-filled Kong toy and will wait at the kennel gate expecting it. Unfortunately, no one has been able to commit to continuing with her rehabilitation. She is still available for adoption. Meet Bella here.

White River Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong dog toys were used to calm and entertain our dogs.

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

We have multiple dogs who are long-term stays, and the Kongs do help keep them calm and entertained.

How many pets did this grant help?

I can’t honestly say or give a number because the number of dogs that have used/reused or utilized the Kongs was not tracked.

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

In particular, Reddie is one of our longest-stay dogs and she loves to play and chew on a Kong dog toy. From her Petfinder profile: “Reddie loves to run and play; she is very loving to shelter staff and is so gentle when taking treats. Reddie is a shelter favorite and is a wonderful girl who would do best in a home without cats. Reddie will be current on all vaccinations and heartworm-negative.” Meet Reddie here.

Brandywine Valley SPCA: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Our dogs eat their morning breakfast from a Kong with kibble and peanut butter. The Kongs that were sent were an assortment of sizes that helped feed many different types of dogs.

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

This grant helped our organization and our dogs by supplying much-needed Kongs for our dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

Initially, approximately 30, but they will continue to help us feed our dogs in the future.

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

Telly was found as a stray in Delaware County, unwanted and with a story only his scars could tell. He was brought to the BVSPCA, where he stayed with us for almost a month before being adopted to Ken. Little did Telly know that he was moving into a home with a cat, a duck and several chickens. This did not pose a problem for Telly! Now known as Dexter, he lives his best life as the gentleman of a farmette. His owner says: “He’s been amazing and loves all of his cat, duck, and chicken siblings! He is by far the easiest, most low-maintenance, and laziest dog I’ve ever met! We love him!!”

Underdog Animal Rescue and Rehab: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Our rescue received a number of KONG toys, which we used to enrich the lives of our animals by teaching them safe play, and to keep them occupied while kenneled.

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

This grant gave us the ability to give our dogs something they have never had before: toys and treats! Our animals are stray and at large before they come to us, so they lack the things regular companion animals have in a home setting. We freeze the KONGs with treats inside to make a cool snack on hot days.

How many pets did this grant help?

50+

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

Ruby (first photo) is a very sweet girl, but she had been having a hard time being placed due to her excitability and high energy levels. Her length of stay was becoming longer and longer, and although volunteers were helping her the best they could, she was kenneled more often than not. We started to give Ruby food toys and puzzles, but she fell in love with a particular large KONG toy that we stuffed with many different frozen treats for her. This toy helped keep Ruby calm and occupied in her kennel, which led to someone being interested in a “foster-to-adopt” scenario when they saw her acting so calmly. Ruby just went to her new foster home today, June 8, 2019, and we couldn’t be happier! We hope the foster mom will fall in love and adopt this very special girl. Meet Ruby here.

Appalachian Peace Paws Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received a box of cat toys. They were used for enrichment at adoption events.

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

These toys were great for bringing shy cats out of their shells at adoption events and showing potential adopters their true personalities.

How many pets did this grant help?

70+

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

One of our special-needs cats, Tabitha (first photo), is completely blind. She is young and very playful; she loves toys that crinkle and that contain catnip. Watching her play with toys at events showed her adopter how adjusted to the blindness that she was. She was adopted.

Underhound Railroad: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the KONG products for all our little and big foster pups. They each were given one KONG, their size. We also sent some peanut butter along with some of the KONGs and other treats and goodies. The foster pups enjoyed each and every treat and KONG they were given to play with.

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

It helped our foster dogs come out of their shells, trust, play, and enjoy some peanut butter in their new KONGs. Some of the dogs didn’t know what to do with the KONGs because they were never taught to play or just be a dog.

How many pets did this grant help?

10 dogs

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

Say hello to Tex, Warren, and Velma (first photo, left to right). All three dogs were strays who were brought to [an open-admission] shelter in North Carolina. Warren was skin and bones, Tex was shy and scared, and Velma just didn’t know why she was there. Underhound Railroad decided to rescue all three dogs so they wouldn’t be euthanized. A wonderful foster took all three home to care for them.

As they wait to be transported to Maine to find their forever homes, they are hanging out in foster care down south. All three dogs have opened up and have given and have received much love. They enjoy the activity of getting the peanut butter out of their KONGs!

The KONGs aid us in so many functions, including calming separation anxiety, crate-training, trust-building, reducing boredom, and deterring play-biting, barking and chewing issues.

Underhound Railroad appreciates the Petfinder Foundation 2019 KONG Toy Grant that we were awarded. These KONGs help dogs like Velma, Tex, and Warren come out of their shells and become playful, happy dogs with very bright futures in their pursuit of finding their forever homes! Thank you, KONG!!

Almost Home Canine Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The KONG toys were used in foster homes for foster dogs.

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

The KONG toys help keep the minds of rescue dogs busy while they await their forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

At least 10 — but our foster families will disinfect the KONG toys and reuse them for other foster pets, so the number will surely increase!

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

Mia (first photo): We’ll take a gamble and call her one of the sweetest dogs you will ever meet. She came to us as a stray from a remote reservation. Mia is currently attending a Stay N’ Train with one of our fosters who works as an obedience trainer to help work on her prey drive and kennel anxiety. While she is away working on essential skills to help her thrive in her adoptive home, she enjoys her KONG toys to help pass the down time! Meet Mia here.

Jack (second photo) is one of our pups currently on medical hold due to testing positive with parvo. His mom has utilized the KONG toy for him while he is separated from other dogs in the home. He has really come to love peanut butter in the toy! (He is listed, but no the link is not public due to his being hidden for medical hold.)

Marigold (third photo) came as a timid stray who had no manners. Her foster parents used the KONG toy as a reward and a way for her to burn excess energy. Mari is working on her leash training, and is well on her way to becoming an extremely well-mannered, adoptable pup! Meet Marigold here.

Charleston Animal Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toys provided are being used by our adoption-floor dogs for enrichment. We continue to sanitize them and reuse them.

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

Charleston Animal Society adopted 2,323 dogs in 2018 alone. Our shelter staff relies on a variety of enrichment items and toys to help dogs waiting for their forever homes. Reducing unwanted shelter stress and negative behaviors are critical to providing the best care possible to animals in our care. Happy dogs on the adoption floor are more likely to be well-received by the public and adopters.

How many pets did this grant help?

More than 100, as we continue to use the Kong toys.

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

Buzz is one of the hundreds of hounds who are brought in to Charleston Animal Society each year. With all that energy, play time is super important, both outside, and inside with toys. The Huang family adopted him into a loving home with two children and his energy matches theirs! According to his adoptive mom, Buzz enjoys sleeping on her bed and they love having him as a part of their family.

Clark County SPCA, Inc.: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

To enrich the lives of the homeless and neglected dogs in our care.

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

We were able to provide every single dog with an enrichment Kong every evening (and day) filled with peanut butter and help them to relax when we were not in the building.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

Penny was photographed with her Kongs and these were posted on Petfinder to help her find her forever home. Penny was then adopted into a loving home. Here is a photo of her new adoptive parent and some of her Petfinder profile photos.