KONG Toy Grant

Soul Dog Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The products, Kong toys, are being used by our shelter/foster dogs.

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

The Kongs are helping the dogs so much! Chewing on the Kongs helps with their dental care and keeping their jaws strong. They help keep the dogs busy and help them release some of their built-up energy from being in a shelter.

How many pets did this grant help?

Right now, there are many dogs enjoying the Kongs. They were given to fosters and are used in the shelter. Each Kong is thoroughly cleaned before it is reused.

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

One of our volunteers who is fostering four puppies is using the Kongs to help stimulate the pups. Each puppy is given a Kong with kibble or peanut butter inside and challenged to loosen the kibble or clean out all of the peanut butter from inside the Kong. One of the pups has learned to toss the Kong into the air hoping the kibble is released.

Vanderburgh Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received 46 Kong toys for our shelter dogs.

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

While our staff and volunteers strive to give each of the animals in our care lots of attention, shelter dogs still spend a majority of their day inside their kennel. This grant allowed us to acquire Kong enrichment toys to keep these dogs occupied and entertained, thus minimizing kennel anxiety.

How many pets did this grant help?

117

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

Scooby (first three photos) is a 1-1/2-year-old shelter dog with LOTS of energy and general anxiety. She had a tendency to destroy tennis balls and other toys she was given, causing worry that she had possibly swallowed something she should not have. With the Kong enrichment toys, we no longer need to worry! Not only are they indestructible, they also provide an outlet for Scooby’s sensory overload. Since receiving this toy, Scooby presents better in her kennel and is overall a happier shelter pup!

Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Kong products have allowed us to give our dogs something to keep them happy and occupied during their down time. RBARI strives to prepare our dogs to succeed through both mental and physical stimulation, and Kongs help with this! They are our “go-to” toys, as they keep the dogs happy and occupied for extended periods of time. Lower stress improves the overall adoptability of the dogs, improves the quality of the dogs’ stay at the shelter, and allows us to rescue more dogs as we shorten the time each dog remains in the shelter!

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

A happy dog is an adoptable dog. Despite the time we devote to walking our dogs and exercising their minds and bodies in our playgroups and play yards, there is a substantial amount of time that dogs at the shelter spend in their kennels. During that time, the dogs are often stressed with all the activity, sounds, and other dogs surrounding them. Kongs help keep their bodies and minds occupied!

How many pets did this grant help?

50

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

Xena wants to say thank you the Petfinder Foundation for its KONG Toy Grant, which is providing enrichment for our homeless dogs while they wait for their forever homes! As you can see, Xena couldn’t wait to break into this exciting donation, which will keep her occupied in her kennel for hours of yummy fun! Adoptable Xena is a senior Cane Corso who is a loyal, gentle sweetheart desperately looking for a kind, patient home of her own. Xena needs a person to love her unconditionally and spoil her in her senior years. You can meet Xena here.

NMDOG: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toys were used for both recreation and training for dogs who are currently occupying kennels at our headquarters. These dogs are being boarded while awaiting medical and/or behavioral clearance.

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

These brightly colored Kong toys/training devices are a happy gift to our dogs because there is rarely much left over in our budget to spend on such things. Because most of our dogs come to us from chaining/hoarding situations, these treats are especially appreciated by our furbabies as a way to help socialize and reward them.

How many pets did this grant help?

10 dogs, plus five others who were treated on the Fourth of July (see photos)

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

There are three dogs in these photos: Cosmic Charlie (first photo) came to us from the border of Mexico in desperate shape (second photo) and had to have his eyes removed. So he is blind, but making progress with his socialization.

Walter (third photo), a cream-colored Akbash dog, came to us from a remote rural area of New Mexico, where he was chained as part of a large-scale hoarding case.

James Bond (fourth photo), a solid-white husky, was running at large in Albuquerque, and we pursued him for two months until he was finally safe.

Last Chance Animal Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Last Chance Animal Rescue received an in-kind grant of Kongs worth $419.70. These Kongs were used at our sanctuary location, where we have close to 100 dogs who will call the sanctuary their permanent home, along with several rotating temporary dogs. Since receiving the Kongs, we have incorporated them into the dogs’ daily enrichment. By increasing our supply substantially, we are better able to provide this form of enrichment to more of the dogs and on a more-regular basis.

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

At our sanctuary, we strive to provide each animal the ability to live in a way that is stress-free and most suited for their natural inclinations. In doing so, we work towards providing enrichment opportunities that each dog will engage in. Kongs are a wonderful tool for that, since they are so versatile and mimic activities within a dog’s natural behavioral repertoire.

By receiving this large amount of Kongs, we are able to provide this form of enrichment regularly for all of the dogs at the sanctuary. Many of our dogs have medical problems that reduce their activity levels and enrichment opportunities. Kongs provide a way for many of these individuals with limitations to play and enjoy themselves.

The versatility of Kongs also allows us to increase the novelty of the experience by providing different-textured and -tasting foods. We are also better able to change it up and give the types of foods dogs prefer in a small, easy-to-manage dose. Having this amount of Kongs also lets us have some in use while also letting us pre-make and store some for when we urgently need a Kong. It has made preparing and providing enrichment a lot easier for staff. This improvement has not only made for happier dogs, but also happier caretakers.

How many pets did this grant help?

100 dogs

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

Colt (first photo) is one of our dogs who has been at the sanctuary for around a year. He was shot with pellets and has one lodged in his spine. This injury has caused permanent mobility and bladder-control issues. Due to his physical limitations, we will be his permanent home. With his reduced mobility, he is not able to be as active as a young dog like him would like to be. Having Kongs to provide him that extra mental stimulation has given him the opportunity to play and enjoy himself just like any other young dog should. He is just one of many examples we have of dogs who are better enriching their days with Kongs.

FIV Felines, Transports and More: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The toys were given to the cats in each cat room.

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

The cats love playing with the toys and definitely look more animated and energetic.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

BG was so excited when the KONGs arrived that she climbed in the box and started playing with the toys as soon as I opened it. She has not been adopted yet. Meet BG here.

Rescue Ridge: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

To provide enrichment for our animals while they wait for their forever homes

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

Kongs provide GREAT enrichment for the dogs while they are waiting for their next volunteer interactions and for their forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

25

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

Blu is waiting to find his forever home. He came to the shelter as a puppy and was adopted. He was returned 10 months later when the family no longer had time for him. The Kong toys will help him stay happy and entertained while we find a better family for him! Meet Blu here.

Corinne T Smith Animal Center: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The toys were used for enrichment by our dogs!

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

Our dogs actually look forward to “bedtime” every night. We put their beds down and they each get a Kong toy with peanut butter!

How many pets did this grant help?

1500

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

Shorty, pictured, is one of our longest-stay residents. He is extremely insistent at night that he gets the “right” toy, which is a red Kong with peanut butter. If he does not get this, he actually throws a temper tantrum and will flip his bed over and chew the legs. So now you know why he has the metal-framed bed, too! You can meet Shorty here.

SPCA Florida: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We were thrilled to receive a box of Kong toys. Around 2,000 dogs pass through SPCA Florida’s Adoption Center each year. Some are adopted the same day they become available, but many stay for a long time. We do our best to keep them happy: All dogs are walked at least four times a day on our walking trails, and all get play time with staff and volunteers, training, and other fun activities, but there is still a lot of downtime.

The Kong toys provide entertainment that lasts. And they’re easy to clean and durable even when faced with heavy chewers. We love letting the kennel dogs out for playtime and having a fun surprise ready for them when they come in.

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

Everyone loves the Kong toys. Dogs who are entertained instead of bored are not just happier — they present themselves better to adopters and find homes faster. That, in turn, makes room for other dogs to enter SPCA Florida’s facility. We work closely with Polk County Animal Control and other organizations that are constantly overrun with dogs. The more pets we can transfer in to us and find homes for, the more pets can have a happy lives in loving, forever homes. The Kong toys help us accomplish our mission.

How many pets did this grant help?

1,700

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

Hank (first four photos) is a handsome, cheerful, and energetic black mouth cur mix. He loves running around outside, splashing around in the doggy pool, and playing with toys. One of his favorite things to do at SPCA Florida was combining these things into playing with toys in the pool. Hank has been adopted, and I’m sure he would woof a heartfelt Thank You for making his stay at SPCA Florida enjoyable and fun.

Also attached are photos of Hope, Lola, and Yuki with their toys, and images of staff and volunteers unboxing the Kongs and filling them. We hold around 100 dogs any given day of the year, so just filling them takes some time!

A Better Life-Peace Love and Animals: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Dog entertainment and play

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

The toys kept the dogs stimulated and entertained while in their kennels.

How many pets did this grant help?

20+

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

Timmy is a mixed-breed pup who is really good at tearing up toys. He loves his Kong and, despite his best efforts, was unable to destroy it. It’s given him hours of enjoyment. He leaves for his forever home next Friday.