KONG Toy Grant

Pike Pet Pals: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Kongs were used to give out to adopted dogs. Instructions were given on how to effectively use the product to reduce stress in a new environment.

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

Adopters were very happy to get the Kongs. Many of them would see the Kongs in our vetting room and ask for them before we offered them.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

We had a bully named Sully who was adopted out and returned due to stress in the environment. We gave the Kong to his next adopter. They filled it with treats and gave it to him when they left the house. They said he was very focused on it. They went and got a bigger one so it would last longer. Within a few days the adoption was finalized. Now he no longer has to worry where he will wake up. He is finally home!

Humane Society of Central Arizona: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The product is used for our dogs who need enrichment during their time with us, especially our high-energy dogs who need a KONG to occupy their time while they are in their kennel or our dogs that have behavioral issues.

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

This grant helps our dogs by allowing them to focus on a KONG instead of the everyday noises that surround them in the kennel setting. The dogs who are primarily focused on bouncing off their kennel walls are able to lie down and work out treats that had been placed inside the KONGs. Newer, more nervous dogs benefitted from having peanut butter placed inside. The grant allowed staff to use KONGs as a positive reward for dogs they worked with on behavior issues, or as a new way to introduce themselves to our more skittish dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

12-20

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

Camo (first photo) benefited from receiving a KONG and was able to relax with it in her kennel setting. A lot of her focus is spent trying to get out of her kennel if people are passing by. She was able to have a KONG filled with peanut butter instead to enjoy and focus her attention. Camo has been happier since receiving her own KONG. You can meet Camo here.

Spring Branch Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Rescue pets

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

Used to help during decompression of our adoptable pets after arrival and during crate training

How many pets did this grant help?

30 or more

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

Pirata, Teresita, Blondie, Donatella, Gianni Versace, Carolina Herrera, and Massimo were nervous after arrival. Their Kong Toys kept them entertained and relaxed during the decompression period. This is difficult for some due to anxiety.

Pirata, Blondie, and Teresita now have been adopted. All three are more relaxed during crate time.

It’s hard for most animal rescues to buy toys when medical expenses come first. We thank the Petfinder Foundation’s 2021 KONG Toy Grant for the $279.80 in Kong toys awarded to our rescue!

Oktibbeha County Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The donation of KONG toys was used for daily enrichment for the 1,400+ cats that enter our care each year.

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

Like many animal shelters, funding is limited and must be prioritized to staffing, medications, and food. OCHS does the best with the resources we are entrusted with; however, we often don’t have funding for enrichment items that will improve the mental health of pets in our care. The product donation of KONG toys will help to keep our cats mentally well — which in turn will help keep them physically well.

How many pets did this grant help?

1,400

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

Pictured are Dracula and Scarecrow, who were the first to enjoy the KONG toys. It was great fun to watch them pounce and play with the toys! The cats came to us when they were about two months old and spent about three months in our care prior to being adopted. The KONG toys made their shelter stay more enjoyable!

Calhoun County Canine Shelter: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Toys are going to be used to keep the dogs busy while they wait for homes. We are small, so now we have a nice cache to get through the coming year. We handle about 50-60 dogs a year, with less than half returning to owner.

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

The dogs tend to get bored when at the shelter, so this gives some enrichment. Dogs in the training program are happy to have new toys to change out and keep them busy between sessions. We have plenty of treats and cheese to fill them with and entertain them!

How many pets did this grant help?

50-60

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

Nickel is a senior pet who came in due to drug issues in her owner’s household. She loves treats, but due to her age, she prefers softer toys and stuffies over Nylabones or hard toys. Kongs are right up her alley! Nickel has since been adopted!

Abandoned Animal Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The interactive Kong toys are used for the dogs at AAR in two ways: The treat-filled Kong toys keep dogs content overnight, and the play Kong toys are great for exercise and fun.

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

Because all pets remain at AAR until they are adopted, having safe toys for overnight entertainment is important in relieving shelter stress for the long-term dogs. Also, Kong toys save AAR money; they are long-lasting and easy to sterilize for re-use.

How many pets did this grant help?

50

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

Matilda (D2021231) is a pit-bull mix who arrived at AAR heartworm-positive. This meant she had to remain quiet for days while undergoing treatment. Having Kong toys in her kennel was crucial in keeping her entertained.

Now that she is heartworm-free, she is enthusiastically enjoying the Kong toys during play-yard time twice a day! She has been with us for 16 weeks and is still waiting to be adopted, but her enthusiastic wiggle and engaging smile should hopefully find her a home soon. You can meet Matilda here.

Blue Ridge Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Dogs in our care.

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

Enrichment for dogs in our care.

How many pets did this grant help?

1,000

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

Captain Chewie (first photo) entered our care with medical and behavior issues. He had been abandoned at an emergency vet needing immediate care: He needed his eye removed, he was skinny, he had little to no hair, and his skin was very inflamed. The whole ordeal says a lot about Chewie and his demeanor, because he has been the happiest boy with us. Right now, our Behavior Manager is working on his loose leash-walking, teaching nose targets, “find it,” and he even is responding to his name like a champ!

Captain Chewie deserves a life filled with new adventures and being a rotten spoiled pup! His daily Kong treats provide a good deal of relief for him and help to de-stress him while he is in our care. You can meet Captain Chewie here.

Awesome Paws Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The toys were used for two litters of puppies. There were nine pups in each litter.

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

With the puppies’ sharp teeth, we were in desperate need for teething toys for them to play with. It saved us a lot of money not having to buy toys at that time.

How many pets did this grant help?

50+

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

We had two surprise pregnancies. We brought two dogs up from a high-[intake] shelter in West Virginia and found out they were both very pregnant (and due any day with nine puppies each).

One of the moms, Poppy, had recently had two puppies already, so this poor dog had 11 puppies within a year. She went through a lot and we were really happy to give her puppies toys to play with so she could take much-needed naps to relax.

When the puppies were old enough, we adopted the mom out to an older lady and Poppy is now living a very spoiled and relaxed life.

We split the puppies up into pairs and they all brought Kongs to their foster homes (which the fosters were very thankful for). All nine puppies have since been adopted and are in great homes around Western New York.

The Cat Network: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The cat Kong toys were used for the cats and kittens that are in our care and waiting for their fur-ever homes. While we are mostly foster homes, we do have a room in a building that belongs to another group that we use for cats for whom we just don’t have foster homes. Some of our cats and kittens get adopted right away, but some stay with us for a while — and we want to give them as much opportunity for play and stimulation as we can! The toys are a HUGE help!

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

The toys help to provide opportunities for play and “hunting” and positive stimuli when the cats are not being entertained by their foster parents — and it’s even more important for the cats who are at the purple building, who DO get interaction each day, but it’s not the same as living in a home. The different types of toys allow each cat/kitten to choose the ones that they find the most interesting.

How many pets did this grant help?

100

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

Duncan (first photo) and Alastair (second photo) came to us in October 2020. They were close to a year old and very, very timid. It took us at least six weeks before they were comfortable with all of us at the purple building. Since that time, they have blossomed into sweet and outgoing boys.

But around September 2021, we started to notice that they weren’t as playful and happy as they once were; living in the purple building/shelter was starting to wear on them. They have always loved toys — especially Duncan! He likes to chase things — but when the volunteers weren’t there, we had to put up the mechanical toys.

Once we got the Kong toys, where there was a good variety of toys and they could play with different ones, they seemed to even back out. We are tickled to say that they have been adopted and will be going to their fur-ever home on Dec. 31!

Piney Mountain Foster Care Inc.: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Kong dog toys were used as enrichment and entertainment for dogs when they are restricted to their kennels.

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

The Kongs proved especially beneficial at bedtime, inducing the dogs to settle on their beds and prepare for sleep. They were also great to have during severe weather, when the dogs were confined to their bedrooms to keep the building heated.

How many pets did this grant help?

30

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

Luna Lovepitt is an anxious dog who came out of a horrible situation of abuse and neglect. Playing with her Kong toy helps to occupy her and focus her energies so she does not stress out and become destructive of her blanket, bed, or water bowl. She is thrilled to settle in at bedtime and enjoy the warmth of her heat lamp, her soft blanket, and her Kong toy stuffed with biscuits. You can see a video of her here.

Luna is undergoing rehabilitation and is not yet adoptable. She is not yet listed on Petfinder, but she has a web page here.