KONG Toy Grant

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.

Miss Maggie May's Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Kongs used for our chewers’ playtime and filled to help with crate-training.

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

We always include Kongs inside our puppy pens. The puppies love the way the Kongs bounce and will lie there and chew on them as their teeth are coming in. We also have anxious adult dogs and we give them Kongs at adoption events. We went to a large outdoor adoption event to which the public brought their dogs, and one of our high-energy dogs was given a Kong. He settled down and chewed and played with it for well over an hour. Outside with the high-energy dogs, we play fetch with them using the Kongs — they love the way they bounce off-center.

How many pets did this grant help?

The sizes donated helped 13 puppies and eight adults.

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

Beau (first photo) is a cur mix and has been in rescue for six months. He is currently 8 months old, and is so full of energy. His foster has been stuffing Kongs and they help him to calm down and have been a great help with crate-training. We attended an outdoor adoption event in one of our local parks and Beau started to get anxious, so he was given a Kong that was not stuffed and he settled down and chewed and played with it for over an hour. Meet Beau here.

Sasha (subsequent photos) is what we call a “secret chewer” at 4 years of age. Her foster has been offering Kongs to help her learn what is okay to chew on, and she will carry them around and find a nice comfy spot to lie down with them. Her foster has been trying to get her to play fetch with them, but after the first throw, the Kong is hers and she will not give it up. Meet Sasha here.

Gateway 4 Paws: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

As toys for the dogs in rescue

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

It provided them something to play with and stimulate their brains.

How many pets did this grant help?

In the short amount of time we have had them, only four, but they will continue to help many more in the future.

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

Goldie was a very hyper and destructive cavapoo. She was given a Kong Classic with peanut butter inside and all her spare time was spent working on that toy. She became more focused on it than on destroying items in the home. She was adopted.

Pibbles and More Animal Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The KONG toys that were awarded to us were used in a KONG enrichment program that we created for our foster dogs.

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

This grant helped multiple dogs in our care who needed additional types of enrichment to help stimulate them mentally and keep them busy in their foster homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

5

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

Clarabella (first photo) came to us from Animal Care Centers of NYC. She had a fractured femur upon intake at the shelter and, when we sent her to our surgeon in Brooklyn, it was determined that she needed to have her leg amputated. Due to her amputation, she was on crate rest while she healed and was unable to be as active as she would have liked. The KONG enrichment program that we built was able to help keep her mind busy so that she didn’t get bored, even though she was lacking physical exercise. Clarabella was adopted and at the time of adoption she was sent home with a KONG toy. This toy helped transition her into her new home. It was an item she was familiar with and a great way to help her adjust and keep her occupied while transitioning with her new family.

Kibblez of Love: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Enrichment for our rescue dogs

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

Our dogs spend several hours a day in kennels at the rescue, and the KONG grant helped keep them happy and busy. We fill the Kongs with peanut butter; our dogs love the treat and it’s a fun way for them to pass the time.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Enrichment plays a very important role at our rescue with the homeless dogs. Hunter (first photos) and Ghost (second photo) are still looking for their forever homes and have pretty high anxiety, so the stuffed Kongs help them take their minds off of their stress by giving them a treat filled with goodies to keep them happy.

Meet Hunter here.

Meet Ghost here.

Pets Needing Parents: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toys allow our dogs and puppies to be able to play, to just be dogs, and to have fun, other than just going out for a walk or a run in the big pen.

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

The babies loved the Kongs. They were playing like pups again, plus they could not just chew up the hard toys. They ran, they played, they threw them in the air. They really enjoyed them.

How many pets did this grant help?

29

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

One is Ginger, a red heeler mix (pictured with Diego, a cattle-dog mix puppy). She has been at our rescue the longest. She is our mother hen when puppies come in; she watches over the mobile home on-site. As of today, March 15, 2019, we heard she may have an adopter. They are coming this weekend and fell in love with her on the Petfinder site. Meet Ginger here.

Meet Diego here.

Luvn Pupz: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toy donations have been used for enrichment for all of our medical cases.

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

Receiving the Kong toys has kept our medical cases enriched and happy, and it has saved the organization money that can be used for their veterinary costs.

How many pets did this grant help?

12 currently

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

Riddick is a 7-month-old husky who was abandoned after being struck by a car. He has been through two surgeries so far to repair both back legs. He will be up for adoption after he is fully healed.

Rescue Our Furry Friends (ROFF): KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toys are being used for stimulation with our dogs while they’re in their runs.

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

They love the Kong toys for playing and interacting with our volunteers.

How many pets did this grant help?

11+. We keep them here so the dogs coming into rescue will use them in the future also.

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

Our puppy Noah came to us last week. Being only 12 weeks old, he loves to chew and play. So we gave him one of the smaller Kongs to play with and chew on when he would chew on inappropriate items. He loves to carry it around. He has not been posted on Petfinder yet; we are waiting on his second vet appointment to make sure he is healthy before we would post him.

Helping Animals Live Tomorrow Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received KONG toys, which we used at our kennel facility for the dogs. They served as play and stimulation rewards.

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

The KONG toys were distributed to each dog and they were used on a daily basis. Some dogs had higher interest levels than others. We tucked treats inside, which provided stimulation while the dogs were in the kennel and not in the yard.

How many pets did this grant help?

20 of our kennel/foster dogs participated.

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

Boudi (first and second photos)! Boudi, while at the kennel, dealt with kennel- and barrier-frustration. Amazingly, he also had a high interest in the KONG toys given to him. Boudi was officially adopted this weekend after spending two weeks in a foster-to-adopt situation in order to be sure it was the perfect match.

Lucky Dog Animal Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kongs are used to provide positive outlets for animals in foster care, transport, and shelter care prior to rescue and rehoming. The are an invaluable source for our animals. Thank you!

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

They made an immense difference in giving scared, worried dogs in a new environment something to play with, something to chew — something to keep them busy and calm during adoption events, furthering their adoption potential.

How many pets did this grant help?

1000

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

This wonderful grant helped dogs like Rowland, a golden retriever, and Jabba the Mutt, a brindle mixed breed dog (first photo). Rowland came to us as one of a litter of seven puppies. He was afraid of his own shadow, but through foster care and playing with the Kongs, he gained confidence and found his forever home (second photo)! Jabba the Mutt came to us a LARGE puppy with boundless energy. Playing with the Kong gave him a positive outlet for his energy and allowed him to quickly find his forever family. Thank you!