KONG Toy Grant

Last Chance at Life All Breed Animal Rescue and Adoptions: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant was for Kong supplies that were shipped to LCAL.

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

Our dogs are under a great deal of stress in the kennel setting. High-quality toys like Kongs can provide the mental stimulation and stress relief our dogs need to be successful.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Kane was recently transferred from a local rescue. He had been reported as a stray for more than a week before the staff at DAS was able to secure him. When he was brought in, he had a large wound on his rear flank.

The rescue contacted LCAL, as they needed an organization capable of handling Kane’s medical concerns. When Kane was brought to LCAL and received the care he needed, he was very shy and nervous.

The same day Kane arrived, the package from the KONG toy grant arrived and we allowed Kane to relax and pick through the toys. The photo shows Kane with the toy he picked. You can meet Kane here.

Spokane Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong products were used for new dogs arriving at our shelter.

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

It helped the newly arrived dogs focus on something inside of their kennel instead of barking at all of the activity around them. This provided a calmer environment for all the dogs in our care.

How many pets did this grant help?

250

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

Good Time Charlie (first photo), now named Sir Charles, traveled to Spokane from Texas. In that shelter, he had run out of time, even though he was described as a dog who loves attention from everyone and was good with kids and other dogs. He walked well on a leash and kenneled okay, too!

After two weeks, he was adopted by a family who said he was “meant to be with” the family and he had really bonded with their youngest daughter.

Agape Animal Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The products were used to provide enrichment toys and tools for dogs in our signature foster and adoption program. Additionally, the products were also given out to pet-owning families who attended Agape’s Community Canine Coaching Classes.

These are classes ranging from one-day to 4-week that offer basic behavioral training to prevent intake, and are offered on a low-/no-cost basis to people from underserved communities who may be at higher risk of surrendering their pet due to behavioral issues.

Enrichment activities are an important part of the curriculum. As some families were attending on a scholarship, we provided the KONG enrichment tools to them at no cost and to help provide enrichment and stimulation for their pets at home.

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

This product grant helps dogs who are new to the program and overcoming social, medical, and behavioral issues during foster care, for which enrichment is helpful in providing decompression and destressing activities. We are able to provide these products to our foster families at no cost.

In addition, in our Community Canine Coaching Program, we were able to provide these enrichment toys and treats to families who otherwise may not be able to afford them to assist them in their behavioral training and efforts to move towards responsible pet ownership.

How many pets did this grant help?

30

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

Dottie was adopted as a puppy from Agape’s foster and adoption program after she was dumped at Metro Animal Care and Control alongside her seven littermates at just 4 weeks old without their mother. She is pictured in the first photo on her adoption day with her canine big sister, Doris.

Dottie was adopted quickly, but has needed additional support post-adoption due to neurological issues, anxiety, and other common behavioral issues that did not resolve as she grew out of puppyhood.

Dottie participated in Agape’s four-week Community Canine Coaching Program to learn basic behavioral training and to socialize with other dogs, and in doing so her owner learned more about the benefits of enrichment.

Since receiving a KONG toy (second and third photos), Dottie has benefitted from the mental stimulation and opportunity to engage in natural behaviors at home (Doris has as well). These items have made a great difference in both the pups’ and their owners’ quality of life, and Dottie has remained happily in the home.

New Castle Henry County Animal Shelter: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Kongs for kennel enhancement.

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

Our dogs are loving their new Kongs. We put peanut butter in them and on them and our dogs absolutely love them. The Kongs help with boredom during the evening when nobody is around to walk them.

How many pets did this grant help?

It would be hard to determine, as the dogs come and go in our shelter often. It will certainly be in the hundreds each year.

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

Mahoney (first photo) is a pit bull-shepherd mix who was with us for five months. The daily KONG helped him avoid kennel boredom for his long stay with us. He looked forward to his KONG like clockwork every day. It was a joy to see him have so much fun in his kennel tossing his toy around. Mohoney has been adopted. Thank you so much for adding to our kennel enhancement program.

Norfolk SPCA: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Norfolk SPCA is so grateful to have received KONG toys and treats from the Petfinder Foundation; they have provided more enriching experiences for the dogs in our care as they await their new homes. Staff and volunteers take time to stuff KONGs with peanut butter, kibble, and other goodies to give to dogs in kennels. Also, the toys made for great fetch in our shelter’s agility yard, giving dogs a much-needed break and exercise outdoors.

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

The generous KONG toy and treat donation from Petfinder Foundation was a huge help to keep dogs occupied while they waited for their forever homes. We have had a number of long-term residents whose kennel behavior has declined over their time in our care. KONGs have been a key tool to help these long-timers keep their bodies and minds enriched while they await their new homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

150 dogs have been helped through this grant so far.

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

Although our team works around the clock to ensure animals are moved into new homes as soon as possible, sometimes dogs and cats inexplicably stay in our shelter for extended periods of time. For dogs like Waylen, it can take a while longer for a loving family to come visit and take notice. We are excited to share that our longest resident Waylen finally found his new family this September, and our new KONGs donated by the Petfinder Foundation played an important role in his arrival home.

Waylen, a 3-year-old pit bull mix, arrived at the Norfolk SPCA in November 2020 from one of our shelter-transfer partners in Gloucester, VA. He was among a group of six dogs who all found their new homes within a month of arriving, but despite countless social-media appearances and adopter meetings, Waylen waited over 10 months before finally meeting his new family.

Shelters can be a very stressful experience for dogs like Waylen. After a few months passed, Waylen started having a difficult time in his kennel. Thankfully, his love of snack-stuffed KONG toys won over his over-excited behavior, helping him to remain calm and focused while fishing for kibble and peanut butter as potential adopters came in to look. His new, perfect forever family finally arrived in September 2021. Self-described “pit-bull people,” the couple had lost their former dog two years before deciding to adopt their new best friend.

The Petfinder Foundation’s generosity was essential in helping Waylen find his new family. It took nearly a year for Waylen to arrive home, but we are thankful for tools like KONGs and other activities that give long-timers like him much-needed enrichment to pass time and maintain positive behavior.

Pasadena Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The product is used by our behavior team to provide enrichment activities to the animals in our care.

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

This grant helped provide the animals in our care with enrichment activities that help keep their minds stimulated. Being in a shelter environment can be stressful, but the Kong gives the animals an outlet for that stress. And since Kongs are very durable, they will continue to provide hours of enrichment to the animals in our care for the rest of the year.

How many pets did this grant help?

1100

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

Meet Zoey. Zoey was surrendered to us by her owner in March. When she first came into our care, Zoey was nervous and would vocalize at the front of her kennel very loudly. In the kennel environment, Zoey was struggling with stress and anxiety. Volunteers found it difficult to handle her and she became mouthy and unruly.

Our enrichment volunteers and staff worked with Zoey to help satisfy her daily needs. One of Zoey’s favorite things to do is chew and lick. By providing Zoey will a Kong filled with treats and canned food, we were able to provide an outlet that helps her keep calm and engaged. She is now enjoying coming out of her kennel and playing with toys, including her favorite red Kong!

The behavior team and volunteers at Pasadena Humane are very appreciative of these kinds of donations and would not be able to continue to provide essential enrichment without people like you. You can meet Zoey here.

Elk County Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received new Kongs for our shelter animals’ enrichment. This allowed us to replace the worn-out ones we had been using.

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

The grant allowed our shelter to continue to use Kongs as enrichment for the dogs housed in our facility. Proper enrichment ensures that dogs in shelters maintain good mental health and allows for less stress.

How many pets did this grant help?

Since we disinfect the Kongs and reuse them, any dog coming through our shelter is helped by having these new Kongs. On average, we house 10-15 dogs at a time.

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

One dog helped by the grant was Doug. He came to us through a program we have to bring dogs up from the South. Doug was with us about 45 days. He had a lot of energy, and even his long walks did not always burn that energy off.

Giving him Kongs with treats or peanut butter in them gave him activities to focus on and helped him to burn his energy by engaging his mind. Attached are two pictures of Doug at a summer library program. He accompanied shelter volunteers and board members to talk with the kids about proper care for pets.

Fetch Foster and Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Fetch was awarded a variety of KONG enrichment toys, which were delivered to the dogs who were actively listed on Petfinder at the time of the award. The KONG toys provide much-needed mental and physical stimulation to these fostered dogs while they await adoption. As the dogs are adopted, they will bring their KONG toys with them to their new forever homes for continued enrichment. Fetch believes that interactive toys are a central part of a canine enrichment plan and we are grateful for the Kong grant award.

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

Each of the dogs who received a KONG toy from the grant received so much more than just a toy. Providing regular enrichment for fostered dogs is vital to their continued training and positive behaviors, leading to successful adoptions. The KONG toys allow the fostered dogs to engage in their innate behaviors, such as playing, chasing, smelling, chewing, and scavenging. Encouraging the dogs to engage in these behaviors leads to physical, emotional, and mental satisfaction, and a reduction in unwanted behaviors. The KONG Toy Grant has enhanced the possibilities of successful adoptions for our fostered dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

The KONG Toy Grant helped 17 dogs.

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

Airbud (first photo) is one of our “last chance” dogs who has been patiently waiting for his forever home. Airbud spent the first three years of his life in a Texas shelter before Fetch brought him to Wisconsin and placed him in a safe foster home. For the past year, Airbud’s foster family has worked tirelessly to rehabilitate him and prepare him for adoption. Through the KONG Toy Grant, Airbud received a gift that will continue to provide him enrichment and mental stimulation while he awaits adoption. To learn more about Airbud, please visit his Petfinder profile.

Walter (second photo) is a 2-year-old bully mix who loves to explore outside and follow his nose. Walter can be a little stubborn and is working with a trainer to learn better listening skills. When Fetch received the KONG Toy Grant, Walter was one of the first dogs to receive a toy. He even got to choose his favorite from the box (third and fourth photos)!

While he is awaiting adoption, Walter finds great fun in playing with his KONG toy. His favorite thing is to roll the KONG toy around to get treats to fall out. Learn more about Walter from his Petfinder profile.

The Broome County Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The product was used for canine enrichment within out kennels.

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

The grant helped our organization and the dogs in our care by providing enrichment and alternatives for feeding. This encourages adequate stimulation and play when the dogs wait for their forever home!

How many pets did this grant help?

619

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

Longhorn (first photo) is a dog who was rescued out of El Paso, Texas, in the beginning of July. He was part of a large-scale rescue that included more than 200 dogs to be transferred out of the shelter due to capacity. Since July, Longhorn has spent time with us while waiting for his forever home, which we believe is now right around the corner!

Every morning when we come to the shelter, Longhorn is waiting at the front of his cage to go for his morning walk with our staff and volunteers. Upon his arrival back, he has TONS of toys waiting for him on his bed, one of which is a very large Kong that he enjoys playing with during the day and gets stuffed with peanut butter in the evening before we leave.

It’s toys such as this that provide energetic dogs like Longhorn with mental stimulation in the kennel. As he is a large dog, sometimes it’s hard for volunteers to be able to get him out as frequently for walks compared to the smaller dogs, so ensuring he is engaged in play even if it is on his own has been a key part in his lifestyle when he is in the kennel. You can meet Longhorn here.

Over the past several months, we have increased our transport program involving dogs since we were unable to transport as heavy in 2020. With this increase in transport dogs, as well as local dog turnover, we have been able to keep the dogs mentally stimulated while in our care.

Sheltering Hands, Inc.: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The toys were used for cat enrichment, especially at Petsmart, where the kittens need very engaging toys to expel their energy. The kittens loved the infused bobble mouse; however, they made quick work of separating the tail from the mouse! The pom-tail mouse was also a huge favorite, as you can see in the pictures.

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

This grant allowed us to replace a number of our old cats toys and offer more interesting toys to our cats than plastic balls with bells in them. We love these high-quality toys that can withstand rough play from the kittens and still hold up to our need to sanitize with bleach and laundry detergent between kittens.

How many pets did this grant help?

40 and counting

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

Jeep, who is the brown tabby van in the second photo, had been at Petsmart for a few weeks waiting for his forever home. He had been overlooked a number of times until we put the new toys in the cage with him. He and his siblings fell in love with catnip. It allowed his potential adopter the opportunity to see him as a playful and energetic kitten. He has been adopted.