KONG Toy Grant

Animal Rescue New Orleans Inc: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kongs were used to enrich the lives of shelter dogs. It was like Christmas in March for the ARNO pups! They really help dogs with the stress and boredom of being in a shelter environment.

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

ARNO is a volunteer-based organization. We stretch every dollar. Your kind donation not only gave our pups some great distraction, but it was also a nice boost to our staff and volunteers, having fun passing out the Kongs and watching the dogs’ reaction.

How many pets did this grant help?

45

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

Anna is an ARNO rescue who has always been a little mouthy when she is excited. She really seemed so much more relaxed with her own little Kong to chew. One of our approved applicants wanted to adopt a long-term ARNO rescue. He is very committed with training, and Kongs are a big part of it. Anna is doing great in her new home with her bed, toys and Kongs.

PAWSIBILITIES: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Received the Kong grant for cats. We were able to distribute the Kongs between several foster homes and our PetSmart cat condos.

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

We have been able to supply several of our foster homes and our cat condos with Kong toys. One cat who has never really played while in the rescue loves the StartFish toy!

How many pets did this grant help?

43

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

Our foster cat, Rudy (first six photos), had been trapped during a trap-neuter-return program but was moved to a catio instead of being released. We then moved him into foster care, where he was very loving but showed no real signs of being a playful cat. We didn’t even have the Kong toys out of the box yet when he threw a package on the floor and started trying to open it! We opened it for him and gave him the toy. He had a blast! Rudy has since been adopted after being with us for a year!

We also have the Kong toys at the PetSmart cat condos so all the cats there get to play with them.

Thank you so much for this wonderful grant that will keep on giving, even as our foster pets get adopted.

Hawk Creek Animal Shelter: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We use the Kongs for in-house dogs. When the shipment came, we advertised on our Facebook and our Instagram. We used peanut butter with kibble and also filled them with water and kibble and froze them. All of the dogs that were on our adoption floor and in our intake area were very happy and content, and it really relieved the stress of being in their kennels. We have enjoyed having the Kongs prepared and in our freezer to give the dogs something to do; they really do de-stress the brain and provide an enrichment element to cut down on the amount of barking. That in turn helps the decibel level in the kennel space.

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

This grant helped us provide Kongs for dogs that we otherwise would not have. It provided an enrichment element that we do not have funding for, and it brought the animals joy and still brings them joy. It also gave us a teaching tool to help people know proper ways of stuffing a Kong, what a Kong is, and how beneficial one can be.

How many pets did this grant help?

8-10

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

It’s hard to choose one specific dog, as many of the dogs were very content having the Kongs, and they really provided a great deal of mental exercise for the dogs. If I were to choose one, I would choose Sergeant (first photo), a dog whom it took a gentleman five and a half weeks to even get a leash on in order to bring him to the shelter. After coming to the shelter, Sergeant had a hard time in the first couple of weeks, but he really blossomed and showed us how sweet, fun and smart he was. The Kongs were a very fun treat for him and really made a difference. He did get adopted!

Martinsville Henry County SPCA: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Petfinder Foundation gave us a box of Kong toys and chews for our dogs to enrich their stays in the kennels.

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

The majority of our dogs are larger breeds and easily destroy lighter-weight toys and stuffed animals. These Kong toys are able to stand up to their pressure and keep them occupied. We fill them with kibble and coat the top with peanut butter so the dogs are happily entertained during the day when they are not in the play yards.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

A neglected Shar Pei, who came to us with a severe skin infection and eyes so damaged that she is now blind, is having trouble learning to trust people. We discovered, however, that she loves toys and collects them in her bed, and she’s much more willing to interact with people who have toys to offer her. We gave her a filled Kong toy, which keeps her nibbling and reduces her fear as people walk past her kennel. With time and patience, she is learning that other people besides the staff are safe.

We had a puppy named Patch surrendered to the SPCA who was too small to safely pair with the adult dogs, and the only other puppies we had were still nursing so he could not go with them. Patch was lonely without a companion in the room. A Kong toy filled with kibble helped Patch ease his loneliness, and his adorable antics with the toy helped a family fall in love with, and adopt, him.

Greenawalds Service: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received a box of Kong toys that were given to our rescue dogs for enrichment during kennel time.

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

These Kongs helped our rescued dogs enjoy their kennel time more and they stood up to our extreme chewers who normally destroy toys in minutes. The dogs love them and we bought the stuffers for them, helping to occupy their minds further with trying to clean them out.

How many pets did this grant help?

12

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

Beaux is an extreme chewer and goes through toys in mere minutes. He especially has done GREAT with the X2 and in fact it is still intact. We just add treats or the canned “squeeze cheese” in various flavors and he loves it. He has not yet been adopted; Beaux is one half of a bonded pair and they have been looking for a forever home for over a year, which makes the need for kennel enrichment all the more of a priority for these two. The remaining 10 Kongs that were given to other rescues went with them as they were all adopted. They liked them so much that I didn’t want to keep the Kongs from them.

Dallas Animal Services: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Dallas Animal Services staff is using the KONG toys we received from this Petfinder Foundation grant as part of the canine-enrichment program. Staff distribute stuffed KONG toys to shelter dogs daily!

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

Dallas Animal Services’ canine-enrichment program is pretty robust, with external kennel activities such as playgroups and coordinated runs with volunteers, but the KONG toys received from this Petfinder Foundation grant allow for some in-kennel activity as well.

How many pets did this grant help?

We estimate that over the course of these KONG toys’ lifetime, 720 shelter dogs will benefit from this grant!

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

Willie is a sweet pit mix who came in as a stray with a broken pelvis. As he is recovering, Willie is unable to participate in playgroups or the volunteer running program, so these KONG toys have provided him with mental and physical stimulation within his kennel. Since Willie also LOVES to eat, the stuffed KONG toy is the highlight of his day!

Surprisingly, Willie is still available for adoption. His Petfinder profile is here.

Greenawalds Service: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kongs we received were given to our chewers and they LOVE them. The grey XL Kongs were especially a hit with our power chewers.

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

The Kongs gave the dogs enrichment while in their kennels, since they would ordinarily destroy other toys in a matter of minutes and then be bored again. These, however, have lasted. We have bought the treats and squeeze cheese to put inside and the dogs love them.

How many pets did this grant help?

12

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

Beaux is a power chewer and destroys all other toys within a matter of minutes. He loves his XL Kong and it still provides him with daily enrichment. You can meet Beaux here.

Compassionate Animal Rescue Efforts: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Keeping our dogs entertained in their foster homes until adopted.

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

It saved us money on buying toys for some of the dogs in our care. The dogs LOVE the toys.

How many pets did this grant help?

8

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

The Kong toys kept Cinna busy and happy while he waited on his forever family to adopt him. I am attaching his photo with the toys and his adoption photo shortly after.

Miss Gabriel Foundation: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We had several bilateral TPLOs and dogs in recovery. These toys helped the months go by more easily by keeping them happy and stimulated.

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

We were able to give dogs in and out of recovery the joy of KONG toys. They were durable and still have not been destroyed. We have STRONG chewers who destroy nearly every toy, but the KONG toys are still intact.

How many pets did this grant help?

15

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

Aurora had a lateral suture surgery (which failed); then she had to have a bilateral Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO). Her sisters Snow White and Belle also had bilateral TPLOs. Aurora has a family waiting for her to heal to adopt her and the other two girls are still looking for their forever families. Belle suffers from daily seizures, so these Kongs help her postictal (after her seizures).

Tulsa SPCA: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We utilized the Kong toys received from the grant for enrichment for our shelter animals. Once the COVID-19 pandemic hit, we were successful in finding foster homes for all of our shelter animals. While in the past, we were able to reuse Kong toys during the day, having all of our animals in foster care required us to have Kong toys for each animal to go home with. Without the Petfinder Foundation Kong toy grant, we wouldn’t have been able to provide the proper enrichment for all of the pets in our care.

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

Having the Kong toys from the Petfinder Foundation Kong toy grant allowed us to provide proper enrichment for all animals in our care during the COVID-19 pandemic. With all of our animals in foster care, we did not have enough Kong toys to provide one to every dog who needed one.

How many pets did this grant help?

80

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

Mara was one of our long-term dogs who developed behavior issues during her time at the shelter. Once out of her kennel, she would try her hardest to avoid going back in. The only way she would go back is if she had her Kong ready and waiting for her. When she went into foster care, we made sure she had her trusty Kong with her and some hot dogs for stuffing! Mara has since been adopted into a loving home and is thriving!