KONG Toy Grant

Humane Society of Scott County Indiana: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The KONG toys were given to new dog adopters. We know that when a dog is first placed in a home, they are scared and confused. The KONG toys offer the dog something to do while transitioning into their new home. The toy was given in hopes of calming the dog’s fears and to allow them to let their anxiety out on the KONG toy.

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

The KONG toys helped with dogs transitioning into their new homes. The easier the transition into new homes, the happier the new adopters and the Humane Society. The donated KONG toys saved us money by our not having to purchase the toys.

How many pets did this grant help?

36

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

We had one rescue dog who was super shy and did not want to be around humans. He was given his KONG toy with peanut butter every day by his adoptive mom. This once-shy dog came out of his shell and began to trust the adoptive mom.

Sanilac County Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toys are used to help keep our dogs and puppies occupied during the cold days when they are kept inside for long periods of time.

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

Having the Kong toys helps burn energy and keeps the dogs from barking out of boredom. This helps them get adopted faster.

How many pets did this grant help?

15 dogs

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

We have a short-hair pointer named Carmen who is 6 years old and her owner died. Carmen would cry all day in her kennel and nothing would calm her except someone sitting in the kennel with her. We brought out the Kong and filled it with yummy treats for her to lick and chew. The crying stopped and she was a lot calmer. She has not been adopted but is working it. You can meet her here.

Pitiful Paws Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received Kongs and various other products from KONG! We fill them with peanut butter, treats, and food and give them to our kennel dogs daily.

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

This grant has provided our dogs with an amazing way to keep themselves busy and active, and to get a tasty treat! It helps them to be calm in their kennels as well!

How many pets did this grant help?

67

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

Al was healing from some major health issues and had to be mainly on crate rest. He would get restless and want to play so badly. Thankfully, he LOVED the Kongs! We would fill them up with his treats and some of his meds daily and he would go to town on them for hours until he got every last bit! They absolutely made his day. He was finally adopted as well!

Take Paws Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received a box of KONG toys. Take Paws Rescue saved over 1,000 dogs in 2019, and upon receipt of the toys, each dog we took in got a KONG, along with a blanket of their own to help through the transitions.

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

Take Paws Rescue pulls dogs from high[-intake] shelters and other high-stress environments. When they come to us, they are usually traumatized and require a lot of TLC. By supplying us with the KONG toys, the Petfinder Foundation has enabled us to give each dog in our care a toy of their own, along with a blanket and plenty of love and patience to help them recover from their trauma and get ready for their forever home.

How many pets did this grant help?

Take Paws Rescue saved over 1,000 dogs in 2019. We received the KONGs in September and they have been give to over 200 dogs.

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

Nearly three months ago, we welcomed Pansy (first five photos) into rescue. She had wounds all over her body and was covered in demodectic mange and extremely emaciated. She was found with two young babies hidden in a rotten tree trunk. She is currently with one of our trusted fosters, and Take Paws Rescue is supporting her ongoing treatment for an ear infection, as well as a secondary staph infection from and along with her reoccurring demodetic mange.

Pansy is the sweetest girl. She is quiet as a mouse and timidly follows you around. As you gain her trust, she will come for pets and even try to roll over.

She has lived a life most of us don’t want to delve in to. But what we do know is she also deserves a future better than we can imagine, and with the help of our supporters like the Petfinder Foundation and KONG, we will be able to give that to her.

Pansy is not quite ready for adoption yet so she doesn’t have a Petfinder profile, but hopefully she will be ready for her forever home soon!

Humane Society of Waupaca County: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kongs were used to replace some of the old, worn-out Kongs we were using for our dogs, and replace others that we had let dogs take to their new homes with them.

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

The Kongs are a big part of our enrichment plan. We try to give them to all the dogs daily to give them something to look forward to every afternoon. This helps make their stay here more pleasant, especially for the long-term residents.

How many pets did this grant help?

Over 30

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

Tripp was a 6-month-old Vizsla who was surrendered to HSWC. He initially had a little anxiety and a lot of pent-up energy. Being able to offer him a Kong was a great way to help make him comfortable here and give him something to do with all that energy. He was also underweight, so having the extra treat in the afternoon helped with weight gain as well. We love that we can customize what we load into the Kongs to meet the needs of each dog. He was adopted just a week after he was neutered.

The other dog is Bailey, an 8-year-old boy. He was surrendered because he had anxiety issues. He has been very satisfied with having a Kong to play with here, and even took it to his foster home. We have noticed pretty normal behavior since he’s been given a task to do daily and hope he will be adopted soon. He currently has an adoption pending.

Saving Dogs 4 Paws at a Time Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This grant provided us with educational toys for our shelter dogs that come from many different backgrounds. These dogs oftentimes come to us from very bad backgrounds and they need extra care.

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

This grant of toys allows our foster dogs to have the extra educational push needed to be adoptable. Kong toys are very durable and indestructible, so the dogs who have separation anxiety can spend several hours playing and eating the treats without causing damage to property. They also allow these dogs to learn positive ways to channel their anxiety.

How many pets did this grant help?

67

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

Tron (first photo) is a gentle giant who has been with our rescue for two years, with several applicants interested until they were informed of some of his needs. Since we have gotten this grant, Tron’s behaviors have improved greatly. Tron now has a family that is interested in him and has been working with us and him for about a month to acclimate him into their home. The Kong toys have helped Tron develop trust and security in new places and with new people. Before the end of January, he will be in his forever home.

Livingston County Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Kong products were given to each intake canine.

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

The Kong toys helped keep our canines entertained during intake and before transitioning to new homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

50

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

Icy (first photo) and Rowdy (second photo) are two of our highest energy dogs here at the shelter. Both become destructive if they are not kept busy in the kennel. Their peanut-butter Kongs will keep them busy for hours and help them avoid injuring themselves while in their kennels and while they’re enjoying their outdoor exercise time.

Meet Icy here.

Meet Rowdy here.

Last Hope Animal Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toys are used for our dogs at our adoption center to play with and entertain them.

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

We have used the Kongs for enrichment for the dogs in our care. Volunteers fill the Kongs with treats and peanut butter and the dogs love to play with them and eat from them.

How many pets did this grant help?

20+

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

One of the dogs that this grant helped is Punk (first photo). He has some stress in the kennel environment, and having a Kong to play with and eat from helps entertain him and reduce his stress level. From his Petfinder profile: “My name is Punk, but I go by Punkie or Punkin. Don’t let my name fool you — I’m a sweet boy! I’m a people-lover, potty-trained and I know ‘sit,’ ‘speak,’ and ‘down’ and I love to play catch. I seem to be okay with cats and just about every other animal I meet, although if I could pick, I’d like a home either by myself or with a mellow female about my age and size. I’ve gone through two obedience classes and I’m very treat-motivated and want to please my people. Obedience class really helps my self-esteem and makes me a proud dog. I have also done doggie daycare and like socializing with the dogs in a big group. I need an owner who has experience with dogs, and who will enjoy playing catch with me and teaching me new commands. I would be best with kids 12 and older.” You can meet him here.

City of Saginaw Animal Services: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The items were used for animals being housed at our facility. Since most of the dogs stay here a long period of time, the KONG toys are given to the ones who have a tendency to destroy average toys in their kennels due to their chewing habits.

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

We were able to use these and cut down on the costs of replacing items such as copper water lines in their kennels due to the animals chewing on the toys instead of the lines.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

Hannah (first photo) was one of our animals who was very energetic, she would just bounce in her kennel when someone would walk by. She received one of the KONG toys and played with it a lot while she was in her kennel. She was at our facility for 233 days. She was finally adopted out on Dec. 11, 2019, and is doing wonderfully in her new home.

Fetching Tails Foundation: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received a 2019 KONG Toy Grant and used the Kongs to provide enrichment and entertainment for the adoptable dogs in our care.

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

This grant of Kongs has been especially useful for dogs who are temporarily housed at our small facility, The Haven Hut. We are primarily a foster-based rescue, but The Hut is used for short-term housing in that gap between when a dog needs rescue from a shelter and when a foster home is available. Dogs typically spend a few days to a couple weeks at The Hut, and Kongs allow them have something special of their own to play with (and get treats of frozen peanut butter to snack on) outside of the shifts when volunteers are there to play, walk, and cuddle with them.

We have also provided some of the Kongs to our fosters with puppies who need to learn what is appropriate to chew (including Perdita, the black mixed-breed puppy in the second photo; she has been adopted!), and fosters with heavy chewers so that our adoptables have special items to keep them safely entertained while they adapt to home life and prepare for adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

25 (so far)

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

Celeste (first photo) is a 6-year-old pittie mix who is quite intelligent and thrives when she has something to keep her busy and engaged. She loves to work her brain with toys more than almost anything, and is very happy to spend some time with her Kong (especially when it’s filled with treats like peanut butter!). Because Celeste is a heavy chewer, Kongs are great for her as she gets mental stimulation while she figures out how to get her tasty snacks, and has long-lasting fun chewing something that holds up to her chomping. Celeste is still available for adoption, and her ideal home is one with a family (no young children, please) who will keep her active and mentally stimulated so she can use her energy in positive ways!

You can see her full profile here.