KONG Toy Grant

Kings SPCA: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received Kongs. The products are used to provide our bigger-breed dogs who have more energy with a means of safely entertaining themselves while in isolation kennels for purposes of quarantine, or at night.

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

It has proved to save resources such as blankets that would otherwise be destroyed by these pups’ need to chew. Additionally, since they are unable to break the Kongs apart, we have not had to remove them when staff aren’t around in fear of the dogs choking.

How many pets did this grant help?

100+

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

Athena (first photo) was a massive, 150-lb. pup. She and her brother came to us as a neglected and bonded pair. Her brother died the night they arrived to the shelter due to prior medical issues. Athena slipped into a deep depression. We couldn’t get her to eat, drink, use the bathroom, etc. We did find that she would eat treats and whatnot out of a Kong and she seemed to be happy while playing with the Kong. We used this as a tool to get her to come around. She was adopted about a month ago.

Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The product was used to provide enrichment and activity for our shelter animals.

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

The grant of Kong products helped both our organization and our animals. It served as a budget-relieving donation and saved us money that we were able to put back into the care of our animals, and it helped the pets in our care by giving them toys to play with and increasing the enrichment activities they have.

How many pets did this grant help?

614

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

Waluigi (first and second photos) was brought to us a stray, single puppy. Being a singleton, Waluigi needed extra attention, socialization, activity and enrichment opportunities. Kong toys not only gave him many hours of fun, challenge and “good” chewing, they also allowed him to experience different textures and sensations when they were filled with biscuit treats, pumpkin puree, and peanut butter! Between our dedicated staff and foster volunteers, Waluigi got the care he needed to get him ready for adoption. He was adopted into a loving and warm family that will give him a forever home. Thank you!

Jersey Shore Animal Center: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Our shelter received $280 of Kong toys for our cats.

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

The Kong products are great as they provide much-needed enrichment for our residents and help us to keep them the healthiest we can, both physically and emotionally. The toys were distributed to our residents and they are theirs to keep. When they find their forever homes, their toys go with them. Specifically, we have several long-stay cats who get as much love and attention as our team of staff and volunteers can give; however, they still need to be cats first and be challenged by their own curiosity and drive. The Kong toys are ideal for this!

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

Tiger loved his Kong toy from the moment he received it. Tiger came to us more than a year ago when he lost his home because his owner became homeless and had to go to a care facility. He was super scared when he first came in — shut down and depressed. With patience from our staff and volunteers, this boy learned to trust again and waited more than a year to find his second chance. Tiger was a challenging case and he needed a quiet, patient human who would go slow with him. Tiger’s wait was over this past summer when his perfect companion came to us looking to help the cat who had been overlooked and needed help the most. Tiger went home with his belongings, including his beloved starfish!

Last Paw Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We were awarded $279.80 in KONG products.

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

The KONG toys were distributed to our foster families. These foster families used the toys to engage our dogs. The toys have helped dogs who have separation anxiety by giving them something to chew on and keep busy. The toys have helped with high-energy dogs and puppies by giving them proper items to chew on. The toys have been a great way to get some of our more laid-back or timid dogs active and more comfortable with their new surroundings. The KONG toys have been and will continue to be a benefit to all our dogs!

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant will help hundreds of dogs because KONG toys are durable, long-lasting and easy to clean.

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

Butterscotch came into her foster home in late September. She was shy and timid. During her decompression time, she was very anxious, so we filled a KONG toy with some peanut butter. This helped her calm down and become comfortable with her surroundings.

Butterscotch didn’t know how to be a dog and feel safe around people. The foster family used a KONG toy to initiate play between Butterscotch and the foster’s own dogs. With time and patience and the help of the KONG toys, Butterscotch started to learn how to be a dog and started to trust her foster family. The foster family was also able to provide her a KONG toy for her need to constantly chew. It was great to see Butterscotch become a dog who trusted and was less anxious enough that she could just fully relax.

Humane Society of York County: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received 45 KONG toys for our shelter dogs. This was such a tremendous blessing, as it helped with the anxiety of the shelter environment as well as the stress and depression the pups go through.

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

The KONG toys were a tremendous help to our shelter dogs and continue to be one. We place peanut butter inside the Kong toys and the pups will lick and play for extended periods. They absolutely love it.

How many pets did this grant help?

45+

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

Barley came to our shelter on July 18, 2020. As with many pups, he was anxious and stressed with the environment. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation, we gave him a Kong toy as soon as the toys arrived on Sept. 13. Barley’s stress was reduced and he became more calm and loving. Barley was adopted on Oct. 3 to his forever home (first photo). I truly believe the Kong was a key factor in getting Barley to become a better companion.

Animal Shelter Volunteers of Texas: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received Kong toys, which were used for dogs awaiting adoption in our foster program.

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

The Kong toys helped foster parents entertain their foster dogs. The toys were provided for fetch, chewing and stuffed with treats. They also made cute props in adoption photos to help showcase the dogs’ playful personalities.

How many pets did this grant help?

15

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

These Kongs have helped my foster pups, Jed, Jethro and Elly May, tremendously. They love them! The Kong toys helped me keep them busy in the playpen at nap time and bedtimes. They also keep them mentally stimulated, and the dogs look up at the counter waiting for me to make their stuffed Kongs several times a day. I’m grateful for the donation to my fosters.

Jed has been adopted.
Meet Jethro here.
Meet Elly May here.

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.