KONG Toy Grant

Fetch 4 Life, Inc.: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The products were used for training, dog interaction, enrichment and encouragement to play, and to stimulate dogs’ minds and ease boredom.

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

We are a relatively “new” rescue and do not have adequate funding, so this helped us by providing toys, training tools and interactive enrichment items to our dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

17

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

Gaspar came to us as an adoption failure from another rescue. He was already labeled “aggressive,” primarily due to his resource-guarding of toys and food and his adopters’ lack of understanding. Gaspar was just a dog who didn’t like to be confined and, as stress relief, he held a toy in his mouth. We gave him a Kong when he arrived here as a stress-reliever. For the first few days, he would just play on his own with the Kong, and we were patient and waited for him to come to us for interaction. Within the first week, he was coming up to us with his Kong and asking for interaction. We slowly played with him to build trust and he would enjoy the game of fetch for a while and then go on his own. He loved his Kong (size extra large). Eventually he would come up to us with his Kong and give it to us as he desired the attention. He quickly figured out that, when we play with him and his Kong, he gets lots of personal attention. We have now formed a very trusting bond with him and he readily releases his Kong and other toys on command. He is no longer a dog who resource-guards and he is available for adoption. Meet Gaspar here.

The Broome County Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

See below.

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

We were able to use the Kong products as a part of enrichment in the kennel, which included stuffing them with treats, playing fetch and allowing our dogs to chew on appropriate products.

How many pets did this grant help?

40

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

Bear was a dog who was brought to the Humane Society with siblings who had lived a somewhat neglected life. His hair was severely matted and he suffered severe ear and skin infections. When waiting for his forever home to pick him up, Bear was able to enjoy a nice treat of peanut butter in his Kong. This also provided him with enrichment to keep him mind occupied. Bear recently found a wonderful home where he continues to be spoiled!

Animal Help Alliance: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Kongs for our dogs in boarding

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

The Kongs provided enrichment for our dogs in boarding to help alleviate boredom and stress.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Mika is a very active 2-year-old border collie/whippet mix. Being in boarding is very hard on her. Enrichment toys like Kongs help to keep her mind occupied. Mika needs a foster or adopter so she can get out of boarding. Meet Mika here.

King George Animal Rescue League: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toys are used by KGARL foster dogs for play and enrichment. We often put dog cookies in a Kong to keep foster dogs busy in their crates.

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

Kong toys are used by our foster dogs every day to keep them entertained and quiet when they need to be crated. We often stuff the toys with treats and other yummy items so they have to work a bit to get to the food.

How many pets did this grant help?

5

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

Emma came to us as a severely underweight puppy. She was the runt of her litter and we weren’t sure if she would make it or not. Through love, TLC, a good diet and vet care, Emma has grown into a beautiful little girl and she is ready to be adopted. While Emma waits for her forever home, she enjoys playing with the Kongs in her foster home. Meet Emma here.

Friends of the Northumberland County Animal Shelter: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Volunteers from the Friends of the Northumberland County Animal Shelter (FNCAS) helped shelter staff develop a daily routine of preparing and distributing Kong toys received from your grant. Most days, each dog at the county shelter now receives a Kong toy stuffed with a tasty treat at the end of the day.

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

All our canine residents enjoyed the Kongs. They became part of a calming routine at the end of the day. The Kong toys provide comfort and stimulation to our dogs when staff and volunteers go home and lights go out. We noticed that two groups of dogs in particular were greatly helped by the Kongs: the timid dogs and the high-energy-with-anxiety group. It is fun to see how excited the dogs get when it is time to hand out Kongs! They know the room the Kongs are in and the sound of that peanut butter jar. Many of our dogs have had rough lives before arriving at our shelter. Some have never had a toy before they come through our doors. The ones who had homes previously feel uncertain about the future. To have such a fun treat at the end of the day eases the transition.

How many pets did this grant help?

Since April 1, 2019, 90 dogs have benefited from the Kong toys provided by the Petfinder Foundation grant! During that same time period, live outcomes included 43% adopted, 22% to rescue groups, 10% owner reclaimed and 22% awaiting adoption. Of note: Several of the adoptions were the result of posting on Petfinder.

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

Three dogs in particular come to mind. Chuck arrived to our shelter after being left tied up outside his whole life. He was skinny and very wary of people. Understandably, Chuck has much anxiety when he is in his kennel. The Kong has become his security blanket. He has it with him every minute of the day and makes sure to carry it with him when he goes outside to the play yard. We saw a big increase in his anxiety when the Kong was inadvertently not put in with him one day. We are so very pleased that the Kong brings Chuck comfort. Chuck is awaiting some medical treatment and then will be available for adoption.

The second dog we want to mention is Brook. Brook, a small beagle, was terrified when she arrived. It was initially not possible to touch her without a negative reaction. She showed no interest or pleasure in anything. Well! Enter the Kong into her life. Brook is, to put it mildly, passionate about her Kong and its hidden treats. She becomes very vocal at the first sign she is going to get her Kong. She goes scurrying to her bed to curl up and enjoy her treasure. After the introduction of a Kong, and receiving one regularly from staff or volunteers, Brook’s personality has begun to emerge. She actually waits at the door of her kennel now for a walk! Brook is getting one-on-one attention from volunteers and will soon be available for adoption.

The third dog is Jupiter. Jupiter arrived very timid. Her enthusiasm shows, though, when she sees her Kong. We purchased a Kong to send home with her when she was adopted to ease her transition.

Spokane Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kongs were for our Airway Heights Corrections Center Prison Dog Program.

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

We have eight dogs who live at the correction center for 10 weeks. The Kongs help keep them busy during the day and at night in their kennels. They love trying to get the peanut butter and treats out of the Kongs. The grant of the Kong toys helped sustain our budget as we are financially responsible for purchasing all the toys and treats for the prison dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

Eight dogs each 10-week session

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

The white dog in the first picture is Ginko. He is the youngest dog we have had in the program so far, and the only dog who did not have an adoption application yet. Using these pictures and posting on social media, we immediately got three applications for him! The brown dog is Teddy. He loves his Kong! If possible, we may be able to send the Kongs home with the dogs when their new adopters come and pick them up on July 24.

Kansas Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Kongs

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

It has provided regular enrichment since awarded to date for thousands of dogs daily.

How many pets did this grant help?

5,000

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

Petey (first photo) was adopted from KHS after spending three weeks in our care. He was one of our longer-term residents, so we knew it was important to provide him with plenty of daily enrichment to decrease his stress levels. Stuffed Kongs are part of our shelter’s daily enrichment program, and the dogs can’t wait to get their paws on a frozen Kong and lick the delicious filling out. Petey was no exception. Kongs helped us keep his mind active in between walks and playtime. Because the Kongs helped reduce his stress levels, he was able to put his best paw forward when he met his new family.

Since his adoption, Petey has stayed busy and now has an important job to do: He is a registered service dog for a child with autism, and she is his top priority each day. His calm and sweet personality makes an impact on everyone he meets!

Shreveport Bossier Animal Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The KONG toys were used for enrichment activities for the cats at our shelter and in foster homes. We also brought the toys to our adoption events at Petco and Petsmart to help alleviate stress with the cats at the event.

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

Enrichment is crucial to helping our cats feel calm and comfortable while they are living in a shelter situation. It can be a stressful place and these KONG toys allow them to relax, play, and release some energy. Potential adopters love to see the cats playing and showing their fun side with toys. Kids especially like to visit and play with the cats, so these toys allowed them to interact in a positive way with our shelter cats.

How many pets did this grant help?

70

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

Our big boy Titan (first two images) loved to play with these KONG toys. We featured him playing with the toys in photos on our Facebook page. Titan had a more difficult time than most cats getting adopted, because he is FIV-positive. The photos of him playing with toys showed that he is just like all other cats and gave potential adopters a good idea of his feisty personality. This sweet boy did get adopted to a loving family at the end of April!

West Feliciana Animal Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong products were used for behavior modification in a high-anxiety German Shepherd and for the enrichment of several litters of puppies, since they were not allowed to be on the grass at the facility and had to stay in an enclosure on concrete.

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

Bella has made remarkable progress since having the Kong toy. The toy was used with frozen pumpkin and with peanut butter to help make her kennel a pleasant place for her to be. Since receiving the Kong toy, Bella no longer cowers in the corner of her kennel, but stands at the gate looking for her snack and allows physical contact.

We also used the Kong toys for several litters of puppies. Since stray puppies are so susceptible to disease, they must stay on cleanable surfaces, such as concrete, until they have had two rounds of vaccines. Because they are not allowed to exercise on grass, they are restricted to the kennel, which can become a boring and/or stressful place for a developing puppy. We used the Kong toys with the puppies so they could hone their physical and intellectual capabilities without jeopardizing their health!

How many pets did this grant help?

14

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

Bella, an approximately 1-year-old German shepherd mix, came to us on a lead line that she had been tied out on by an owner who couldn’t do anything with her. She was so high-anxiety all the time that she would never stop moving. She paced and panted and would never allow physical contact. After we did some behavior-modification exercises and started using the filled Kong toy to make her kennel a pleasant place, she now welcomes physical contact and never paces anymore. She will sit still and wait patiently when stopped on a walk. She no longer constantly looks for an exit. Bella loves her peanut butter-filled Kong toy and will wait at the kennel gate expecting it. Unfortunately, no one has been able to commit to continuing with her rehabilitation. She is still available for adoption. Meet Bella here.

White River Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong dog toys were used to calm and entertain our dogs.

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

We have multiple dogs who are long-term stays, and the Kongs do help keep them calm and entertained.

How many pets did this grant help?

I can’t honestly say or give a number because the number of dogs that have used/reused or utilized the Kongs was not tracked.

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

In particular, Reddie is one of our longest-stay dogs and she loves to play and chew on a Kong dog toy. From her Petfinder profile: “Reddie loves to run and play; she is very loving to shelter staff and is so gentle when taking treats. Reddie is a shelter favorite and is a wonderful girl who would do best in a home without cats. Reddie will be current on all vaccinations and heartworm-negative.” Meet Reddie here.