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.
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.
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.