KONG Toy Grant

Lake Norman Humane: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toys are filled and frozen twice weekly and given to our dogs in-house as treats and to help with stimulation and shelter stress.

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

The Kongs are a great tool to use during high-traffic adoption fairs to keep the dogs stimulated and less stressed.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant helps numerous animals, as the Kongs can be used over and over again.

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

We have had several pets succumb to stress or resource-guarding, and this grant has helped to alleviate stress and fixation. During high-traffic times and as rewards, our amazing pups are receiving stimulation with these Kongs. Pictured from top are Noble, a sweet 1-year-old male pit mix who came in with leg injuries (meet him: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/42807474); Louise, who has been adopted; Lucy; and Steven, a 5-year-old male pit mix (meet him: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/42807485).

Marshfield Area Pet Shelter: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The KONGs we received were used for the dogs in our care, to help enrich their lives during their stay at our shelter.

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

We stuffed the KONGs with treats, then put them in the freezer. Once they were frozen, each dog received a KONG and trying to get the treats out helped them stay mentally stimulated. It also provided them with a toy that they could chew on but not destroy and consequently have taken away.

How many pets did this grant help?

Five dogs so far and many more to come!

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

We had a puppy who came in very scared and confused. She didn’t know where she was or why she was with us and not at home. I gave her the small puppy KONG filled with peanut butter and she was so happy! She was distracted with her KONG long enough for her family to contact the shelter and come pick her up! Because of her treat toy, she did not spend hours in her kennel scared and worried but instead content until she was able to go home.

I give these KONGs to every new dog to try and help them cope with the change of coming into the shelter and have provided pictures of some of the dogs who have benefited from it.

Racing Dog Rescue Project: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Kong toys for our shelter dogs.

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

Each and every one of our greyhounds now has a Kong toy in his kennel to help with boredom and enrichment until he is adopted.

How many pets did this grant help?

We currently have 18 greyhounds in our shelter.

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

Mr. Blu Spirit is one of our current adoptable greyhounds whom we received from a local Sarasota track. He is very playful and eagerly awaiting a new forever home. He is the type of dog who definitely needs to be kept occupied, and the Kong toys could not have come at a better time. He is much more happy while in his kennel and also much more calm when potential adopters come to our shelter. Meet him: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/42614296

New Hope Animal Rescue Center: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the Kong toys that we received to entertain and calm down our shelter dogs during storms. We are in a metal building and you can hear it storming. Our dogs get really scared or restless, so the Kongs filled with peanut butter or treats keep their minds busy!

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

It helped in many ways. We did not have to use operations money to buy toys, and the Kong toys have helped keep our dogs busy during storms.

How many pets did this grant help?

It has helped 40, plus the Kongs will continue to help the new dogs brought in.

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

This is Deacon. He was rescued from Hurricane Florence. He came to us very scared and confused. Every time it would storm, Deacon would try to hide under his blanket or bed. He went through a lot with the hurricane and all, so we wanted to give him something that would keep his mind off things during storms. That’s exactly what the Kong toys did. We filled them up with treats and Deacon would stay busy trying to get the treat out. He did not even worry about the thunder and rain. Thanks, Kong!

Franklin Township Animal Shelter: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Franklin Township Animal Shelter received Kong toys for dogs. They helped keep the dogs entertained and less stressed.

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

The Kong toys eased the stress of dogs at the shelter waiting for their forever homes. A dog who is engaged and socialized is more likely to be adopted than a fearful dog.

How many pets did this grant help?

20-25

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

Pops is a 7-year-old pit-bull terrier who absolutely adores Kong toys. He is able to run and play with the Kong, indoors and out. Pops is awaiting his forever home and is still available at the Franklin Township Animal Shelter. Pops is featured here: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/34460619

Vanderburgh Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Product was used for canine enrichment.

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

It provided our shelter dogs with enrichment while they wait for new homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

About 30 so far. The Kongs can be reused with future dogs as well.

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

Maybelle has been with us longer than any of our dogs. She’s a wonderfully sweet girl and likely gets overlooked a lot because of her age. She was immediately interested in her new Kong and, even though she didn’t chew on it right away, I’m sure she will once we fill it with yummy peanut butter! Having durable toys that she can chew on or play with will make her stay here more comfortable and hopefully make her stand out and look more endearing to potential adopters, too. There are three pictures of her with her Kong included! Meet her: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41368821

PupStarz Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The KONG dispersment was used for our dogs with separation anxiety to help them overcome this anxiety and to keep them busy!

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

This grant helped dogs in the care of PupStarz rescue by helping them with separation anxiety.

How many pets did this grant help?

25

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

Cowbell has gained much confidence and loves his KONG! From his Petfinder profile: “Mooo! Introducing Cowbell, a 3-year old, 58-lb. Plott hound mix. This handsome hunk is so sweet and loyal, he has been nicknamed Buddy — and that’s all he wants: to be your buddy, your bestie, your pal with four paws. Buddy is a tad timid at first, but once he knows you, his love is pure, heartfelt and unconditional. He gets along beautifully with all dogs. And all humans too! Especially if you gently caress his big, floppy, velvety ears! And wait til you do! They’re literally like butter! This gentle giant is playful and goofy, but he’s also capable of entertaining himself for hours on end with any type of chew toy. KONGs, pigs’ ears, rawhide sticks, Himalayan chews — you name it, he’ll take it! Buddy travels well in a car, will come when you say the name Buddy and understands what the word ‘no’ means. He seems to be a real bright boy and you can tell that he’s eager to keep learning and growing. Quite the chowhound, Buddy prefers wet dog food, but in the end, he’ll pretty much eat anything. Without a doubt, his favorite food is chicken. Pass the drumstick, please!” Meet him: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/42690664

Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kongs are used for enrichment for the shelter dogs to keep them mentally and physically happy while they wait for their forever homes.

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

We put peanut butter or grain-free wet food in the Kongs and freeze them. The dogs love it.

How many pets did this grant help?

Well we reuse the Kongs over and over after each use (we, of course, clean them) so it’s helping 100s of dogs.

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

Nahla is a dog for adoption who has been with us for a long time. She is dog-selective so that is holding her back some from being adopted sooner. She is getting stressed at the shelter so we have her in the office with us. She has toys and a comfy bed, but mostly she loves her peanut-butter Kongs! She is the dog in the first photo. Here is her link: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/42684369

Humane Society of North Central Arkansas: 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?

The Kong toys are being used to help the shelter animals, giving them something to think about and reducing their stress.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Evee was surrendered to us because she wasn’t fitting into her new home. She is a little anxious, but super sweet and very smart. She is really enjoying the Kong toys and figuring out how to get the treats out of the middle while she’s waiting for her new home. Meet her: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/42078494

Portsmouth 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?

This grant has provided more Kongs, allowing us to give every dog on the adoption floor a stuffed Kong, regardless of how many kennels are occupied.

How many pets did this grant help?

On the day these photos were taken, 31 animals enjoyed peanut butter-filled Kongs. Hundreds of dogs will be able to enjoy these Kongs in the coming months to due to the amazing washability these toys have.

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

We are using the Kong toys as added enrichment toys/boredom busters for the dogs. In these photos you will see Johnny Cash, Sonny, and Jade (from top) enjoying peanut butter-filled Kongs.

Stafford SPCA: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Kong toys were used for the dogs, to be filled with peanut butter and snacks, and to give them relaxing time with the toy when they needed a break.

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

Giving Kong toys to our more stressed-out dogs helps keep our shelter quiet and keeps our dogs occupied and happy, thus reducing shelter stress for everyone and making our shelter a more home-like environment.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Porkchop is a dog who’s been in our rescue for about two months. He LOVES attention so much that he can get a little bit sad when he doesn’t have a volunteer hanging out with him. Luckily, we have many volunteers who love to come visit him — but even a great dog like Porkchop can’t have visitors all the time. Porkchop loves spending time with people so much that he’ll sometimes grab onto their legs when they try to leave his room, as if in an effort to keep them with him for longer. One thing that has helped Porkchop a lot has been the Kong grant. We are sure to provide him with a Kong stuffed with healthy treats and a little bit of peanut butter whenever he’s having a particularly lonely day. It helps calm his nerves by giving him something to focus on and fills his belly with goodness. And of course, because they are Kong toys, they always prove to be durable and long-lasting, even for powerful chewers like Porkchop. Meet him: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/42296551

Connor and Millie's Dog Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toys were distributed to our foster dogs to provide high-quality chew toys for them.

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

Many of our foster parents do not have the means to buy every foster dog its own toys. The rescue is able to provide some, but the cost of food and medical care outweighs the need for toys. This grant provided some high-quality toys for our more active chewers.

How many pets did this grant help?

7

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

Elaina is an active senior in our rescue. Her foster home includes some large dogs and Elaina was not able to chew on the toys that had been purchased for the larger dogs. She needed a toy that was more her size! The Kong grant sent toys of different sizes and we were able to find one just for Elaina. Meet her: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41835568

Humane Society of Central Arizona: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received a grant from Kong for enrichment. The Kong toys were distributed to our shelter dogs for additional enrichment while they spend time at the shelter waiting for their forever homes.

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

Pets who spent a long time at our shelter waiting for their forever homes were given Kong toys to help the time go by faster. For some dogs, we froze treats into the Kong toys to make the dogs more interested. We feel that the extra enrichment helped our long-time dogs get adopted.

How many pets did this grant help?

36

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

Bam Bam was a long-time resident of HSCAZ who was returned twice for being destructive when left alone. We gave Bam Bam a Kong for his kennel, where he enjoyed hours of playing with it instead of thinking about how lonely he was and how much he wanted to get out of the shelter. Bam Bam was adopted recently and we sent his new owners home with two Kong toys. We’ve heard that he is doing great and, as long as he has his Kong when he is left alone, he is just fine!

Angel's Rest Animal Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Angel’s Rest is grateful for the donation of Kong products. They are used as enrichment tools for our special-needs dogs, who usually take longer to get adopted into living families, if ever.

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

The Kongs are also used as reward tools when dogs succeed at a learned behavior.

How many pets did this grant help?

25 at sanctuary, five in foster care

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

Sophie (first three photos) was surrendered to Angel’s Rest due to a bite history and aggression toward other dogs. As such, she cannot be paired with other animals and enrichment is a bigger challenge. Sophie loves her Kongs. During extended periods of solitude, Sophie gets Kongs that have been stuffed with biscuits and peanut butter and then frozen for maximum duration. We found that with “behaviorally challenged” dogs, their level of intelligence is usually higher, so enrichment is a must to prevent boredom and the exacerbation of bad behaviors. Kongs are instrumental when dealing with animals such as Sophie. Meet her: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36636251

Barks of Love: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We were granted KONG toys for our foster dogs. These toys were given to size-appropriate dogs for play and enrichment.

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

This grant helped us give something to the dogs who have high energy to keep them busy, and our dogs currently in boarding who need something to stimulate their brains through play. We will also be giving these Kongs to adopters when these dogs, and future rescues, are adopted.

How many pets did this grant help?

Currently we were able to help seven dogs (one high-energy dog in foster care and six dogs who are either currently in boarding or were boarders in the past instead of in foster homes)

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

Annie is a border collie with high energy who needed something to help her learn to play in her foster home. Annie was rescued from a high[-intake] shelter off the Rescue Only list. Her foster family adores her so much, they have adopted her! She loves the Kong toy. It keeps her busy and focused and she enjoys the challenge of getting the treat inside. Thank you, Kong, for helping us provide stimulation and fun for our rescued dogs.

Twin Cities Pet Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The KONG Toy Grant provided durable enrichment for a number of puppies who came into rescue this summer. It gave them mental stimulation; an opportunity to engage in natural, species-appropriate behaviors; and a safe outlet for their natural urge to chew.

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

These KONG toys provide mentally and physically stimulating enrichment for dogs, and in particular, helped keep the energetic puppies in our rescue busy!

How many pets did this grant help?

15

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

Bowie, a 3-month-old Lab-mix puppy, came with his siblings to TCPR in May and, like a good puppy, was a bundle of energy. Thanks to this product grant, he received a KONG toy, which he loved — especially when it was filled with frozen peanut butter! For Bowie, his treat-filled KONG was used to help with his crate-training, providing a fun, stimulating and special treat that he received when he was in his crate while his fosters were away from home. Having mental stimulation and using his skills to problem-solve to use the toy were a great way for this energetic puppy to wear himself out and get set up for a great start in his forever home, which he found in July!

Freedom Service Dogs of America: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toy grant was used to replace our old, chewed-up Kong toys, which are given to our dogs each evening. We fill the Kongs with peanut butter and kibble, freeze them, and then distribute to each dog before they go to bed for the night.

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

We have found that by giving a long-lasting, high-value treat, we can increase positive associations with each dog’s kennel. It becomes an enjoyable place to go because the dogs know that they will be receiving a treat when they lie down.

How many pets did this grant help?

We have between 30 and 40 dogs at our facility and each dog gets a Kong at night.

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

One of our more timid pups, Pemmy, had a rough time adjusting to the kennels. After some volunteer enrichment in her kennel and a few extra Kong treats, she was much more willing to lie down on her bed. She had been standing at the door and looking out, which was worrying staff, so once she began to associate her kennel (and Kong treats) with a positive experience, she was able to relax. She was adopted shortly after and went home with an extra frozen Kong treat to help ease her transition into her new life.

NMDOG: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kongs received in this grant will be used at NMDOG HQ for the dogs undergoing medical and behavioral rehabilitation after being rescued off of their chains.

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

Currently, we have many dogs undergoing medical and behavioral rehabilitation since being rescued from their chains. Kongs are a great tool to use for added enrichment during their time with us. We stuff them with peanut butter and freeze them or, for our kiddos with allergies, we use special food and treats free of their allergens and freeze that.

How many pets did this grant help?

We currently have 17 dogs housed at NMDOG HQ along with seven dogs in boarding, all waiting for foster or forever homes. These Kongs will benefit all of these dogs.

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

Axis was rescued off of his chain with an untreated eye injury. He received the surgery he needed, has made a full medical recovery and is currently available for adoption. THANK YOU for helping us provide quality enrichment for the dogs in our care! Meet Axis: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37716282

Chemung County SPCA: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received Goodie Bones and Classic Kongs in a variety of sizes to be used for the dogs in our care.

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

We have long been advocates of work-to-eat toys such as Kongs. Maintaining the mental and emotional health of the animals in our care while they await their new homes is top priority. We have always had a steady supply of Kongs on hand to help with this. However, over the years, our animals’ chewing habits have taken their toll on our supply. The Kong Toy Grant from the Petfinder Foundation has helped to replace a large portion of our Kong supply, which has enabled us to keep our enrichment program on track.

How many pets did this grant help?

59 (from May 1 to July 13, 2018)

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

One of the dogs that the Kong Toy Grant has helped the most is a 1-year-old pointer mix named Festus. This handsome boy came to us six long weeks ago from an overcrowded shelter in an economically-challenged part of Mississippi via our southern transport program. Upon arrival, Festus struggled quite a bit to adapt to shelter life. He exhibited many stress-related behaviors such as barrier frustration, minor stereotypies, and stress-related diarrhea. We developed an enrichment plan for him that revolved around him getting daily office time, plenty of work on the agility equipment, and daily dog playgroups. This seemed to help, but there was something missing. We added a steady diet of meals consumed strictly from classic Kongs to his enrichment plan, and the positive effect it has had on reducing his stress levels has been nothing short of miraculous. His stress-related behaviors have all but disappeared and he seems much more content. Festus still patiently waits for his forever family. However, in the meantime, with the help of Kong products, we are able to maintain the mental and emotional well-being of this very active, extremely social, brilliant boy. Meet him: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/42128427

Tyson's Chance Animal Foundation: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kongs we received in our grant are used for daily kennel enrichment and for decompression when our dogs return from a field trip with volunteers.

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

We are a special-needs rescue with not only seniors and medical cases but also dogs with behavior and social challenges. Many of our dogs are with us for a longer period of time than many rescues, so offering daily enrichment and decompression aids helps support our dogs emotionally during their time with us while they are waiting for their forever families.

How many pets did this grant help?

40

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

Dom came to us at 9 months of age from the county shelter. We are not sure of his life before the shelter, but we do know that during his time there, he was attacked by another dog. Dom can be very shy and unsure of himself when meeting new people, and any loud noises in the kennel or excitement from the other dogs could cause him to become quite anxious. We found it was very comforting to him to have a Kong in his kennel at all times. If he started to become nervous he would immediately take the Kong in his mouth and gently chew to soothe himself. We made sure Dom was never without one of his trusty Kongs! We are happy to report that three weeks ago Dom went to live with his foster family and is loving life in a home. One of the tools his foster family has used to help Dom adjust to home life is Kongs.

Ponca City Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Kongs were used for enrichment items. The dogs love them!

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

Since we are no-kill facility, we house our animals for longer periods of time than other locations. Providing enrichment items allows our animals to remain mentally healthy as they wait for forever homes!

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Brody (first three photos) is our handsome 4-year-old French mastiff. He was rescued six months ago from our local Animal Control and has been looking for the right home to call his own. He loves people, and toys are his favorite! We instantly knew that a Kong toy would be a hit for him, and he didn’t disappoint. Since he loves toys, especially ones that require him to work for a prize, a Kong was perfect for him as he knew right away that if he worked at it he would get some yummy treats. Brody now gets a Kong toy every day as part of his enrichment, and if we happen to miss one in his group of toys, he sure lets us know! 🙂 As Brody continues to wait for that forever home, Kong toys have helped keep him active and mentally healthy, which in a shelter setting can be difficult. We are beyond grateful for the Kong Product Grant, especially since so many of our dogs are benefiting from such a great product. Brody is still waiting for his forever home. Meet him: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/40061869

Also pictured is our girl Athena (fourth photo). Rescued from a rural shelter in Kansas, Athena was almost hairless and severely underweight. She was marked for euthanasia, but we were able to save her. It took four months to get her healthy and, as you can tell, she turned into a gorgeous girl. Athena has been adopted but she enjoyed having a Kong toy as one of the toys she would get every day. She especially enjoyed getting a toy as a surprise after her walks!

Animal Aid for Vermilion Area: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong products we received were brought to the facility that we use for boarding to give to the dogs while they were confined to the kennels.

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

The products gave the dogs something to do while they were bored in the kennels. The Kongs kept them occupied, which kept them from being restless and destructive.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

In December 2017, southern Louisiana was experiencing a cold front that brought the temperatures down to single digits. The local animal shelter was housing dogs outside during this time. We were able to partner with a few local boarding facilities to bring the dogs out of the cold. Some of these dogs have been adopted, but some are still waiting for their forever families seven months later. Chevis is one of those dogs. He has a lot going against him: his appearance, his size, his color, his health. Chevis is a terrific dog who enjoys the company of everyone — kids, adults, and other dogs. But he is a large, black bully-looking dog with heartworm, which causes him to get overlooked at adoption events, sending him back to the boarding facility. Chevis slowly walks back into his kennel, almost defeated-looking. But he gets very excited when his frozen peanut-butter Kong is handed to him to help him pass the time. More information on Chevis can be found at http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/40994212

Crossroads Animal Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The KONG toys we received were used to help enhance the quality of our rescue pets’ lives. Every morning, we make sure that each of our rescue dogs is accompanied by his or her very own KONG toy filled with treats. We use the toys to make the pets happier, keep them occupied, and ease their anxiety while they await their forever homes.

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

Our rescue pets are ever so thankful for this grant. The KONG toys we received give our pets the extra perk of excitement and happiness they need to get through the often long and lonely journey of awaiting adoption. When some of our rescue pets come to us with nowhere else to go, they tend to get really anxious, and KONG toys help calm their anxiety by giving them something to play with and a sense of security. The KONG toys have given our pets something fun to focus on aside from all the changes they have endured when becoming part of our rescue. Our pets are happier with KONG toys.

How many pets did this grant help?

25

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

Our staff went out to feed a few of our rescue dogs one morning and noticed that there was an extra pup that we did not put there. It turned out that this sweet pup’s owner had dropped her off in our pen without our knowledge. We are glad that she is healthy and that our dogs welcomed her unexpected arrival. Surprise (first photo) is a beautiful Australian cattle dog/blue heeler mix who is still up for adoption. She has enjoyed playing with her newfound friends and their new KONG toys. Meet her: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/42043957

Sadie (second photo) is currently living as our office dog and loves the attention she gets from everyone. She is around 8 years old and has been with us since May of 2017. She has Cushing’s disease, which is caused by a tumor on her adrenal gland. The tumor causes Sadie to have a large belly, which has recently made it nearly impossible for her to go up or down stairs; otherwise, she has no problem getting around. For Sadie, this disease causes her to have increased thirst, hair loss, and more frequent urination. Her symptoms are well-managed with a few medications, but she will not recover from the disease. Despite the Cushing’s, she lives a comfortable life and loves to lie around the office with her toys. Meet her: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38199511

National Mill Dog Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toys were stuffed with peanut butter and used to provide sensory enrichment experience to our dogs during quiet time in their kennels. Our dogs have had no exposure to toys and we love to use KONGs to facilitate a positive interaction with humans and their environment.

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

We enhanced their quiet time and training programs by providing a long-lasting toy that resulted in mental stimulation and a satisfying independent activity. We didn’t have to allocate funds for this purpose due to having this generous grant of high-end toys.

How many pets did this grant help?

We usually have 100+ dogs at our kennel. All who were able to enjoy the KONGs were provided with a toy. The toys are washed and reused in our sensory enrichment program.

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

We recently rescued eleven 10-month-old husky puppies destined for euthanasia at a puppy mill. They arrived at our kennel scared and worried, displaying typical behavior of retreating from humans, such as hiding in corners and avoiding eye contact. We filled the KONG toys with peanut butter and our rehabilitation staff used this as an engagement activity to build trust and provide a positive interaction. To our joy, the puppies approached the toys and eventually starting sniffing and licking the peanut butter. We intend to continue to use the KONGs as a core part of our rehabilitation of puppy-mill survivors.

Imminent Danger German Shepherd Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The product was used to assist in enriching the lives of the dogs who are with our rescue indefinitely.

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

This grant helped our organization by affording us the ability to put funds previously earmarked for toys towards medical bills. The grant helped the dogs in our care by giving them additional stimulation and something extra to play with.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Liam is a permanent member of our rescue family. He was brought into the rescue a few years ago from a neglectful situation. Liam is a very dominant male, and though he’s not aggressive, he needs constant reminding of where his place is in the pack. An extremely experienced handler and long adjustment period (since he doesn’t do well with change) would be required for Liam to be adopted. Liam is finally comfortable in his environment and we feel this is the best place for him to live out his days. For a dog with this personality, mental and physical stimulation is critical, and this grant has assisted in providing Liam with both. As you can see in the picture, he loves the Kong.

Forever Friends Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The KONG toys were used to help train, teach how to share, and provide comfort to many of our rescue dogs.

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

Giving the dogs/puppies something to call their own; giving them comfort; keeping them occupied for lengthy periods of time. And the KONGs are toys they cannot destroy!

How many pets did this grant help?

28

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

Pepe (first photo) is one of our boys who came to us at just 6 weeks old. For some reason, he never came around like his siblings did. He was always frightful and afraid of everything. Because of that, he received special attention from his foster mom. We have tried placing him, but he would have such anxiety that he would always get returned. He is afraid of many things, even some toys. We had an old KONG that had seen better days, and foster mom would put yummy stuff in it and Pepe would hang on to it and he would let go of his fears while licking for the goodies inside. So when he got his new one, he was one happy boy! For him, the KONG toy means much more than just something to play with!

Ruff House Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the Kongs both at our thrift store to generate donations and at our kennel for our pups to play with while waiting for their furever homes!

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

Helping raise money to save more lives, as well as providing stimulation and playtime in the kennel

How many pets did this grant help?

Over 20!

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

Jackie loved her Kong so much, she took it to her fur-ever home! So did Finn!

Helping Animals Lost and Orphaned-HALO: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The toys were used with our adoptable dogs.

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

This helped our adoptable dogs with enrichment.

How many pets did this grant help?

5

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

Hi! I’m Oreo. I am a small Staffordshire terrier and weigh about 30 lbs. Despite my size, I am full of energy and very athletic. I love to go running every morning, play ball, and play with other dogs. When I came to HALO, I was very anxious and frustrated. You see, I am barely a year old, but I’ve already had babies. I was brought into a vet clinic because of complications. The vet took great care of me, but my owners couldn’t pay the bill and surrendered me. Sadly, I lived at the vet clinic for almost three months. I developed stereotypical behavior (I chase my tail) as a way to cope with living in the small cage in the clinic. I became cage-reactive and the vet considered euthanasia. Thankfully, many people at the clinic were in love with me and ask HALO to take me.

I have lived with HALO for several months. No, I am not perfect and still chase my tail when I get frustrated, but I am the sweetest girl around. I love to cuddle in bed and on the couch with my HALO person and I give great kisses. I am vocal when I don’t get my way, I don’t like to share my toys, and I keep everyone on their toes. I love to go on car rides, and I’m actually an excellent passenger. I love to chew on my Kong toy! At this time, I would not do well with kids or cats. I am a dominant dog and, although I play with other dogs, it would be best to be the only dog in the house. If you are an active person but love to hang out on the couch, I am your girl! Please consider giving me a forever home and I give you forever kisses! Meet Oreo: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41297394

Benton-Franklin Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Our shelter received a shipment of new Kong toys worth approximately $400.

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

As a receiving shelter for dogs, we focus on enrichment since we want a dog’s stay to be as comfortable as possible. Our supply of Kongs had been very well used, and we were in the process of weeding many out due to wear and tear. This grant replenished our stock and — thanks to your generosity — twice-daily Kong enrichment sessions can go on without interruption! Thanks, Petfinder Foundation and Kong!

How many pets did this grant help?

This is a gift that will give over and over again to hundreds of dogs! But an average of 30 dogs benefit twice a day.

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

Sweet 2-year-old Angie went home in late March 2018 after being in our program for six months. She had been waiting for the perfect family, and finally they arrived to take her home. The family had to be one that would understand and appreciate her lovely hound-voice, which she used constantly! Happily, they love her and her singing — and she loves the resident cat as well. Everything worked out just as it should! For Angie, daily enrichment was critical to keeping her happy and balanced during her stay with us. She looked forward with great anticipation to her two daily rounds of goody-filled Kongs!

Fat Heads Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received the KONG toy grant.

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

This grant helped 100 dogs in our program have KONGs in their kennels to keep them occupied.

How many pets did this grant help?

100

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

We stuff and freeze to allow maximum activity time. Radar is a high-energy pittie who required a lot of exercise and crate toys. He loved his stuffed Kongs! He has now found his forever home!

Animal Protection Society of Caswell County: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Kongs are used for enhancement of the dogs staying at the shelter and also are given out with the adoptions to help the dogs adjust in their new home and to promote the product to the new owner.

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

The Kongs are given out to the dogs at the shelter every day. They are such durable products that they can be used over and over again. They are also easy to sanitize.

How many pets did this grant help?

100

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

The first three pictures are of adoptions and the fourth picture is of shelter dogs playing with their Kongs.

Empire Animal Rescue Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toys were given to fosters to use with their foster dogs as they wait for a family to adopt them into a forever home.

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

The availability of the Kong items helps provide our fosters with a way to engage with their foster pups and also helps to stimulate the dogs and keep them busy when their foster people are not able to be with the pet throughout the day. Inserting treats such as peanut butter into the Kong helps keep the dogs content and helps reduce their stress during the periods when they are not in direct contact with their fosters.

How many pets did this grant help?

30+ pups have gone through the foster homes that were provided with the Kong toys that we received as a part of this grant. They will continue to benefit our pups throughout the years since they are such a wonderfully durable dog toy.

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

Buttons and Hamlet both had a rough start in life and haven’t had the luxury of having toys available to play with. They are just getting used to the idea that they are now able to play and enjoy their new life that all dogs should have the opportunity to live. No longer will they worry if they will have food or a safe place to lay their heads at night. Buttons is a little guy but his favorite toy became the Kong bone — which was quite large for his little body, but he just wouldn’t give it up. When offered other toys, he immediately went back to the Kong bone every time. It was so nice to see his tail wagging as he chewed away happily. His foster mom claims he was smiling, and we are sure that, if Buttons could talk, he would shout out a big “thank you!” for his new toy. EARS is very appreciative of your amazing support of our organization’s dogs and puppies as we provide them with care, love and temporary homes as they await their forever families.

Rescue Animals in Need: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong products were given to our foster homes to use for the dogs in our rescue as enrichment and for training and play.

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

We have seen improved relaxation when they are in their crates and reduced anxiety during the foster process and at events.

How many pets did this grant help?

So far, 10! And hopefully many more to come.

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

Hendrix (first photo) is a 3.5-month-old male boxer/pittie mix that RAIN picked up from a municipal shelter when they called for a rescue. He was completely bald with Demodex and massive skin and ear infections. Hendrix has been recovering in a foster home since then and has begun opening up and playing with toys. And having a treat-filled Kong with him in his crate has helped distract him, and as a result, reduce the scratching caused by his itches. Thank you so much!

Meatloaf (second photo) was hit by a car and brought into a municipal shelter. He’d a pretty tough life: He was emaciated and had a massive skin infection, mange, wounds from the car accident, and double ear infections. The 1-year-old pittie is now fully vetted, heartworm-negative, and ready for a new home. He is crate- and housetrained and good with cats, dogs, and kids. He is working on basic obedience and leash manners. Meet him: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41231193

Animal Care Centers of NYC: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong products were used by ACC’s Canine Enrichment Team for in-kennel enrichment of NYC’s shelter dogs.

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

Kongs are one of the first items we turned to as we were developing our in-kennel enrichment program, and they remain a constant presence in our weekly enrichment schedule. We make hundreds of Kongs each week in our three care centers. They are filled with a variety of goodies; we then freeze them and hand them out to the dogs in our care to help keep them engaged with their environment, physically and mentally stimulated, and having fun while eating. The donated Kong products have been immensely helpful as we seek to meet the behavioral needs of hundreds of dogs each week in a high-stress environment where dogs spend significant amounts of time in their kennels.

How many pets did this grant help?

600

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

King Kubiak came to Manhattan ACC after his homeless owner had paid for him to be in boarding for four months, only surrendering him when she had no other options left. He has now been at ACC since the 6th of March, 2018, and we have discovered that he really loves his Kongs! When King Kubiak is in his kennel, he often whines and shows anxious behaviors, but when he sees a Kong, that anxiety changes immediately to excitement! He hops up on the kennel door while he waits for it to be opened, then in goes the Kong and he is a happy boy for long periods of time. First he goes for the frozen peanut butter and stuffing, but once that is done, he will chew and chew, and finally start nosing it around the kennel for a little extra play. The enrichment provided by the Kongs improves his quality of life so much, and he is just one in a long list of other dogs whose ears perk up and lips are licked at the sight of a Kong.

Cherished Cats Rescue Alliance: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

KONG toys were used for cats at our cat cafe, The Scratching Post.

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

The toys introduced some new, stimulating options for the cats to play with.

How many pets did this grant help?

We’ll keep the toys at the cafe as long as they last, so 12 so far, but there will be more!

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

Radar is a petite gal initially estimated to be about a year old, but who, we now suspect, may be an older cat. Radar likes to sleep and get treats, but generally had not been very playful … until she got her paws on a KONG Cat Scrattles Mouse (that’s her playing with it in the first photo). The Scratching Post is currently partnered with another rescue in our area, Animal Resource Center, so she Radar be found on their Petfinder account here: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/40735286

Fox Valley Humane Association: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The KONG toys were used for our Enrichment Program. They are continuously distributed throughout the shelter for our dogs to play with each day and to our foster families to help keep their animals at home distracted and calm while in their kennels. Our volunteers come in weekly or every other week depending on how fast the dogs in the shelters use them. The KONG toys are filled with dog food, then peanut butter on top, and wrapped in plastic and stacked in our freezers to make sure the distraction and treat last longer (fourth photo).

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

It has helped us get our Enrichment Program off the ground. We were given one other grant from the Petfinder Foundation and, thanks to this one, we were able to focus that money on other items for the program rather than toys. It also helped increase our number of available KONG toys to a place where we don’t have to constantly worry about running out for the animals in our shelter and in our foster homes. The dogs in the kennel spend more time relaxing and playing with their toys than constantly barking and pacing or spinning.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant helps more than 30 pets per day.

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

Elliot (first photo) is a Basenji pup who came into our care at 10 weeks old and has recently been adopted. He was surrendered to the shelter and was placed on an extended hold due to some owner issues. While he was in our care, he had extremely high energy. To help keep him distracted and his foster family sane, Elliot was sent home with a few of the smaller KONG toys awarded to the shelter by this grant. The foster family said they were wonderful for keeping him busy and happy while he adjusted to his new home.

Hattie (second photo) is still available for adoption (meet her: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39785074). She has been with us since this fall and, before finding a foster home, she often got to sit behind the reception desk and spend time with staff members to get her out of the kennels. Hattie is very picky about her dog friends, so to keep her distracted she would be given KONG toys during busy hours to make sure she didn’t bark or get stressed by the other dogs that would walk past the gate or the front desk. These toys kept her distracted and helped show families coming in how relaxed she was and how good she was when focusing her energy on something else. After two weeks, she was able to find her foster family, who still use KONG toys to help her relax.

Danny (third photo) is another one of our friends who was just adopted this past weekend! Danny had been in a foster home for the past three months while going through heartworm treatment. Since Danny was on exercise restriction and couldn’t do much playing, we sent his foster family home with KONG treats, and he LOVED them! They used them almost every day as a treat or a kennel distraction to help him stay calm rather than worrying about his heart racing and hurting his treatment.

2nd Chance Animal Rescue of Richmond: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The KONG toys are used to help keep the dogs at the rescue mentally and physically active while they are in their kennels. We use them as treats after they have been out on their walks. We have also used them to help keep them busy if they cannot go outside for long due to the bad weather.

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

This grant of KONG toys has really helped the dogs be more approachable to people who come in to look at them. They seem calmer and happier and not as jumpy.

How many pets did this grant help?

15 dogs so far

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

Joe (first photo) was a shepherd-mix dog whom we rescued from a local [open-admission] shelter. He was with us for a couple of months before he was adopted but was soon brought back due to not working well with the family. After he was returned to us we noticed he started becoming more and more anxious and started spinning. We tried different interactive toys, but after five minutes, he was done with them and back to spinning. After we received this grant we gave him the biggest KONG toy and stuffed it with treats, and later froze peanut butter and even chicken broth in it. He LOVED it! It would keep him busy for a while and he really slowed down on his spinning. Because of this, he had a better kennel presence and was adopted by an amazing family. He is the king of the house and has several acres to run and play. This grant truly gave him a 2nd Chance at a better life.

Jelly's Place: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received a shipment of Kong toys. They were given to the dogs to provide hours or entertainment.

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

Our dogs are in kennels and dog runs during the day. Aside from being walked by volunteers, they require playtime and entertainment to keep their minds active and healthy. The Kongs were given to the dogs at our shelter.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

Mia is a very sweet and friendly gray-and-white female pit bull terrier around 3 years old. She is crate-trained, spayed, microchipped, playful, and she gets along well with other dogs and kids. She loves belly rubs and showing you her belly. She loved playing with the Kongs, and started a collection of her own. She likes to throw them in the air and then catch them. Mia has been adopted to a loving family.

Cooper's Chance Animal Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

KONG product was used for our Pawsitive Beginnings Puppy Rehab program to help our abandoned puppies socialize, train and build confidence to be adoptable. We use them as interactive toys and training treats.

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

The KONG toys help us to interact with scared puppies, gain their trust and help them to be confident, and eventually adoptable!

How many pets did this grant help?

25

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

Riley was rescued from an abandoned building. All alone, and only 12 weeks old, she was frightened and confused. Her first weeks of life were spent on her own, terrified of people, so we worked for several weeks to gain her trust. Using a peanut butter-stuffed KONG as a training tool, she learned to trust and would eventually take the KONG from our hand. We are happy to report that she has been adopted, and her favorite toy is still a KONG!

Valley Animal Haven: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We use the donation of KONG toys in our kennels on a daily basis.

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

This donation has made a tremendous difference in the lives of our shelter animals. We have found that providing them with durable toys that can also be used as enrichment tools with treats or peanut butter has an immeasurable impact on the behavior of animals who are housed in kennels. The KONG toys provide them with hours of mental stimulation and enjoyment which, in turn, helps alleviate the amount of stress that comes with living in a shelter environment. We especially appreciate the durability of KONG toys, as they hold up under constant use much better than any other brand that we have tried.

How many pets did this grant help?

We thoroughly disinfect and sanitize all toys daily. Since the KONG toys are virtually indestructible, they can provide stimulation and exercise for literally hundreds of animals in our care.

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

Upon receipt of the shipment of toys provided through the grant, we presented Duncan with one of the large toys. He was thrilled and played with it non-stop for hours. He is a large, and very strong, dog and was able to demolish the first two that we gave him but he has calmed down now and enjoys playing with his KONG toys rather than destroying them. They have made an incredible difference in Duncan and have helped provide an outlet for his high energy. He looks forward to his clean, freshly treat-filled toy every morning after his breakfast. Meet Duncan: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/40851375

Bottle Babies Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Kongs (and Kong cat toys) were distributed to our foster families who are taking care of our puppies, dogs, kittens, and cats in their homes for entertainment and enrichment. They were also utilized in crates during rescue and transport from the South to our state’s rescue, to aid in relieving some of the stress caused by transport.

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

Being an in-home foster organization, it’s important to us to keep our rescue babies entertained, enriched, and occupied. One of our goals is to be able to adopt out mentally stimulated and trainable puppies to our adopters. A stimulated puppy/kitten is well-rounded and more easily trainable, which, in the long run, helps to ensure FOREVER placement in their new homes. Thank you again, KONG and Petfinder Foundation, for helping us help our babies!

How many pets did this grant help?

40+

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

“Our foster dogs use the new Kongs all the time. The pups have very sharp teeth and love to chew. The Kong toys keep them occupied and can stand against their strong mouths! We had bones and other chewies for them too, but they were messy, and not healthy for them to have. That’s one of my favorite things about Kongs: They do not come apart and leave little bits everywhere. The dogs are always so excited when they see us reaching for the Kongs in the cupboard.” — Brooke, Bottle Babies Rescue foster mom

“Kongs are great for crate training. So strong, I don’t have to worry about my foster pups chewing them apart. Pop a treat inside and keep them interested longer. Kongs distract my teething puppies from chewing on ‘non-chewable’ items/things. So glad these were donated to our rescue puppies — they LOVE them!” — Michelle, Bottle Babies Rescue foster mom

Somerset Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant was for nine Kong toys to be used within the shelter.

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

This grant gave us supplies to be used in our dog-enrichment program. During the winter months here in Maine, it is too cold to let the dogs outside for very long. Therefore they can get very bored and a little “kennel crazy” during these months. The Kong toys help to keep them occupied for a few hours. We all know that when there is quiet in the dog room, the Kong toys are being used! Thank you!

How many pets did this grant help?

unlimited amount

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

One of the dogs we had here was a 6-year-old female hound named Lady Bird. We believe she was kept as a hunting dog and only lived outside her whole life. Therefore she is not well-trained or housebroken. She is also very vocal and gets overlooked by potential adopters because she is very loud as soon as they come into the dog room to look at what we have available. We’ve started trying to distract her with a Kong toy during our busy time with customers so that she cannot get so overexcited. So far it is working and she has a couple of interested families. We are crossing our fingers that she will have a new home this week! Meet Lady Bird: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39513123

The Broome County Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong products that we received are being used to help with enrichment of our shelter dogs.

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

We currently have the ability to house close to 70 dogs, and by having the Kongs available, we can stuff them with food that assists with mental stimulation and encourages the dogs to chew appropriately.

How many pets did this grant help?

70

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

Mouse is a hound mix who loves to use his nose to hunt for treats! The large Kongs work great for him to utilize his nose skills and work for his favorite treats while being able to chew safely on the material! Meet Mouse: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/40762837

Cenla Alliance for Animals: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Chew toys for our rescue dogs in our shelter

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

We have an estimated 60 dogs at our shelter, not including the dogs we have additionally in foster homes. The dogs at the shelter rarely benefit from toys because many toys just do not hold up, leaving them without toys to chew during the day. KONG toys are chew toys that hold up and allow our dogs to have a lasting opportunity to enjoy chew toys every day instead of being without or having toys fall apart, putting them in danger. We received 10 KONG toys in various sizes and our dogs love them. It allows for hours of enjoyment, and when we put treats inside, it gives them a special enjoyment and a surprise of something good inside. It is difficult being in a kennel, and I think this gives them pleasure that they so deserve until the day they get to go to a home where we encourage the adopters to continue to use KONG toys due to their durability and the dogs’ enjoyment.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Betsy (first photo), Katrina (second photo), Joey (third photo), Sawyer, Beatrice, and Colt were rescues from [an open-admission] shelter in Alexandria, Louisiana. Betsy, Katrina, Beatrice and Colt are not currently listed on Petfinder because the rescue is treating them for heartworm; because of this, it is very important that they have toys because they are not allowed to be active during treatment and the toys give them something to enjoy since their activity level is regulated. They get good treats inside like peanut butter, nibbles of food and nice treats.

Betsy, a black Lab mix, was so very impressed with her new toy that she could not let it go! She licked, chewed and ate treats out of it a lot! All of our babies were grateful but I think Betsy was the most grateful to have a great toy to play with and chew during the day and night. Happy rescue pups make for a happy shelter life until the day of adoption.

Katrina, a German Shepherd, is a bit timid and shy, but once I gave her the Kong toy, she came alive and couldn’t wait to see the treats inside. When she is happy, we all are happy, because giving happiness to these precious animals is worth every second to see them not scared or afraid and showing happiness and joy.

Joey, a brindle pup, will soon be fully vaccinated and neutered and ready for adoption. He was also rescued from a high[-intake] shelter. The rescue makes sure he has four sets of vaccines to ensure that he is protected from viruses, and that he is neutered at the appropriate age recommended by the vet, so he is almost ready to get adopted in the next few weeks. The Kong toys have given this playful, happy boy some fun and also helped him when teething. He also enjoys treats inside and throwing the toy in the air while chasing it. Joey is very grateful to have had this toy to pass the time.

Sawyer, a yellow Lab mix, was recently adopted and, after time at our shelter, he is living an amazing new life in New England. He was so playful with his Kong toy that he would throw it up in the air and catch it and pounce on it during playtime.

Beatrice, a black-and-white pup, isn’t much of a chewer, but she LOVED getting treats in her KONG so she could lick away all the goodness inside. She would even carry it around, prancing to show off her Kong prize.

Colt, a black-and-white collie mix, loved all the treats the Kong toy had inside, and after getting his treat out, he loved to chew on the toy, passing the time away. The beautiful red color was easy for us to locate when he hid it so we could add more goodies inside. He likes stimulation, so this toy gave him the interaction he needed to help give him a challenge of getting what’s inside out of the Kong. He LOVED this toy!

It was very hard to get good pics because everyone was so excited to play and chew on them that they were not interested much in looking at the camera!

Animal Adoption Center: 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?

The Kong toys help keep our dogs mentally happy as they wait to find their forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

All 42 dogs that we can house at any given time.

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

The Kong toys are used to keep our dogs engaged and occupied while they’re in their kennels. The toys help all of our dogs. Pictured is Buck. “Shhhh … I’m making my New Year’s wish. When I open my eyes, my new family will be standing in front of me.” Buck’s hung around AAC long enough in 2017. He is ready for his furever family!

Second Chance Dog Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received a box of Kong toys to use for our dogs in foster care. These have been amazing to get because we haven’t been able to afford to buy any for adoption events or fosters since we operate on such a tight budget.

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

These Kong toys have been amazing for our dogs while they’re at adoption events or while crate-training in their foster homes. The Kong toys are so much easier to use than any other options because we can fill them with all sorts of fun recipes and freeze them and the dogs enjoy them so much!!!

How many pets did this grant help?

50

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

I have attached pictures of Dominic, who was enjoying the Kong toy while in his foster home. These have been extremely important on days when we’ve had bad weather (snow and below-freezing temperatures) to keep the dogs entertained when bored.

Pflugerville Animal Shelter: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

An assortment of Kongs.

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

Due to kennel stress, many of the dogs rip up any toys we give them. The Kongs make it so that they can have a toy and something to do in the kennel.

How many pets did this grant help?

These Kongs will help countless dogs.

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

Bobbo would tear up his beds and toys, so we gave him Kong. You could always see him in the kennel chewing on the Kong; it kept him focused and calm.

Wise Animal Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Kong products were given to our foster families to give to our rescues dogs while they wait for their forever homes.

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

The Kong toys helped our rescue dogs adjust to their new lives in foster homes. They were filled with treats and peanut butter and the dogs enjoyed them for hours. The Kongs kept them occupied and provided the simulation they needed in their time of need. Some of them were frozen to provide an extended time of play.

How many pets did this grant help?

6-10

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

Sandy (first photo) is a 3-month-old Lab mix who was rescued from a backyard breeder with six of her siblings. The breeder had sold three of their littermates, and kept Sandy and her remaining siblings outside all day. After they were rescued, Sandy was the last to be adopted and needed some comfort while she waited for the perfect home. The stuffed Kong provided her comfort while she waited. She has been adopted.

Boey (second photo) was our southern pup who was found wondering along the side of a highway. He was young and needed a lot of attention while he adjusted. The Kong provided him with simulation while he waited for his forever family.

Coco (third photo) was surrendered by her owner after four years along, with her sibling, Pebbles, an 8-year-old Morkie. The Kong provided Coco with some simulation while she waited for her forever home without her sister, who was adopted by another family.

Sonny (fourth photo) is our prize pup who was found wondering the streets of Philly with numerous injuries, including a head contusion. He loves his Kong so much that he spends hours playing with it trying to get the frozen treats filled with peanut butter out of it. He has been adopted.

Marion County Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Kong toys

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

It helps to keep the dogs occupied when they are in their kennels. People love to see them playing with them!

How many pets did this grant help?

We usually have 35 dogs at the shelter. As long as the Kongs don’t get chewed up, we pass them around.

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

Marley (first photo) is a sweet 5-year-old pit bull. Though she likes her Kong, she wants to be ladylike and have her toy held for her! Meet Marley: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37130482.

Remy (second photo) is a 10-year-old pit bull who has been at our shelter for about two years. She spent the first eight years of her life as a money-maker for her owners. After she quit having babies, she was dumped at our shelter. We had her spayed and had multiple mammary masses removed and she is happy and healthy now. She loves toys, especially tennis balls, but being an aggressive chewer — and after one big obstruction scare — she is very limited in what she is allowed. She absolutely loves her new Kong toy! Meet Remy: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/35292892

The third photo shows Tuesday, a 2-year-old pit bull/hound mix, making sure that her Kong doesn’t sneak off while she is having a rest. Meet Tuesday: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39166155

Zeus' Rescues: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong Harvey Disaster Product Grant was received in September 2017 after Hurricane Harvey. The Kongs (valued at $3,000) were a huge hit with all of our rescue dogs!

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

Zeus’ Rescues has a large outdoor play area for our rescues and they were able to enjoy playtime after a stressful transport. Some of the animals came from hoarding situations and had never had toys to play with! It was such a delight to be able to watch them learn how to play, fetch and retrieve and try to get the peanut butter out of the Kong! This donation allowed us to have interactive toys for the rescues and utilize all resources for their care while they were with us in rescue.

How many pets did this grant help?

60+ dogs

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

Zazu (first photo) came to us in pretty rough shape after the hurricane, as many of the dogs did. Zazu was matted and in need of a serious bath and grooming! After getting the medical attention and grooming, she was able to have play time in the outdoor yard. Chasing a petite Kong kept her occupied and exercised after a long and stressful transport. The Kong donation helped SO many of the dogs that came into our rescue after the hurricane.

The Humane Society and Animal Rescue of Muskegon County: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This grant provided us with five Kong toys.

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

We fill our Kongs with peanut butter and put them in the freezer before giving them to our dogs. We find it gives the dogs physical and mental enrichment for a few hours while they get the peanut butter out. They absolutely love Kong toys and enjoy the distraction from the busy shelter atmosphere.

How many pets did this grant help?

5

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

Kaid was with us for over one year. He was a large, deaf pit bull who loved to play and give kisses. He carried his Kong toy everywhere with him! We taught him sign language and were happy to be able to reward him with a Kong after a day of training. He finally found his home and now gets to enjoy Kong treats in his OWN house!

Belleville Area Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

BAHS received a donation of 10 Kongs. The Kongs are used for canine enrichment. We stuff the Kongs with treats or peanut butter and use them as treats for our pets as well as training prizes.

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

The Kongs help with mental stimulation and focus. We put the Kongs on a chain to create a moving feature that helps the larger dogs burn energy!

How many pets did this grant help?

The Kongs helped approximately 30 dogs in our care. The Kongs are washed between uses and benefit our entire pet population!

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

The Belleville Area Humane Society (BAHS) has launched an enrichment program led by adoption counselor Kurt Blaes. Kong Tuesdays are very important to our canine enrichment plan. We recently received 10 Kongs from the Petfinder Foundation, and our shelter pups couldn’t be happier! We stuff our new Kongs with food or peanut butter. We also elevate the Kongs on a chain to create a moving feature for the BAHS animals to enjoy their favorite treat. The Kong grant has helped several dogs at the BAHS pass their idle time with us, but two specifically stand out – Ravi (first photo) and Kit (second photo).

Ravi, a large red-and-white American bulldog mix, is learning how to play well with others, but has a lot of energy he needs to burn. Kurt started him on the new Kongs, which Ravi enjoys thoroughly. His behavior has changed tremendously thanks to the mental stimulation of the Kongs, the slow, positive socialization he has been getting with other dogs, and the physical stimulation from his treadmill training. Ravi is still with us and a few steps closer to finding his forever home — hopefully one that is filled with Kongs!

Kit has also benefited immensely since the arrival of the Kongs and has since been adopted! Kit is a high-energy Australian shepherd mix who did not do well in a stressful shelter environment. Although he had friends here, he was growing restless until he was introduced to Kong Tuesday. The Kongs helped Kit focus on something else and he started to show much better in his kennel. He barked less and became more relaxed in his space. A recent update from his adopter was that Kit was doing extremely well in his new home and Kongs are now part of his daily routine.

Thank you so much for the generous donation of these Kongs to the BAHS. They help our dogs have a quieter, more relaxed stay at the shelter with us while they wait for adoption. We have noticed reduced stress not just in Ravi and Kit, but the entire population.

Athenspets, Inc.: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kongs are used as mental enrichment for the dogs at Athens-Clarke County Animal Control (ACCAC).

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

Through publicity, relationships with rescue organizations, and funding for medical and spay/neuter programs, Athenspets has reduced the euthanasia rate of dogs at ACCAC significantly in the past two years, but keeping the dogs mentally stable and engaged while at the shelter has increasingly become a problem as stay times have increased. The Kongs provided by the Petfinder Foundation provide the needed stimulation for the dogs by acting as a “puzzle” from which they need to extract moist food or peanut butter and a toy with an irregular shape which they must learn to control.

How many pets did this grant help?

At least the 36 who were at the shelter when the Kongs arrived, but they will continue to help newly impounded dogs, so the final number will be many times that.

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

A few of the dogs helped have been Didi, who has since been rescued; June (www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38595940); and Beauty (www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38749886). From June’s Petfinder profile: “Mama June is still carrying milk. Hopefully, her puppies are safe, and she can put her puppy days behind her. It’s time for June to enjoy her youth — she’s only a year old herself! She was happy to leave her kennel and have some time for attention and treats. I tossed a ball for her, and she watched it roll and looked at me with an expression that said, ‘You’ve got to be kidding!’ She’s still carrying quite a load of milk, but that will change and June will return to her pre-puppy figure. She’s actually a petite girl. June wasn’t too sure about dogs in the adjoining interaction pen and wasn’t comfortable with those who were boisterous, but she was better with those who were calm. One thing is for sure: June likes being with people and is happy for any love you give her!”

Cinderella Pet Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong rubber chew toys were distributed to dogs who would benefit from the additional stimulation and distraction of the treat filled toys.

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

The dogs enjoyed discovering hidden treats inside the toys.It gave them something to keep their minds occupied with and the pleasure of having a toy that led to tasty treats.

How many pets did this grant help?

At least 30 dogs played with, and enjoyed, the Kong toys.

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

Babe is a special little lady who came to us covered in cactus and with a paw that had sloughed off down to the bone because someone had tied something so tightly around her ankle. For the first few weeks we soaked her leg every other day and changed the bandage while the antibiotics got the infection down so that the leg could be amputated. During this period, and during her recovery from her surgery, Babe enjoyed chewing on her Kong toys. She would spend long sessions licking the filling out of her Kong toys and chewing away until she recovered the hidden treats. Knowing how much she had suffered and how much pain she had been in, it was a joy to watch her be distracted and having a good time enjoying her Kong toys. Meet her: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39931655

Helotes Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the donated Kong toys as enrichment for our shelter dogs.

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

Even though we are mostly a foster-home-based rescue group, we do house a small number of kenneled dogs while they are waiting to be fostered or adopted. These dogs enjoy the environmental enrichment provided by Kong toys. It helps break up boredom and keeps them engaged.

How many pets did this grant help?

22

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

This grant helped us keep Cole, a large dog (first two photos), happy and entertained. Cole has brain damage and is blind in one eye and deaf in one ear. In spite of this, he is active and playful. He enjoys his treat-filled Kong toys greatly! Cole wasn’t the only one who enjoyed these toys. We’ve included pictures of other dogs who were equally fascinated. You can meet Cole here: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38646276

Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge, Inc.: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

To keep our dogs occupied during down time in their kennels.

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

Our goal at RBARI is to find permanent homes for all of our animals. A busy, calm, relaxed dog is a happy dog who shows well for adoptions. We use Kongs often at the shelter to keep our dogs occupied during their down time, when they are not out in the play yard, taking walks or attending a training session. A dog who shows well has a shorter stay at the shelter, thus making room for others. These Kongs, in addition to time out of the kennel (walks, training, playing) help reduce the level of anxiety and stress the dogs are under by providing positive, daily interaction. It sounds simple, but Kongs do improve the quality of the dog’s stay at the shelter. RBARI is able to rescue more dogs as we shorten the time each dog remains in the shelter.

How many pets did this grant help?

40

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

Confetti has been with RBARI since she was just a puppy. Sadly, in her younger months, Confetti did not get the socialization and training that she so needed. Shelter life can be tough at times for Confetti when all her friends leave for the day. Sadly, Confetti injured her leg and requires surgery, another setback in her journey. Her special time outside of the shelter is now limited, and we are very concerned that she will become depressed. Confetti has been enjoying her Kongs while she is recovering. It’s her favorite treat and keeps her mind occupied when she isn’t hanging out with her friends. Please follow Confetti’s journey on Instagram at @adoptconfetti and spread the word to help this beautiful girl finally find her forever home! Meet her: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38459414

Westie & Scottie Rescue Houston: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The KONGs were used with the dogs in their foster homes as they waited for forever homes. These particular toys were enjoyed by dogs who were in heartworm treatment and had to be kept on a limited-exercise program. They were also enjoyed during Hurricane Harvey to encourage safe and healthy play inside during the storm.

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

This grant provided our foster dogs with a safe alternative for an inside toy during the stormy weather during Hurricane Harvey and entertained foster dogs who were undergoing medical treatment. Westie and Scottie Rescue Houston took in 23 dogs during the month of September following Hurricane Harvey. These toys were utilized in the dogs’ isolation crates during their two-week quarantine period.

How many pets did this grant help?

54 so far

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

Leonardo and his two brothers, Michelangelo and Donatello, came into rescue when they were a few days old. They were raised in a loving and caring foster home. Despite many meet-and-greets, they have had a rough time finding their forever home. They are bouncy and loving when they are comfortable, but timid and shy at first. During Hurricane Harvey, the boys were limited on their outdoor time. The extreme rains washed away parts of the yard and compromised the fence in their foster home. In order to keep them safe, happy, and entertained, their foster mom utilized the donated KONGs for all three boys. Anyone with a puppy at home knows that a bored puppy is a destructive puppy. The pumpkin-filled KONGs held their attention when it was most critical. Leonardo, Donatello, and Michelangelo are all available for adoption. Meet them:
http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37466344
http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37466287
http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37466297

Canine Estates, Inc.: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong products were used to enhance the quality of our dog’s lives. A busy dog is a happy dog — especially dogs who suffer from attention or focus issues.

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

We have many pets who come in very anxious and have a hard time focusing on a day-to-day basis. Many of our fur kids come from less-than-desirable backgrounds. The Kong product gives them a “job” in order to help their anxiety levels. Many dogs feel more secure in the use of the Kong toys.

How many pets did this grant help?

4-5 dogs in our test group were helped with the use of this grant.

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

We have a dog named Tearah who has many social issues and has been available for adoption for almost two years. The Kong product gives us hope for Tearah. We are working hard on her skills. The Kong toys have helped her become calmer and more focused. Meet Tearah: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/34599565

Friends of the St. Joseph Animal Shelter, Inc.: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toy products were used for shelter-dog-enrichment to increase mental and physical stimulation for the dogs during their time in the shelter.

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

This grant helps us to further establish our dog-enrichment program created in 2015. Our goal is to provide all dogs with not only physical but also mental stimulation while they are in the shelter environment. The KONG toys are utilized by filling them with food and treats, freezing them, then distributing them to the dogs in the shelter. They help not only with mental stimulation but also to help increase adoptability of the shelter’s dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

16+ pets

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

Bongo is a 1-year-old brown-and-white pit bull mix who came into our shelter as a stray with owner identification. After we made several attempts to contact the owner, Bongo waited at the shelter to be adopted. Bongo is a very active dog who got tired of being at the shelter quickly, and would rather have been outside playing. By providing Bongo with the KONG toy each day, we saw a decrease in his stress levels, and after a month, Bongo found his forever home!

Helping Hands Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We were granted KONG products, which volunteers filled with treats, froze, and then handed out to dogs in their kennels.

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

The KONGs help us in a lot of ways! Of course they provide mental stimulation and something fun for the dogs to do while they’re in their kennels, but they are also an important way for level 1 volunteers (who haven’t yet been trained to get dogs out of their kennels) to feel involved and connected with the shelter pets. Plus, the public really enjoys seeing dogs playing with the KONGs and having fun. It helps show off some of their personalities and spunk!

How many pets did this grant help?

I would guess that at least 200 adoptable dogs have benefited from the donated KONGs so far, and many more will in the future!

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

Axel is currently our longest-term resident dog. When dogs are in the shelter environment for this long, it’s very important to provide various kinds of enrichment for them each day. A treat-filled KONG is one of these important enrichment tools for us! Check out Axel and a bunch of his buddies enjoying their KONGs in this video: http://bit.ly/2iw2bON Here is Axel’s Petfinder profile: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39374547

Rufus was one of our longest-term residents — a black Lab mix who had seizures and didn’t show well in his kennel because he was a bit reactive and had lots of energy. He showed off his fun and playful side when he got a KONG in his kennel, though! It also helped to burn off some of that extra energy of his. You can see Rufus and other shelter dogs loving the donated KONGs in this video: http://bit.ly/2yKL8fK Rufus has been adopted! He is pictured with his new mom and dad in the second photo.

I focused so much on making these videos that I failed to get some high-quality photos of dogs with the KONGs. If you’d like me try to get a good photo of Axel enjoying a KONG to feature him, please let me know and I’ll get on it! I’ve attached a few still shots from the videos that I thought were cute.

Forget Me Not Animal Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Kongs are a critical part of our arsenal for our foster animals. We take on many heavy chewers and dogs who need to be restricted due to medical treatment. These items are so essential. We give them to all our fosters routinely and often need replacements for heavy chewers or lost toys.

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

We utilized the KONG products for enrichment for our foster animals. We gave each foster dog a Kong product and our heartworm-positive dogs got two different ones to help with their restricted activities. These products are a lifesaver. They keep destructive behaviors to a minimum and allow for the development of directing to appropriate chew items.

How many pets did this grant help?

15

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

At Forget Me Not Animal Rescue, we have a soft spot for the dogs who need a little extra help — especially heartworm-positive dogs. These dogs, through no fault of their own, are sick. Their disease was entirely preventable but they find themselves with their lives truly at risk. Each year we help as many as our small rescue can and most come from our city kennel. This year, we took on our worst case ever. Sawyer (first photo) not only was heartworm-positive, he had a very advanced case, with an enlarged heart, impacts to his kidneys and he was obviously undernourished. But this guy took everything like a trooper: his trip to the cardiologists, several vets, a prolonged treatment period to lessen the impact of the medicine on his system and the always unfortunate but highly important exercise restriction.

As you can imagine, we were very worried that he wouldn’t pull through. But, on Oct. 10, 2017, we received the best news! He is now heartworm-FREE and healthy. He still will need check-ups and his kidneys, lungs and heart may have some residual impact, but this giant 3-year-old love bug can now find a home and have a family. And, at the end of the day, that’s what all the struggles are for: giving those chances.

Enrichment was a huge factor for this young 81-lb. guy, so Kong toys were critical tools! We can’t thank you enough for the grant and the toys. With the cost saving of not having to buy these items, we were able to pay for the cardiologist and give Sawyer his life back. Thank you! Meet Sawyer: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39630549

Paws Ranch Rescue & Animal Sanctuary: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

100 Kong toys for shelter dogs affected by the Harvey disaster.

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

Every pet that has come through the shelter since we got the Kong toys has received one. They all love the Kong toys and the treats within. It is a great enrichment tool and very easy to implement into our daily routine.

How many pets did this grant help?

So far every pet that has come through our shelter has gotten their very own Kong toy — 35 so far.

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

Lucky (first photo) is a 3-year-old Dalmatian mix. He was rescued from an over-crowded shelter and is Lucky to be alive. He loves his new Kong toy. Lucky is still waiting for his “furever” home. His Petfinder posting is http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36849109. Thank you, Kong and Petfinder Foundation!

York County SPCA: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received the Kong grant that provided us with Kongs valued at $349.75. This product is used in our kennel for enrichment of our shelter canines.

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

Our organization did not have to spend any of the funds from our operating budget to provide the products needed for our shelter canines. Kongs allow our dogs to be treated to toys that we sometimes fill with food so that they are appropriately occupied in between the walks from our volunteers. Our canine population often has to spend more time in the kennel than some of them are used to and the toys allow them to use their down time to their advantage.

How many pets did this grant help?

There were approximately 28 Kongs delivered to us, which were given to 28 different dogs. These Kongs are cleaned daily, which allows us to distribute them to other canines. Overall, this product grant will benefit every dog in our kennel over time.

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

Introducing Jasper! This 2-year-old Lab/shepherd (first photo) was surrendered when his family moved. This big, handsome boy doesn’t hold grudges, though, and is excited to start a new life with some lucky family! Jasper is a happy, fun-loving boy who is looking for an active, fun-loving family to join. No couch potatoes need apply — this boy is looking to explore the world and have some fun! Jasper would love to attend obedience or agility class with his new family. Being smart, food-motivated and eager to please, Jasper would surely be a star student! Thanks to the Kongs awarded to us from the Petfinder Foundation, Jasper is able to work off some energy with responsible chewing! Jasper has gotten along with the dogs he has met so far, but cats are unknown at this time. Meet Jasper: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39362011

We can’t believe it, but Yellow Jasper (second photo) is STILL looking for a loving family! Fun, eager-to-please boy seeks fun, active family! Thanks to the Kongs awarded to us by the Petfinder Foundation, Jasper is able to play and be kept occupied while he is waiting for his family. At only 6-12 months old, Jasper was surrendered because the landlord did not allow pets. Jasper has reportedly been around children ages 7+ and did very well. Jasper has gotten along with the other dogs he has met, but cats are unknown at this time. Jasper is an energetic young guy looking for an active family that will help him experience all the world has to offer! A big fan of the kiddie pools at the shelter, Jasper is even already crate trained! Jasper is ready to leave the kennel behind and enjoy life as a beloved family member!

The mom of this wonderful pup (third photo) was a transfer from another shelter that did not have the resources and space to separate their canine population. Mom came to us pregnant. She had a litter of fluff-ball border-collie-mix puppies, plus one oddball that we are preparing to place on our adoption floor. Thanks to the help of our wonderful staff, fosters, and volunteers, we are able to care for the mom and puppies and provide them with our best until loving homes can be found. The Kongs awarded to us by the Petfinder Foundation are certainly helpful to keep the curious puppies occupied, as they are always ready to chew!

Teller County Regional Animal Shelter (TCRAS): KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Kong toys were used for our enrichment program and at night when the staff leaves for the day. We are looking forward to utilizing the Kong toys during the winter months when it is too cold for the dogs to be outside!

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

The Kong Toy Grant helped our shelter guests by providing enrichment for our more active breeds and for all guests at night when our staff leaves for the day.

How many pets did this grant help?

16

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

Sampson (first two photos) was a transfer from Texas who had a rough start to his young life. He was terrified of people, toys and new environments. Our staff and volunteers worked daily to increase his confidence, and each day brought his tail higher and more interest in his toys. He began to look forward to his Kong treat and we are happy to report that a lovely family adopted him and he now has his very own little girl to go on adventures with!!

Todd (third photo) was brought in as a stray after his person dumped him in the National Forest. It was apparent that he had an injury to his front leg. After examination, it was determined that this was an old break that did not heal properly and that treatment would include amputation in order to increase his quality of life. TCRAS gave this sweet boy his Kong toy to help distract him from the pain, both pre- and post-operation. We are thrilled to announce that the high-school boy who found him in the National Forest is now his forever person!!

Humane Society of Valdosta/Lowndes County: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Kong toys were given to our dogs in foster homes and boarding.

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

The toys were given to our animals as something to play with. Our goal is to make sure our dogs have plenty of mental stimulation and activity. The Kong toys are a great product to help us keep that goal.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

We sent three toys to our vet’s office that was boarding some of dogs until they found a new foster. Janie, Sea Waver and Cali were the first to play with them. Janie (first two photos) came to us injured and has now been transferred to another rescue that has access to a medical team for her.

Sea Waver (third photo) came to us as a stray who was found being attacked by a pack of dogs. He was at our vet for a few weeks recovering and once he was better he made it into a foster home! Unfortunately he wasn’t able to stay at his foster’s due to struggling with severe separation anxiety, and while he was in his kennel, he ended up hurting his face pretty bad. He went back to the vet and had to stay in boarding for a while until we were able to find him a foster. While in boarding, he was able to have his Kong toy to play with. The vet staff said his toy kept him busy and calm and helped him ease into a new medicine for his anxiety. Luckily we were able to find a stay-at-home wife to take him as a foster and he is doing great now! He is still hoping to find his furrever family soon. Meet Sea Waver: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39299672

Cali (fourth photo) also spent some time in boarding due to being too rough with her first foster siblings. During her stay, she was given a Kong toy and the vet staff said she also loved it. They filled it with treats and it was a great way to keep her busy! She has since found her furrever family and is doing great now!

Harbor Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Kong Toy Grant: In-kind donation of Kong products

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

Kongs are one way we help reduce kennel stress in dogs. Most dogs get a Kong at least a few times a week. We also use them for dogs who love to chew and puppies who are teething, and we use frozen Kongs for a nice cool down treat after playing outside.

How many pets did this grant help?

100

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

Tanya is a dog who loves to chew. She chews her bed, her toys, even herself. Giving her a daily Kong has helped curb this habit a little and has given Tanya something to do in her kennel. We will definitely be recommending Kongs to her adopter.

Saving Paws Animal Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received a donation of Kong toys. The dogs love them; we mix pumpkin and yogurt and freeze them.

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

This grant helped provide enrichment and also kept a couple occupied while they had to be kenneled.

How many pets did this grant help?

22

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

Milo has extreme kennel anxiety. Giving him Kongs with different treats inside helped him keep his mind off of having to be in a kennel. Milo is now in a foster-to-adopt home.

Watertown Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Watertown Humane Society was awarded the Kong Toy Grant. Our shelter received a grant valued at $208.95. We used these products to provide enrichment and training to our dogs awaiting their forever homes. Our largest use for them is to freeze peanut butter inside them. Every night each dog receives one to work on for the night. It keeps their minds busy and provides comfort and entertainment for our furry friends.

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

This grant allowed us to “free up” funds in our general account, which then where used for other needs of the animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

20+ and it will continue to help more as the years go on.

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

The photo provided is of our friend Parker. Parker was very nervous being here and not in his home. Along with all of these big dogs barking and all the strangers, Parker was pretty stressed. We had Parker come hang out with us in our office and “work” on his frozen peanut butter kong. As you can see he was very comfortable and relaxed. Parker has since found his forever home.

Molly's Mutts Animal Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The KONG toys were used to stimulate the dogs in our care and keep them from being stagnant. The toys also helped to distract the dogs and lowered the instances of food aggression in the kennels! The KONG toys are virtually indestructible and allowed the dogs to take any chewing needs out on them without ruining them. They also gave them something to focus on and enjoy.

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

This grant provided much-needed stimulation to the lives of the dogs in our care. Some of the dogs in our care have been with us for 6+ months, and with the help of the KONG toys, they were able to get some frustrations out by chewing on the toys. There have been fewer instances of food aggression and kennel aggression, since the toys provide a distraction and give them something else to focus on!

How many pets did this grant help?

50

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

Arrow has been with us for nearly seven months now and, due to his breed (border collie mix), Arrow quickly became what we call “kennel crazy.” He would pace his kennel, jump up the walls, bark incessantly, and had started biting when he felt uncomfortable. After giving Arrow a KONG toy that he could chase around and be as rough as he wanted with, we started to notice that Arrow was much calmer throughout the day and had even begun to lounge on his Kuranda bed, which he had not done during the day in quite a while. The KONG toy, paired with his outdoor playtime, seems to be just what Arrow needed to let out that pent-up energy and find some time to relax! Arrow is now in a home on a foster-to-adopt basis and his mom loves him very much!

Humane Society of Lincoln County, New Mexico: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Enrichment toys for Humane Society of Lincoln County, New Mexico

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

The toys have been used in several different ways; the most popular, of course, is peanut butter in the middle of the toy. Putting one of the Kong toys with peanut butter in a kennel with a rather large dog is not only safe for him to chew on but occupies the dog for a long time. Thank you for toys for our shelter animals. Because they are KONG toys, they will be around for a long time.

How many pets did this grant help?

All shelter animals

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

I have attached pictures of Cassie, a shelter employee, playing with Priscilla (first photo) and Oreo (second photo). Both dogs have been adopted.

Mutt Mesh Animal Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kongs were used to enrich the lives of the dogs under our care! Kongs were filled with peanut butter and dog food and frozen for treats. Some of these dogs have never had a treat or a toy before.

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

It gave them the opportunity to play with toys and enjoy life. Every night, the dogs go into crates to sleep. Now they all have a toy filled with treats to enjoy. We can’t give out the toys out in the open because some of our babies don’t know how to share because they’ve never had anything.

How many pets did this grant help?

40

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

Winston is no longer available for adoption because he is now living in a foster-to-adopt home. Once he is well, this family will adopt him. Winston was rescued from Bay City Animal Impound in Bay City, TX. Once he arrived, he began having horrible seizures. He couldn’t live in a crate or around other dogs because of his terrible seizure disorder. He would literally have seizures for 1.5 hours. Now that he’s under a veterinarian’s care and taking his meds, his seizures have decreased to five minutes long. He was living in my bathroom all alone for three months, only out for potty breaks and yard time when supervised. He was given a few Kong toys, which he played with constantly. We would put his wet dog food inside them and freeze them for hours of busy time and enjoyment. He went to sleep with his big Kong Goodie Bone every night. He had several Kong toys, but the Goodie Bone was his favorite!

Humane Society of Raleigh County: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Kongs were used for enrichment and mental stimulation of shelter dogs.

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

Enrichment has been a great added resource for our pets. The mental stimulation has been priceless and helped to keep them more healthy and adoptable.

How many pets did this grant help?

More than 100. We sterilize the Kongs and use them for different dogs each day.

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

Cody, Kanin, Skippy, and Zack are all long-term residents at the Humane Society of Raleigh County, meaning they’ve been at the shelter for 2-3 years. All four have quirks that make adoption difficult. These quirks make them unique. All four needed stimulation to keep from going kennel crazy. The Kongs have done just that. They give these four dogs something to do besides stare out of their kennel door. Instead of barking, jumping, and acting out, all four dogs now have something that is a stress reliever. Mental stimulation can wear out a dog much more quickly than physical activity; therefore, working to extract treats and frozen peanut butter from a Kong makes life in a kennel not so horrible. The dogs now have something to look forward to, something they enjoy — and that is a beautiful thing.

Meet Cody: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38289656
Meet Kanin: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39054544
Meet Skippy: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39054545
Meet Zack: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39054543

Max's Animal Rescue and Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

To stimulate dog minds to be active and play

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

We are a very rural shelter with no foot traffic, so anything that can bring some activity to these animals is very much appreciated!

How many pets did this grant help?

Several we received 5 Kong’s different sizes so about 40-50 different dogs played with them and are still playing with them.

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

Andy, as of today, is still up for adoption. Andy is a senior, 8-10 years old, who was dumped because he was old. He came here very sad, depressed and confused, constantly looking for someone or something. He has learned to love treats, toys (KONGs are his favorite), and leash walks. Thank you for putting a light back in his eyes by offering this grant. As you can see by his photo, he’s actually smiling. I believe his KONG brought that to him. Meet Andy: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38939060

Crossing Paths Animal Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received 20 Kong toys.

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

We are an organization that is dependent upon the generosity of donations, and which strives each and every day in hopes of making the days better and brighter for the rescues in our care. The Petfinder Foundation has provided the sunshine over our rescue, the stimulation, play and comfort that we, as a small organization, are all too often unable to provide. Our rescues range from chewers, teethers, barkers, and diggers, to those suffering separation anxiety and others who need weight-management solutions or simply stimulation to overcome boredom. These behaviors know no boundaries and do not exclude those found in shelters and rescues. Our puppies, our seniors and all of our rescues in between have a need for positive stimulation, challenging play, or simple comfort.

The Petfinder Foundation grant reaches beyond our immediate need for our rescues, as Kong toys have proven to be superior, long-lasting products that can offer many months of health and happiness for all sizes, ages, breeds and colors of rescues that cross our path. When Crossing Paths Animal Rescue sought assistance to make a difference in the lives of our rescues, the Petfinder Foundation brightened our rescues’ days by being the difference!

How many pets did this grant help?

At least 20 at a time, and many more rescues to come. Expectancy is 100+.

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

The Petfinder Foundation grant, which provided 20 Kong products for our organization, has made an immediate and positive impact on the lives of several of the rescues in our care — most notably Cindy. Cindy was pregnant when she was brought into rescue in September 2016. With her litter now long since adopted, she spent months waiting for a home of her own. But upon receiving her Kong toy, she quickly started to play and enjoy mental stimulation, returning her to her “inner puppy.” We are pleased to announce that, within days of getting her Kong, Cindy found her forever family!

United Doberman Rescue and Canine Castaways of Minnesota: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

For our rescued Dobermans waiting for homes

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

The Kongs gave our rescue Dobermans something stimulating to do.

How many pets did this grant help?

7

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

Aries has benefited from a Kong as it keeps him busy when his foster mom needs some quite time! Aries IS adoptable still! Aries is a purebred, 1-year-old male Doberman who was born in Russia. He has grown into a very handsome, athletic, strong and muscular young teenage Doberman. Due to a divorce, physical ability and a lack of time to train him properly, he was surrendered to rescue. Aries lived with a cat and a 3-year-old child. He loves to play ball and Frisbee and run side-by-side while his master is on a bike, running for miles. Aries will need a fully fenced yard and super-experienced dog person who understands the complex Doberman breed. Due to this boy’s strength and intelligence, he is not a good choice for the novice dog owner! Aries is looking forward to obedience training and working on his crating skills while in foster care. Aries is current on vaccinations, heartworm checked and on preventative, and microchipped. Meet Aries: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38808233

One Love Animal Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We were awarded several Kongs of various sizes.

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

We support all our fosters 100% in vetting and supplies. We feel it is necessary to give them several stimulating toys, and Kongs work perfectly for this. We stuff them with all sorts of goodies and the dogs have fun for hours!

How many pets did this grant help?

We currently have more than 75 dogs in our care.

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

Duke is a big, freckled fella who came into our care with several issues. He has a soft, elongated palate that was neglected by his previous owners, and as a result, his larynx is now on the verge of paralysis. We have done several thousand dollars worth of surgeries and he is now not able to chew on bones, so the Kongs work perfectly for him. He also suffers from some separation anxiety issues, so the licking is calming and therapeutic for him. Duke is still available at http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36135281.

Lucas County Pit Crew: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toys were distributed to dogs in foster care, with dogs on crate rest from surgeries as the top priority.

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

We had a mixed review with the products. Several of our dogs shredded the toys within minutes and several dogs absolutely loved them and played with them for extended periods of time.

How many pets did this grant help?

Eight dogs received the toys, and we just gave the remaining toys to two dogs who had surgery this week.

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

Delaney came to us from our local dog pound, as she as unable to walk or stand. Both of her ACL’s were so tight that they restricted the movement of her back legs. She had double ACL surgery and needed rest with therapy. Being a young dog, she struggled with being so restricted. Filling the Kong with tasty treats and holding it for her to lick during her therapy helped her get through the rough times. She now is enjoying frozen food and peanut butter in her Kong during crate time. Delaney is a sweet girl who is available for adoption. Meet her: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37869756

Second Chance Pet Adoptions: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received 10 Kongs.

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

This Kong grant has enriched our dogs’ lives, challenged their minds, and helped to relieve any stress and anxiety they might feel as they transition into our program and into family life. Additionally, because we did not have to spend money on toys, we were able to divert our funds into rescuing more animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant helps an unlimited number of dogs, as the Kongs are washable and reusable.

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

The dog in the attached photo, Mia, is a dog we rescued in May of 2017. Her leg was severely injured, the skin on her ribcage was flayed open, and she had gravel and cuts on her face. We believe she was probably hit by a car. We took her into our program and, in an effort to save her leg, we put a rod in her leg that restricts her mobility. Because she struggles to accept other dogs, she was not a good candidate for a foster home, so she stayed at the Adoption Center with the staff. But, as busy as we are, it’s not the most fun a dog can have, and she can get a little bored. Treats in a Kong are a big deal to Mia right now! We’re glad to have this supply for her, the other dogs in our program, and many more to come! Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for the generous gift and helping our dogs!

The Animal Refuge Center: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The KONG product grant was used for our dogs going through activity restriction after heartworm treatment or after surgery.

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

The donation of KONG toys was great for our dogs who needed activity restriction. Allowing the dogs to work on yummy canned food, peanut butter, or treats in a KONG certainly helps as an environmental enrichment aid for these dogs. Since dogs going through heartworm treatment need at least 10 weeks of activity restriction, this grant allowed them to avoid boredom. Dogs who get bored in the shelter can easily develop behavior problems that make it harder to find them a home. Thank you, KONG, for helping our dogs!

How many pets did this grant help?

Ten KONGs were provided, so 10 dogs are helped at a time.

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

Elwood (first and second photos) is a very active young dog. We took him in after Hurricane Matthew. He arrived at ARC testing positive for heartworm disease. Highly energetic dogs frequently develop complications during heartworm treatment since it is difficult to keep them calm. Fortunately, Elwood very much enjoyed his KONG toy. He most enjoyed having canned food stuffed in there, and freezing the toy allowed him to be occupied even longer! Elwood is still looking for his forever home. Meet Elwood: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37769007

Operation Kindness: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The in-kind donation of 25 Kong toys were given to our dogs in the shelter and they kept them when they got adopted.

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

Kong toys provide great stimulation for our dogs temporarily residing in the shelter. Although they get taken for walks several times a day, these toys are so helpful in training and fun time while they are in their enclosures.

How many pets did this grant help?

25

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

Garth, a German Shepherd mix, came to Operation Kindness with neurological problems that made him unable to walk properly. While in his kennel, he was still able to play, chew and stay engaged with his Kong toy as we were able to train him and get him a custom wheelchair! He has been adopted by a loving family!

Peak Lab Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Kongs for dogs in foster care.

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

Peak Lab Rescue provided Kong toys to dogs in our foster care to provide them with entertainment and stress relief while they are resting after surgeries. Kongs were also used for foster dogs who are learning to use a crate and dogs suffering from separation anxiety. Peak Lab Rescue also provided Kongs to dogs during transport from [open-admission] shelters to Peak Lab Rescue to relieve anxiety and provide entertainment while in the vehicle.

How many pets did this grant help?

27

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

Dottie (first photo) is pictured here enjoying her Kong. Dottie had severe mange and had a longer-than-usual stay in foster care. Perhaps that’s why her foster family ADOPTED HER! Tess (second photo) is pictured chewing her Kong while recovering from her spay surgery. Peaches (third photo) got her Kong while on transport from [an open-admission] shelter. From her Petfinder profile: “Peaches is a fantastic 25-lb., 4-month-old puppy with just the right amount of energy! She has just enough puppy energy to be fun, but overall is very calm for her age. She is a bit shy when you first meet her, but comes out of her shell quickly, especially if you have food and treats! She has picked up house training very well and does great with consistent outside breaks. She will go right into her crate if you toss a treat in and whines for a just a minute before settling in. She sleeps quietly in her crate at night and if she needs a bathroom break, she’ll let you know with a little whine. She LOVES toys, treats, walks, other dogs, and especially napping! She also met a cat and did great! Peaches enjoys stealing the occasional blanket off the couch, but is responding very well to correction, and this is really the only bad habit I’ve seen in her time here so far. She is just an excellent puppy and would love to become the newest member of your family!” She is available to adopt at http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38200239.

Panhandle Animal Welfare Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the KONG products for training and to help our dogs keep mentally active and happy.

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

This grant was extremely helpful in keeping our dogs happy and occupied while they are in their kennels. Our dogs spend most of their time in the kennels except when it’s time to play, and even then, the play time is at most 30 minutes. Our smaller dogs don’t get out that much either. They are inside the building and can see all the people passing by, which gets them agitated and excited. Being able to give them a KONG toy with food or peanut butter gives them a fun activity and keeps their minds stimulated. We noticed much happier dogs when they were able to have their KONG toys. Our larger dogs also benefited because they were also able to be stimulated and kept busy while they waited for play time or a meet-and-greet. A dog’s being calm in the kennel, rather than jumping up, really helps their chances.

These are great in the hot summer months because you can freeze them and the dogs love licking the ice! And when we can’t afford to use AC ever day, these are lifesavers.

How many pets did this grant help?

I’d have to say more than 15, and they are still helping.

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

Radar (first photo) was a big, strong pitty mix. He was very sweet, but had lots of energy, which built up in his kennel every day. He was usually a bit too active for most potential adopters. Radar’s main volunteer worked tirelessly with him, and then we got the KONG toys. Radar loved his and worked with his volunteer to get his KONG as a treat. Shortly after, Radar was adopted!

Domino (second photo) is a young, energetic jumper. He is a large dog cooped up in a small kennel. He also has a kennel-mate who is also very active. KONGs have been invaluable in keeping Domino and his mate calm during the other dog’s play time. Without the KONG, they are constantly jumping up and barking. We separate them and give them a KONG with peanut butter and they are able to concentrate on that and not what’s going on around them. Domino also loves to get one out in the play yard. He even swims with it! Domino is still looking for his forever home. Meet Domino: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37570943

We have had many, many happy dogs go home with their Kong toys after enjoying them in the shelter. I wish I could share more photos with you of all the happy dogs. Ajax (third photo) always loved his KONG in the play yard and now he gets one to take home. Sammi (fourth photo) enjoyed the KONG as a treat, and she was happy she got to take it home.

Blue Ridge Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The product was used for kennel enrichment for adoptable dogs.

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

It helped the dogs in our care by providing needed mental and physical stimulation, helping to ease anxiety and boredom, thus making them more adoptable.

How many pets did this grant help?

After washing and disinfecting, the Kongs are reused, so the number of dogs helped is ongoing. As long as the Kongs last, they will continue to help the dogs in our care.

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

Grace (first and second photos) is a Lab/retriever surrendered by her owner with her sister, Olive. Her sister was adopted almost immediately, which left her lonely and full of anxiety. She was panting heavily and was very withdrawn while getting used to being in the shelter. We started offering her different treats with different smells in the Kong toys. This really seem to stimulate her and helped her focus on the toy instead of on her unfamiliar settings. Grace is still up for adoption; meet her here: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38328923.

RescuedOhio: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong Classic dog toys have been used for training and enrichment for our foster dogs.

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

As a nonprofit dog rescue, we have a very limited budget for nonessential items. The Kong product grant helped us to enrich the lives of many of the foster dogs in our care by providing a versatile toy that can be tailored to specific dogs’ preferences by stuffing them with a variety of yummy foodstuffs. For some of our dogs, the Kong Classic is the first toy they ever encountered, and it is the toy that teaches them good play! The Kong Classic dog toys are also an indispensable training device for some of our foster dogs. Our foster families use the toys to crate-train dogs, to entice dogs who are afraid of cars to enjoy a ride to the park or vet, and simply to reward good behavior. Our rescue uses a positive-reinforcement philosophy, and the Kong Classic dog toys help us to stay true to that mission and make dogs more adoptable!

How many pets did this grant help?

To date, more than 50! Many of our foster families have used the Kongs for more than one dog, so this number continues to grow!

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

Garfunkel (first photo) has been with RescuedOhio since March 4, 2017, and is one of our dogs who has benefited GREATLY from the Kong product grant. Garfunkel came to us heartworm-positive, and with strong attachment issues that resulted in him becoming very anxious when crated or not next to a human. Separation anxiety was ruled out by a trainer, but due to the physical restrictions placed on Garfunkel as part of his heartworm treatment (he needs to keep his heart rate very low), it was concerning how worked up he got when he needed to be crated. Further, as a medium-energy-level dog, Garfunkel was difficult to keep happy and busy without his being able to go for long walks or a romp in the yard with his fur-siblings. With the help of the Kong Classic toy, stuffed with peanut butter and frozen, Garfunkel was able to learn that the crate is an okay place to be. The peanut butter Kong kept him busy and distracted during the initial moments after he was crated, and by the time he finished the frozen Kong, he was relaxed enough to rest or sleep in his crate until his foster mom returned. The frozen peanut butter Kong became, and continues to be, an essential part of Garfunkel’s crating routine while he finishes his heartworm treatment. Meet Garfunkel: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37762191

Rumer and her sister Talullah were 13-week-old puppies who came to RescuedOhio with their mom. The puppies were adopted very quickly, but they enjoyed playing with their Kong toys, and their foster mom used treat-stuffed Kongs for crate training and to help keep those active little puppies busy! The second photo shows Garfunkel and Rumer sharing some Kong time on an orange sheet. It is their foster mama’s favorite photo of them! Additional photos of pups and Kongs follow, including one of our fosters who loves to play with his Kong in the kiddie pool!

Mit Liebe German Shepherd Dog Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kongs sent were utilized with our German shepherds that are currently in boarding awaiting their forever homes.

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

The grant of Kongs helped our organization by not only providing mental stimulation to our GSDs in boarding but also alleviating some of the financial costs we would have incurred to purchase the products ourselves.

How many pets did this grant help?

Five German shepherds

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

Pets helped include Tundra (first photo). From her Petfinder profile: “Tundra is a 7-year-old female who came to ML as a stray from an Illinois shelter. She’s a fun-loving gal who’s always up for a good time, but would do best in a home as an only dog, with older or no children, and no cats. She’s sweet, loving, calm, very well-mannered, and likes to go for short little walks, but mainly just wants to be loved on by her people.” Meet Tundra: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37783965

Meet Elka: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37307835
Meet Gabe: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/35997780
Meet Piper: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38374348
Meet Luke: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38317195

Roanoke Valley SPCA: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toy grant was used to provide enrichment to the dogs in our care.

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

This grant helped by allowing us to give toys to the dogs in our care and keep them from getting bored while they wait to be adopted into their forever homes. Being inside a cage can cause dogs to get bored and stressed out easily and we want them to be comfortable.

How many pets did this grant help?

Numerous dogs

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

This grant helped Greta, a 9-year-old Lab/collie mix. She has been in our care for about a month now and, even though we play with her and walk her and the rest of the dogs as much as we can, they can still get bored while waiting inside their kennels. With the help of the Kong toy grant, we can give Greta a Kong toy and she can stay occupied for a while and not be stressed. From Facebook: “Hi human, my name is Greta and I’m the gal for you! First, I’ll reel you in with my soulful eyes, and then I’ll hit you with my big ole smile for the win! At 9, I may be a seasoned gal, but I still have plenty of pep in my step. From my curly tail to my floppy ears, I am up for any adventure that involves my human right by my side. Come see meet me today and see for yourself!”

Longmont Humane Society, Inc.: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Longmont Humane Society received 30 KONGs through the Petfinder Foundation KONG Toy Grant.

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

KONGs play an important part in our shelter enrichment program by helping to keep dogs occupied, entertained and happy. Longmont Humane Society’s teen volunteers clean and stuff KONGs daily, then freeze them for use in the kennels. The 30 KONGs granted by the Petfinder Foundation have joined this important assembly line.

How many pets did this grant help?

Because the KONGs are cleaned and reused, we anticipate that the 30 KONGs will be used by approximately 300 dogs.

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

Puppies Hershey, Toffee and Nestle were the first dogs at Longmont Humane Society to give the new KONGs a try. The KONGs are perfect for teething pups, and they curiously explored the different shapes and sizes until they each found their favorite KONGs. All three puppies have been adopted into loving homes.

Columbia Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The donated Kongs were used to provide entertainment, fun and general enrichment for dogs while they are at the shelter.

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

The Kongs provide a great addition to our kennel enrichment program. We find Kongs are rarely donated by the public, and we operate on limited funds so we can rarely purchase any. We have used the donated Kongs as treat- and food-dispensers and also as a means of gaining the trust of more fearful dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

Ten and counting! The donated Kongs have been used by at least 10 dogs so far and we anticipate using them for many more.

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

Hugh (first and second photos) came to CHS as a rescue from Israel and is part of our Canaan Rescue Project. He is about 2 years old and can be a little afraid when meeting new people. Kongs have been helpful in gaining his trust. Hugh loves to run and play, and licking food from his Kong is one of the things that he loves best! He is a very fun-loving guy who is going to need a family that will lead him to greatness. He gets along great with other dogs, but can be reactive on leash because he is excited to see them. He loves to run and play. He is protective of his area.

Trouble (third and fourth photos) was brought to the shelter for boarding while his family was moving and, sadly, they never came back. Trouble is about 11 or 12 years old and is no trouble at all! He has only ever been an outside dog. He loves his big, comfy bed and he really likes his treats in a Kong. He is available for adoption at: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37575975

We call Cody (fifth and sixth photos) our Big Brown Dog. He came to the shelter as a stray and is about 2 years old. He gets along well with other dogs and enjoys playing. He is also very smart, which makes giving him a good life while he’s in a kennel environment a challenge. We try to do everything we can to keep him thinking, and Kongs provide a great puzzle toy. Extracting food that is frozen inside the Kong is one of his favorite pastimes, and when the Kong is almost empty, he likes to chase it around. Meet Cody: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36973913

Pittie Paw Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong grant was used for entertainment for our foster dogs.

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

The toys were given to the dogs to keep them entertained for hours.

How many pets did this grant help?

8

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

Santana has been available for adoption and has been for about six months. While she is in her room she is given a Kong to help keep her company and entertained. She loves her Kong so much! From her Petfinder profile: “Santana has an entire room to herself at her foster’s. She’s never chewed anything, she doesn’t have accidents, she lies on her bed and doesn’t do much. She’ll get occasional zoomies every now and then. She goes outside off-leash, does her business and comes right back in. She’s really LOW maintenance. Yes, she’d prefer to be an only dog, but honestly, she’d be perfect for any senior who wanted a companion or any young college student who just wanted someone around. Maybe a couple who want some excitement around. She’s literally perfect. We can’t stress that enough! She comes with absolutely everything she’ll need: cage, blankets, bed, food, dog bowls, leash and collar. Plus, her adoption fee is a donation of your choice! We really, really just want to see this girl in a good home!” Meet Santana: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37836723

Humane Society of Lincoln County: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toys were and are being use to enrich the lives of shelter dogs and puppies. They are given to dogs with treats added. This gives them something to work on and relieve the boredom and stress that comes with spending extended amounts of time in a kennel. The puppies love how the toys roll across the kennel floor and the Kong toys are chewy enough to keep their attention but strong enough to withstand puppy teeth.

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

The toys help relieve boredom for many dogs and puppies. Some of our higher-energy dogs need a puzzle to work on and the Kong toys are perfect for this. The dogs bark less and focus on something else besides the dogs next to them or chewing on their houses or beds. Several of our volunteers used the Kong toys as positive reinforcement for training purposes. One dog in particular LOVED his Kongs and was trained to sit, heel, down, and wait, which ultimately led to his adoption! The puppies love to chase and roll with these toys and, since the toys can take a lot of abuse, we are not having to constantly replace destroyed toys.

How many pets did this grant help?

20 puppies and 10 adult dogs

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

Flash came to us in October as a stray. He definitely had no formal training and would pull you around on the leash like a limp noodle. After a month or so of NO ONE looking at Flash, our dedicated volunteers started to work with him. He was food-motivated, but pull out those Kong toys and boy, did you have his attention! Our volunteers worked with Flash on an almost daily basis and used the donated Kong toys as a positive reinforcement with his training. Flash quickly caught on, and pretty soon he was completing sit, down, heel, and wait on command. After a hard day of training, our volunteer would take him to the dog park and throw the Kongs for Flash for fun. Flash was doing so well on his training, he started to go to offsite adoption events and ultimately was adopted! His training was the very thing that drew his adopters in and it would not have been possible without the Kong toys donated by the Petfinder Foundation. Flash is only one of many dogs whom this grant has helped, but also it will continue to help many more who come through our facility. For each dog who finds a home because of the generosity of the Petfinder Foundation, there will be another who will come through our doors and need a toy, puzzle, or the positive reinforcement that these wonderful toys can give.

Golden Belt Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toys were a hit with the dogs! Not only did they provide an enrichment feature, but a treat feature as well.

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

The shelter seemed a bit more quiet when the Kongs were delivered to the dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

All the dogs had a chance to enjoy a treat and toy — 40 dog kennels total. At random times, the dogs received the toys with treats.

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

Butch (first and second photos) is a very high-energy type dog. He often is bored when not being taken outside for playtime or given anything to play with inside his kennel — and he needs items that he can’t tear up. He jumps fences and loves to run, so when he’s given a Kong toy with treats inside, it helps keep his attention and energy level in check with the challenges of getting treats out from the Kong toy. And he can’t tear up or shred the Kong toy! What a great product to have for dogs who just need something more to do to enrich their lives during a temporary stay within a shelter. Thank you to all who made this possible! Meet Butch: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37799131

South Suburban Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The KONG products were used to enhance our ongoing Kennel Enrichment Program. Through the program, we actively try to keep dogs healthy and happy by keeping their minds engaged. We address the five senses, with a focus on something different each day, and KONG day on Mondays is the biggest hit! The donated KONGs were used for the dogs in our care and staff fills them with peanut butter and kibble.

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

Our Kennel Enrichment Program is having the long-term impact of keeping our dogs healthy and happy for adoption. The KONGs are a big part of this, and we believe that they directly contribute to faster adoption rates. When a dog is enjoying his KONG in his cage, he presents better to potential adopters. We have been adopting out long-term residents recently and we believe the Kennel Enrichment Program — and particularly the KONGs — are to thank!

How many pets did this grant help?

60

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

Rachel (first photo) and Zoe are two dogs who particularly loved their KONGs. As a pit bull and a black Lab/pit mix, respectively, both were much harder to adopt than some other dogs. Since it was harder for them to find homes, it was imperative to keep them healthy and happy for longer periods of time. The KONG donation helped to do this and both were adopted!

Paw Printz Pitbull Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

I tossed them on the floor for the 20 dogs to play with.

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

Cleo is 14 years old and has had double hip surgery, so she lies around and chews a lot.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

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

Cleopatra is 14 years old and has had double hip surgery, so she lies around and chews a lot. From her Petfinder profile: “Cleo is a senior at 14 years old. She is all personality. She likes to talk, and she will sing with you. She adores people and is friendly to all dogs, but no cats. If you are sitting down, she will come over and put her head on your lap. If that doesn’t get your attention, she will poke you with her nose. She has that wonderful big bully smile. You can’t help but smile when you look at her. She loves to chase — a laser pointer is her favorite, but she will chase after a ball as well, only she has no idea what to do when she gets to it, so she turns around (without the ball, of course) and runs back to her person with a big smile on her face and her tail wagging a mile a minute. If we could figure out how to hook something up to that tail, we could generate enough energy to run a small town! It never stops wagging — even in her sleep! She is a happy, happy dog and makes all those around her happy as well.

“Cleopatra is crate-trained, housetrained, microchipped, current of her shots and knows basic obedience. She can also catch treats tossed at her. She loves her food and would happily search the kitchen floor for dropped goodies if you let her.”

Meet Cleo: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/18910818

Sally Wetherbee Adoption Center: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used our product grant to provide extra enrichment and stress-relief to our residents.

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

This grant allowed us to use toys that we otherwise would not have been able to purchase to provide enrichment for our dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

16

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

Stella is 2-year-old female bulldog who was having anxiety issues after weaning her last litter of puppies. She was very destructive and was having frequent panic attacks. Our vet had her on a low dose of anxiety medicine that did not seem to help. We began filling the Kong toys with peanut butter and freezing them overnight to give to Stella and the other pups the next day. After a few days of receiving her peanut butter Kong and playing with other Kong toys outside, her stress levels came down noticeably. She is still working toward being stress-free but has made great progress!

Whitman County Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The KONG grant was used for enrichment of both our dogs and cats.

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

It improved (and continues to improve) the quality of our pets’ stays by providing mental stimulation with a fun way to receive food and treats.

How many pets did this grant help?

10 and counting!

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

Franklin, our 1.5-year-old black Lab (first photo), has been adopted. As you can see from the photo, he quite enjoyed his KONG toys. Like most young black Labs, Franklin really needed a lot of physical and mental stimulation. With the KONG grant, we were able to feed him all of his food in KONGs (as he also gobbled food down quickly) and give him lots of toy options.

Kismet (second photo) is our long-term resident. She has been deemed “dangerous” in the state of Washington due to her reactivity towards other dogs. However, she is the absolute sweetest. Because she has been a shelter guest for so long, she’s been getting more anxious and stir-crazy. With the help of the KONG grant, she’s able to focus her energy on something other than her anxiety. Since the KONG grant, we’ve seen a significant decrease in her anxious tendencies, such as over-grooming. Meet Kismet: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36735499.

Nicholas (third photo) is another long-term resident, as he is FIV-positive. Nicholas LOVES food and tends to chow down quickly, with a subsequent upset tummy from eating so quickly. Cats also need proper mental stimulation, so using the small KONGs, we were able to kill two birds with one stone and feed Nicholas his food in a KONG. Nicholas absolutely loves batting around the KONG and chasing the food bits as they fly out. Meet Nicholas: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36896497

Animal Welfare League of Arlington: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The product is being used as an enrichment tool for our dogs.

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

See below.

How many pets did this grant help?

The Kongs we received could potentially enrich hundreds of dogs’ lives because they last so long! We can wash and reuse them for many, many dogs.

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

Kongs are a great way to enrich a dog’s stay in the kennels. Because dogs tend to get bored in the shelter, we stuff Kongs with wet dog food and put them in the freezer, and they can be a great attention-holder for hours! They truly make the dogs very happy! Here are photos of (from top) Preston, Duke and Taz enjoying Kongs in their kennels. Preston has been adopted.

Cocheco Valley Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kongs were used for enrichment for the dogs in the shelter. We received 30 and each dog has been given a Kong and when they are adopted they take it with them.

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

The dogs can be very stressed and bored here at the shelter, so the Kongs are a great way for them to get playtime without staff or volunteers being with them. We use the Kongs for enrichment as well. We use treats, peanut butter and cream cheese in them. They provide hours of entertainment and help the time pass between walks and enrichment time.

How many pets did this grant help?

30 dogs have been helped.

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

Sweet Pea was a transport dog from one of the [open-admission] shelters in the South. She was a very timid 5- or 6-year-old pit bull. She was so scared when we got her that we put her in an administrative employee’s office so that she would not be stressed out even more in the noisy shelter. We made a nice soft bed for her and gave her a Kong with peanut butter and kibble in it. She would not even look at it at first. Each day we all took time to talk to her and pet her and just give her love. She stopped shaking so much and started to show interest in her Kong. From then on, she was hooked. She was a bit lazy and would push the Kong with her paw while lying down and ignore it if something did not fall out. Then she learned that if she rolled it more aggressively, she would be rewarded! She and her Kong have been adopted into a new forever home and she has a furry brother who just adores her. She is one happy dog!

Southern Friends Animal Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Kong toys were used for playtime and to combat boredom.

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

Kept some pets playing longer and not as bored

How many pets did this grant help?

Five pets

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

Trail has been with us for three years and gets a lot of toys. He loves the Kongs filled with treats and looks forward to them every day now. They keep him busy and he loves to toss them up in the air after he gets his treats. Trail is a volunteer favorite at the sanctuary and even has his own Facebook page. We call him Lovable, Laughable Trail. Meet Trail: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/33847609

Utah's Perfect Pointers DBA GSP Rescue Southwest: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The product — five red Kongs — was used to enrich the lives of some of our 35 rescue dogs while they await their new homes. There are two large-size and three regular-size Kongs that I stuffed with treats. The dogs love them and it makes life easier for the foster parents when they get a new dog and can entertain it for a while between training sessions. It’s a great reward and good therapy for dogs while they’re being crate-trained.

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

A number of our dogs are kenneled when we first get them for 10 days to ensure they are healthy and not harboring diseases before going into the general population. This can be a long period for dogs as active as the pointing breeds. Kongs are great therapy for the dogs while they’re going through their isolation period.

How many pets did this grant help?

The Kongs are used among 20 of the 35 dogs currently in our program. We sanitize between dogs and move the Kongs to different kennels where the dogs are awaiting vetting, recovering from spay surgery or just in their isolation period.

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

Kynzi came to us on Jan. 17, 2017. She was suffering from separation anxiety and released by her former foster parent. Not only was Kynzi afflicted with separation anxiety, but she was also very timid and submissive. The Kongs were invaluable to integrating her into a group with other dogs and keeping her busy while we left her “alone” for longer and longer periods. They also helped occupy her and get her used to cats in close proximity. Kynzi still needs other dogs in her foster and new home to make her feel secure, but she’s great “home alone” with them now! No people required for all-day companionship! Kynzi is available for adoption at http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37320418.

Furry Friends Refuge: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We have used the Kong toys to keep the dogs at our shelter appropriately and safely entertained while they await forever homes.

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

Our organization cares for several dogs who need a great deal of stimulation but also need resilient toys; the Kong products have met that need perfectly during the times when our volunteers and staff are not interacting with them. It has reduced the possibility that an under-engaged dog will begin acting destructively or in a way that endangers him/her.

At the same time, they are a great way for our less-active dogs to still enjoy playtime with volunteers. In particular, we have a diabetic dog who is underweight and his overweight mother in our care; the two very much enjoy the Kong squeaky balls, as well as Kongs filled with pumpkin.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

Hi, my name is Einstein (first photo), and I am a 3-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier. I was abandoned, found by a friendly animal control officer and then brought to Furry Friends Refuge shortly after. The staff at Furry Friends have learned that I REALLY LOVE people, so much so that I jump up to give kisses. In fact, I can jump almost six feet straight up, so I need a fence that high in my forever home. I am very smart and love to learn things, but if I’m not kept busy, I can get into mischief. Kong Extreme products fix that — they keep me busy and are some of my favorite toys. I am still looking for a forever home where I can be the only pet.

Hi, my name is Jake (second photo), and I am a 10-year-old Chesapeake Bay mix who came to Furry Friends when my owner passed away. The shelter staff tell me, when no one else is around, that I’m the sweetest dog they have at Furry Friends; I don’t let my diabetes or visual impairment get me down at all! All I want is to be with people and my mom Maggie … oh, and to indulge in a pumpkin-filled Kong, or chew on one of the squeaky balls. Mom and I used to live in a home with cats, so as long as we have each other, we can go to any loving home! (Meet Jake: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37161742)

Hi, my name is Maggie (third photo), and I am an 11-year-old Chesapeake Bay mix who came to Furry Friends when my owner passed away. I came in with my son Jake and need to find a home with him, since I serve as his “guide dog,” in a way. I am a very sweet girl who will bounce up and down when a visitor comes to my room, which is good since I’m working on shedding a few pounds. (That’s why I get pumpkin in my Kong treats, and that’s why I prefer to take the Kong on a stroll around the courtyard 🙂 ) I used to live with cats as well, so any home that has a soft spot for senior dogs would be A-OK for me! (Meet Maggie: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37161745)

Hi, my name is Charlie (fourth photo), and I am a 3-year-old Lab mix who came to Furry Friends when my owners’ lifestyle needs changed. I am just as energetic as my age would indicate and know quite a few commands, which I especially love to do in exchange for treats — like a Kong filled with peanut butter! I am looking for an active home that can keep up with me, has a tall fence to make sure I stay safe, and has no other animals and no small children (just because I’m such a bouncy guy). (Meet Charlie: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/35985507)

Northwoods Animal Shelter: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We were the recipients of a Quality of Life grant, and were provided with Kong toys for our shelter dogs.

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

By using the Kong toys that our shelter was provided, we are able to add enrichment to the daily lives of our shelter dogs. By filling the Kongs with frozen foods and peanut butter, we are able to give the dogs a long-lasting activity to help them combat boredom throughout the day. We have had several bully-breed dogs come through our doors since we received this grant. These dogs tend to be our biggest chewers. By using the Kong toys, these dogs are able to get their chewing fix and stay mentally engaged.

How many pets did this grant help?

25 dogs and counting! Because we are able to wash and reuse these toys multiple times, the number of dogs who have been helped continues to grow!

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

Chevy was a very special dog to our staff. He had been adopted from our shelter, but was returned to us after three years because the family said that they no longer had time to care for him. Chevy was heartbroken upon his return to the shelter. He expressed his depression and boredom by destroying any soft, fluffy thing he could find. The staff was unsure what to do, as Chevy was quickly depleting our stock of fluffy beds and stuffed toys. Thanks to the Quality of Life grant from the Petfinder Foundation, we able to use the new Kong toys to help Chevy. Each day, he would get a Kong filled with a tasty frozen treat. These treats would take him hours to extract, keeping his mind and mouth busy. After the treat was gone, Chevy would bring the Kong to a staff member so that they could play fetch with him! We noticed an improvement in Chevy’s demeanor almost instantly. Only a couple short weeks after the Kongs arrived, Chevy found his forever home!

Manistee County Humane Society/Homeward Bound Animal Shelter: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The products were, and still are, used for dog enrichment. The Kongs are filled and given to our dogs to help them relax and spend more time with the filled Kong rather than being stressed in their kennels. The products work well and we continue to use them.

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

The Kongs are filled with treats and given to the dogs to help them relieve kennel stress. The Kongs help keep them busy and not have so much kennel anxiety.

How many pets did this grant help?

All of our dogs in house: 10 dogs.

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

Trina is a 9-year-old boxer/hound mix who has been at the shelter a long time. In our area, most people have more than one pet, and Trina cannot be in a home with other pets. We have tried to introduce her many times and we had a trainer come in to help with her issues, but that was unsuccessful. She is a very sweet girl who loves people and children but cannot be adopted into a home with other pets and this is why she is still at the shelter. We also have tried to get other shelters or rescues in more-populated areas to come and get her in hopes of getting her adopted into the right home. No one will come get her.

She suffers from separation and kennel anxiety. We give her a Kong every day and a wonderful volunteer will come in three to four days a week to walk her and take her on car rides. She loves to walk the beach in the warmer months and enjoys time in the yards playing all year long. It truly breaks my heart that we have not been able to help her better. She is often on our local morning news for their adopt-a-pet-Tuesdays pet spotlight. She is posted in the local newspaper, on Petfinder, on our website and on all our social media pages. I have emailed many shelters and rescues and will always try to show her first to potential adopters. We continue to try and find someone who will love this girl as much as we do. Meet Trina: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/28310356

Bitter Root Humane Association: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We were thrilled to receive the Petfinder Foundation’s KONG grant! KONG toys are critical for our enrichment program due to their indestructible nature. During our long winter in Western Montana, the KONG toys relieve boredom and pent-up tension by providing hours of activity for our shelter dogs. Although we walk our shelter dogs outside three times a day, often it is too cold for them to get much exercise, and KONG toys allow for a release of energy through chewing. To make the KONG toys extra fun and exciting for the dogs, we fill them with dog biscuits, pureed squash or chicken broth and freeze! As the dogs chew the KONG toy, they also are rewarded by a tasty treat.

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

The Petfinder Foundation’s KONG toy grant helped our shelter because we had quite a few dogs at our shelter this winter. We had to continuously stuff, freeze and distribute KONG toys to keep our shelter-dog guests from getting bored. Luckily, we had plenty of KONG toys in different shapes and sizes, so we never ran out. These KONG toys provided stress relief as well as a fun activity to counteract boredom. You can literally watch the tension slowly release from their bodies as their focus and energy is turned to the KONG toy instead of a destructive or unproductive behavior. We have noticed a decrease in spinning, barking and jumping (a few unproductive kennel behaviors), and a quieter, more peaceful kennel environment.

We are also finding that KONG toys are not just for the typical chewers or ball-players, but also for the bully-breed dogs who tend to destroy typical toys in their kennels through shaking and tearing. Our stuffed-KONG kennel-enrichment program helps to keep the dogs occupied and relaxed. The variety of the KONG toy donation ensures different experiences for different dogs, but it is confirmed that KONG toys, stuffed and frozen, provide hours of entertainment, as well as a physical release of pent-up energy and stress.

How many pets did this grant help?

We have an average intake of 20 dogs per month, so we would estimate that at least 60 dogs were able to enjoy the KONG toys!

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

Happy is a sweet Staffordshire terrier/pit-bull mix who came to our shelter in mid-February scared and distressed. As he adjusted to shelter life, we realized he really enjoyed people and playing! Happy was still a puppy and very energetic. In the middle of winter in Western Montana, we have a quite a few cold days, including many below zero degrees. We have to constantly be aware of how cold it is outside and monitor and minimize our shelter dogs’ exposure to the cold weather. Although we walk our dogs three times a day, time outside for exercise is limited, especially for short-haired dogs like Happy. Pups with lots of energy (like Happy) need more exercise, not less! The cold weather and dark, boring days made Happy (and the other shelter dogs) restless, nervous and tense. Happy would sometimes circle his kennel endlessly and whine, which did not go over well with potential adopters! However, when we started giving Happy the stuffed KONG toys each day, you could tell some of his energy, anxiety and boredom were relieved. In just a few weeks, Happy seemed more content to just relax on his bed and chew energetically at his KONG. Thank you! Meet Happy: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37519642

Alleghany Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The KONG products are a wonderful addition for our shelter babies. We have been working on enrichment at our shelter, and the KONGs have been a huge part of our engagement. The donation is highly appreciated by the Alleghany Humane Society, as well as our furry friends.

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

The KONGs have made a huge impact by offering the shelter dogs something to keep them busy and helping us maintain a happy and quiet population. We fill our KONGs with Milk Bones and peanut butter, which our shelter friends enjoy. As the staff is only on-site during the day, this offers our shelter friends something to occupy themselves throughout the night.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

We have a dear fella in our care, Smokey (first and second photos), who is epileptic. He requires medication twice daily for his seizures. As this has caused us to have difficulty finding Smokey the right home, he has become the shelter favorite. We make sure that Smokey enjoys extra spoiling here in our shelter. As Smokey has a stuffed alligator which he takes everywhere, he now can’t decide between his KONG or his alligator. By Smokey having his KONG during the night, it has helped reduce his stress level while preventing further seizures. We will continue spoiling Smokey until we find him the best home possible. Meet Smokey: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36998864

Have a Heart Pet Shelter: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Have a Heart Pet Shelter received five Kongs, valued at $69.95. The Kong products are being used for shelter dogs and puppies who like to chew.

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

The grant helped Have a Heart Pet Shelter financially. We did not have to purchase as many Kong products. We like to use the Kong products not only for dogs and puppies who chew, but also to occupy a pet for a while. To occupy a pet’s attention, we would fill the Kong products with treats and peanut butter.

How many pets did this grant help?

The grant helped five of the shelter’s dogs.

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

Socks, a 1-year-old male Lab mix, loves to chew. Socks will chew anything, even his bed. When Socks was given a Kong product, he stopped chewing on everything except his Kong. Meet Socks: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37187782

No Bully Left Behind: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Five Kong toys from the Kong product grant

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

No Bully Left Behind (NBLB) is a shelter for homeless bully-breed dogs. Our dogs normally come to us from really bad conditions – starving on the street, abusive homes, or sure death at the city [open-admission] shelter. When they come to us, they are safe, with their own kennel, bed and food — but even the best shelters can be loud, chaotic and frightening places to live. Shelter dogs spend far too much of their time alone, with little to do. NBLB recognizes this, which is why we reached out to the Petfinder Foundation and applied for the Kong Product Grant.

Providing adequate enrichment is critical to keeping dogs’ behavior from deteriorating due to boredom, stress and frustration. One way to do that is by providing the dogs with interactive toys like Kongs. Dogs can entertain themselves for hours getting that last treat or dollop of peanut butter out of a Kong.

Kong toys are perfect. They are extremely durable, safe and interactive. Thank you, Kong and the Petfinder Foundation, for giving a few of our lucky bullies a toy that they can truly enjoy; a toy that helps fill those long, lonely days waiting for their forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

5

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

Angus (first three photos) is a huge American bulldog who came to the shelter with a flimsy green frog. Angus carried that frog everywhere he went. Although he was very careful with this precious toy, after several months, Miss Froggy had only one eye and two legs left. We were so afraid Angus would swallow what was left of Miss Froggy and choke. When the Kong toys arrived, we were so grateful. Froggy quickly became a toy of the past; Angus and his Kong toy have become inseparable. He carries it faithfully outside every day – so the Kong is often mixed with peanut butter, treats and dirt. Angus is so proud of his new Kong toy. Meet Angus: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36863138

Crystal (last three photos) is a young English bulldog who has had a tough time with allergies the last few months. Since the weather has been very warm in Texas, allergies are terrible. Despite eye drops, allergy pills and salve, she hasn’t been her happy, goofy self. After a trip to the vet, we surprised Crystal with her new Kong toy, filled with peanut butter, and boy, did that make all the difference! She was running and playing and so happy. Kong made Crystal forget her troubles that day. We are working hard to stay on top of Crystal’s allergies, but at least now she has a distraction to help her focus on something other than licking her paws and scratching. Meet Crystal: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36863212

New Beginnings Animal Sanctuary: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Every dog needs a few good toys, and the ones sent to us from KONG have definitely become favorites. The KONG dog toys have helped our shelter make playtime more enjoyable for the dogs staying with us. We have used them in the kennels, in the play area and during introductions with potential adopters. Nothing helps break the ice better than throwing around a KONG chewy and watching canine eyes light up as they chase after it.

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

These durable toys have been great for keeping our shelter dogs entertained. It really helps to break up the daily routine to be surprised with a KONG chew toy stuffed with a treat inside. Most people will never know how much joy it brings to our hearts to turn the corner to see one of our shelter dogs gnawing away in their kennel with their tails wagging like crazy. Potential adopters and volunteers who have come to visit the dogs have also loved the new toys. A little love goes a long way, and we have seen such an improvement in our dogs’ personalities since we received these toys. Thank you all so much!

How many pets did this grant help?

21

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

If a dog’s love could be measured in diamonds and jewels, hers would be rubies. Ruby (first and second photos) has a lot to offer to a family; she is affectionate and sweet, but she has always been a little shy around new people. However, the KONG toys have helped her come out of her shell with potential adopters. While the people may be new, her treat-stuffed toys have been comforting and familiar. I guess you could say it’s hard not to trust someone with a KONG chew toy in their hands. While she is still up for adoption, these toys have brought a refreshing hope for the future. Meet Ruby: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36621264

Shaw Pit Bull Rescue, Inc.: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Enrichment

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

Gave the dogs something to chew on and kept them quiet while volunteers were working in kennel areas, etc.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

Shaw PBR received a generous grant from the Petfinder Foundation consisting of 20 Kong toys from the Kong Product Grant, valued at $279.80. Shaw PBR would like to thank everyone involved in making this grant possible, and choosing us as a recipient. Our adopt-a-bulls send their appreciation as well! Our supporters are the best!

Pictured is Pearl. From her Petfinder profile: “With a big heart and a face you’ll love forever, this girl’s name is Pearl. The beautiful little brindle baby is awaiting her forever home. Pearl is the perfect dog for those who like to stay home and cuddle. She’s also great for those who are active. She doesn’t mind just staying in bed all day, yet she also loves to play. Pearl is the whole package for all. Tall and beautiful, Pearl would make any kids happy. Come meet her at Shaw PBR in Columbus, MS.” Meet Pearl: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/34925175

Rotten Rottie Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Dog toys

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

The toys gave them something healthy to chew and kept them from wanting to chew on our shoes.

How many pets did this grant help?

12-15

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

All of the pets listed on Petfinder benefited from this grant. Each received one in their stocking for Christmas. I tried to be creative for the story. I couldn’t come up with anything other than they love playing with the Kongs since Christmas morning. Pictured is Boyd. Meet him: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36941972

Tri-County Animal Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used for toys for the dogs.

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

The dogs need to play and release their energy. Some of the larger dogs tear apart the smaller toys. The large dogs need more-durable toys to play with.

How many pets did this grant help?

35

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

McClaine is a younger dog who had a lot of energy. The toys helped him get rid of his excess energy. He was able to play with the Kong toys, which was beneficial for him. From his Petfinder profile: “Hi, I’m McClain! I was born on Aug. 20, 2009 and currently weigh 49 lbs.! I was rescued from a Mississippi puppy mill, living in awful conditions. I am just an all-around good dog. I am great with kids, other dogs and am happy-go-lucky. I’m looking for my forever family who can show me what life is all about!” Meet McClain: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36079848

Rogue Rescue & Sanctuary: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toys were used to enrich the lives of the dogs at our rescue.

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

The Kong Toy Grant helped our organization by relieving the financial burden of having to purchase these toys. We are a poor rescue and every bit donated helps us greatly. The Kong toys helped our dogs by mentally stimulating them in their kennels when they could not be in the general population.

How many pets did this grant help?

Approximately 30 pets

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

The Kong toys helped soothe Julio’s anxiety by keeping him mentally stimulated when he could not go todoggie daycare. He loved trying to figure out how to get the treat out of the Kong toy. The toys helped Carmen by relaxing her at the end of the day when it was time for her to go to bed. The toys satisfy the dogs with both mental stimulation and with the reward of the treat when they finally figure it out.

Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center (SPARC): KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received Kongs for our big dogs.

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

See below.

How many pets did this grant help?

45 large dogs, many of whom are pit bulls. We also have 15 dogs at a ranch outside of the shelter who enjoy their daily Kongs! These Kongs don’t just help them once, but every single day for months and months. Thank you!

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

We are a non-profit, no-kill, no-excuses shelter, so the dogs in our care can be with us for long periods of time, and we attempt to give them outstanding daily care to keep their lives interesting. This includes three to five walks per day, playgroups, treadmilling and two feedings per day, plus one or two Kongs per day, depending on how busy their day is already! It’s sort of like kindergarten: Their day is busy, but they do get nap times too! The Kongs give them some additional relaxation time. Since we have around 28 large dogs at any given time, we need to have at least 56 Kongs in good condition at all times to allow for them to be filled and frozen for the twice-daily Kong breaks. We also have 15 dogs at an off-site ranch who get Kongs too.

Pictured is Dolly. From her Petfinder profile: “Hello, my name is Dolly, a 3-year-old, 50-lb. Staffie mix available for adoption. I am a sweet and calm young girl and my favorite physical feature is my giant cutie-pie eyes. I am looking for a home where I can hang out and lie in the sun in the afternoon. We can cuddle and play but I really just need someone to love. Do you think that can be you?” Meet Dolly: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36887460

Pooch's Partners Animal Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The product was used for the entertainment and training of shelter dogs.

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

We found the KONG toys were beneficial for mental stimulation. When stuffed with treats, the Kongs help calm our dogs by providing them with something to work on while they are kenneled. The toys also make a great training tool for the dogs who are just learning about toys or those who need to burn off extra energy by chasing a bounced KONG. The benefits showed through during adoption events, as we found the dogs who benefited from the KONG toys appeared much happier and approachable to potential adopters.

How many pets did this grant help?

15

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

We used the KONG toys with a litter of nine puppies. The toys help them to learn to share and socialize with other rescue dogs. All nine puppies have been adopted. One of our dogs, Benny, benefited greatly from the KONG. Benny was found with his two littermates at about 12 weeks old in a cardboard box on the side of the road. All three puppies were timid, but Benny was the worst of all. After receiving two rounds of shots and dewormer, the puppies were made available for adoption. Benny’s brother and sister were adopted immediately. Benny, on the other hand, was so terrified of people that he was just about catatonic around humans and peed all over himself whenever anyone touched him. We used the KONG toys to help build trust with Benny. We found that the KONG helped reduce Benny’s anxiety and he is now able to interact with humans more. Though Benny is still very timid, we believe the KONG has been instrumental in Benny’s emotional recovery from whatever he experienced as a young puppy. Today, Benny is still waiting for his forever home with the right person who will give him the time to be himself, but we have hope that his day will come soon. Meet Benny: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37094814

Athens Area Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

These Kong products were used to help calm animals at the center who feel anxiety and stressed. The toys provided some of our dogs with the distraction that they need to cope with the shelter environment while they wait for their forever homes.

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

Animals who appeared to be very anxious in our center needed a way to be calmed down. The Kong toys have been used as a distraction for these dogs as they wait to be adopted. For some of these animals, Kong products were the only way to calm the dogs during their time at the center.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

One animal in particular who benefited the most from these products is Gretel. Gretel has been in our shelter for months and is very anxious being in there. Gretel is a 3-year-old chocolate Lab who absolutely loves people, yet she unfortunately has shown aggression towards other animals. Whenever a dog walks by the office that Gretel is staying in or even barks somewhere nearby, Gretel begins to bark non-stop and feels the need to protect her area. Kong toys are the only way that Gretel is able to calm down and stop barking. The second we pick up her Kong to refill it, Gretel’s face lights up and she immediately sits down to wait for her favorite toy to be given to her. When Gretel has her Kong toys, nothing seems to bother her. She is calm and ignores all the dogs who walk by the office. These Kongs have been the only products that have helped Gretel during her time at the center.

Watonwan County Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received Kongs and they were used for the dogs. We filled them with 1-2 tablespoons of peanut butter and gave one to each dog.

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

Shelter enrichment is essential for a dogs’ mental health while residing in a shelter. Kongs play an important roll in providing mental and physical stimulation.

How many pets did this grant help?

6

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

Pepper is a long-term resident at our shelter. Unfortunately she has been with us for months so it is especially important for her to have mental and physical enrichment. The Kongs have done a lot to occupy her time and provide her with a safe way to satisfy her instincts, thereby making her stay more tolerable. We hope to find a home for her soon. Meet Pepper: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/34829301

Hawaii Island Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The KONG toys are being used as an enrichment activity for our shelter dogs. We hand out towels and toys every morning for the dogs to keep them entertained and to alleviate stress.

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

Our shelter relies on volunteers to help provide stimulation and activity for the animals. However, volunteers are not always at our shelter, so we find other ways to provide this enrichment. We play calming music, provide a clean towel, give treats and hand out KONG toys.

How many pets did this grant help?

This particular grant was distrubited to our Kona shelter and on any given day can provide enrichment for 20-40 dogs.

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

Gremlin knows that before he can get his KONG toy, he must sit. As soon as he sees the animal care technician with the basket of KONG toys in his hand, he sits! His whole body is wiggly as he excitedly wags his tail waiting for his toy. Gremlin’s favorite part of the day is getting his KONG toy to play with — especially if it has treats inside! Gremlin was just selected to be transferred to our mainland transfer partner shelter, Kitsap Humane Society, in hopes of finding his forever home. Whoever adopts Gremlin will have a handsome, obedient and silly new best friend!

Pictured is Mayweather: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36514470

Tri-Boro Animal Welfare: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Rewarding the dogs for their good behavior, keeping the dogs occupied while they are in their cages.

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

Those Kong toys helped keep our dogs occupied while sitting in their cages at the shelter. Not only did they get to eat delicious treats from the toys, they were able to enjoy a “piece of home” while they are patiently waiting for their forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

Two

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

Dusty (brindle terrier mix) and Bear (black Lab/rottie mix) have both been at our shelter for two months. These Kong toys have helped keep their minds busy while they are in their cage in between walks with our volunteers. Both of these dogs enjoy being active, and we appreciate the help of Kong toys to keep them occupied while they’re in the shelter.

Meet Bear: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36787324
Dusty: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36715177/

Brindle Buddies & Friends: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We were granted Kongs, which the dogs loved. We handed them out to all of our foster homes to use with their foster dogs.

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

The foster dogs enjoyed playing with them along with having frozen peanut butter to lick out.

How many pets did this grant help?

At least 10, but more to come.

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

Hunter (first two photos) was an owner surrender because his owner become sick and could no longer care for him. He took no time at all to settle into foster care and his favorite toy was the Kong toy. He carried it from one side of the house to another. He loved to toss it up in the air and then catch it again. Hunter has since found a home with a two-legged brother to play with.

Bella (third photo) loved to roll the Kong around until the treats would fall out. Bella has since been adopted to a family who adopted another one of our dogs.

Even though Boyd (fourth photo) isn’t foster anymore, as he was a foster fail, he enjoys his Kong. He destroys almost every toy but will chew the Kong for hours without ever chewing it apart.

Adopt-A-Dog Animal Rescue, Inc.: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received 11 Kong toys for the dogs.

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

The toys give the dogs something to play with in the exercise pen and also keep their minds busy in the kennel when treats are added.

How many pets did this grant help?

A minimum of 11. These toys will help dogs currently in the kennel and dogs coming in the future.

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

Mudd (first two photos) is a Lab/pointer cross. He is only a year old and loves to throw the Kong bone. He doesn’t really like treats, but he loves treats in the Kong toy. This toy helps him keep calmer in the kennel and definitely lets him expend energy in the exercise pen. Cinch (last two photos) is a 4-year-old border collie/blue heeler cross and is very energetic. He definitely needs a job or something to keep his mind busy. Cinch enjoys working the Kong toy to get his treats.

Cavalier Rescue of Florida, Inc.: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received Kong toys to be given to rescue Cavaliers in our care. The Kongs were/are being distributed as dogs come into our foster-based rescue.

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

Many of the dogs entering our rescue are coming from difficult situations. They have had very little socialization and inadequate care. As a result, they do not trust people and many are filled with anxiety. The dogs are placed in loving foster homes with other dogs. When they enter their new homes, they often lack anything of their own. The Kong toy is one way for us to give the little dog something of their own that hasn’t ever been used by another dog. When they are adopted, the Kong will go with them. It is a small piece of continuity for them.

How many pets did this grant help?

8

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

Baron is an almost-2-year-old tricolor Cavalier who entered our rescue at 18 months having had no socialization and exhibiting many fear-based issues. His foster parents have been working with him in preparation for adoption. He is now housetrained, crate-trained, follows basic obedience commands and is becoming more comfortable around people. He is very playful and began playing with his new Kong almost immediately. He will require a very patient forever family that can provide him with a calm environment (without children) to continue to improve and hopefully become a confident, loving, friendly Cavalier. His page on Petfinder is http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/35501084.

Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc.: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

25 Kong toys were received and distributed to pets in our foster care.

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

Kongs are an amazing, indestructible gift to help with encouraging socialization and play in foster dogs who sometimes have never even had a single toy and are very unsure of their situation. Kongs are also used as a way to create better foster engagement with our network of volunteers and to help defray some of the expense of their having to provide toys in addition to food, love and transportation to weekly adoption events. Everyone appreciates them!

How many pets did this grant help?

25 Kongs went to help 25 dogs.

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

Our best Kong success story is with Rena (first and second photos), who was just adopted this week! She was waiting for her furever home for 230 days and was playing with her Kong at an adoption event (showing off her cookie-extraction skills) when her new family first noticed her! Angels truly believes that seeing her so happy is what made her stand out that day. Here are some other wonderful Petfinder pets enjoying their toys!

Stray Hearts Animal Shelter: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This grant allowed us to kick-start our new dog-enrichment program. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation and the Kong Product Grant, we are now able to provide a healthy, calming environment for the over 70 dogs living at our shelter.

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

Each dog receives, at least once per day, a Kong filled with peanut butter and dry food. The dogs can focus on this delicious treat. As stated by the Fun Times Guide For Dogs:

*Kong toys satisfy a dog’s inborne, natural desire to “work” or hunt for food. Stuffed Kongs can keep them busy and content (and out of trouble!) for long periods of time by encouraging them to get the food reward inside.
*A Kong is a unique dog toy that exercises a dog’s mind at the same time that it gives a dog the satisfaction of a job well done.
*Kongs are quite effective when used as a training device to break “bad behaviors” and teach “good behaviors.”
*For dogs who are living a sedentary life, a Kong toy will entice your dog to play more and be more active. The Kong’s unpredictable bounce lures most dogs into a game of chase, catch and chew — especially when it’s filled with food treats!

Our shelter dogs have realized all of these benefits. Our kennels are quieter, our dogs more socialized and relaxed, and our adoption numbers are up. Our average length of stay for our animal population has decreased from 49 days in August 2016 to 24 days in December 2016. We received the Kongs in September. Coincidence? We think not.

Thank you again so very much!
Diane Padoven
Executive Director
Stray Hearts Animal Shelter

How many pets did this grant help?

We use our Kongs daily for the over 70 dogs living at our shelter

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

Koko (first photo) is a loveable pittie-Lab mix who was brought to the shelter in March of 2016 as a public stray. He was assessed as being very high-energy, dog-aggressive and needing leash work. Despite his very friendly demeanor toward people, his kennel barking and jumping turned people off. We began providing a daily Kong treat to allow him to work off some of his energy. He fell in love with peanut butter and would immediately calm down, sit, and start wagging his tail as soon as he saw the Kong coming. This behavior made potential-adopter walk-throughs notice Koko and exhibit interest. I am so pleased to say that, after being here for eight months, Koko was adopted on Dec. 2, 2016. We believe major credit must go to the work we did with him using the Kongs.

Unchained Love, Inc.: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toys are used by our adoptable dogs to break up their kennel time and indoor/outdoor playtime.

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

We at Unchained Love want to give our deepest thank you to the Petfinder Foundation for awarding us the Kong grant. Prior to receiving this grant, our adoptable dogs would chew their water bowls, food bowls and bedding while in their kennels. By filling the Kongs with peanut butter and freezing them, we can now give our adoptable dogs safe things to chew on. Having the Kongs in their kennels has stopped them from barking for attention and chewing on the kennels. During playtime, the dogs use the Kong toys to socialize more and we have noticed their teeth are cleaner. Overall, this grant has enriched their kennel and play time by giving them alternative things to chew on and keep themselves occupied.

How many pets did this grant help?

60

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

Baby was a 5-month-old puppy that a breeder was unable to sell, so she was surrendered to a shelter. She came to Unchained Love scared, unsocialized and, we assume, abused, because she would cower when a hand was moved near her. As we worked with Baby to acclimate her to life in a home, she opened up quickly after she chose a pink Kong from the Kong grant items. Baby carries her pink Kong as a security blanket and they’re inseparable, as shown in her Petfinder profile picture (first photo). Meet Baby: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36977758

DeSoto Animal Rescue Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong products were used to provide enrichment opportunities to our foster dogs, especially those who are crated for long periods of time while their foster parents are working or volunteering for DARS.

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

They helped the dogs by providing hours of enrichment and lessened anxiety from crate boredom and separation anxiety. They also help with training and even exercise because they are so valued by our foster dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

The grant helped about 12 dogs in our foster system initially, and because they are washable and reusable, they will continue to provide benefits to our dogs and future foster dogs for many years. All of our foster parents trust Kong products to be safe, beneficial and reliable.

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

The Kongs have been especially beneficial for Clementine, who has demonstrated a lot of separation anxiety, as well as resource guarding with both other dogs and with her foster parents. This little girl is extremely smart and not easily distracted, but fill a Kong with peanut butter or cream cheese and her focus is laser straight on that task alone. She also loves the Kongs without yummy additives! We’re using two of them to combat her resource guarding. Everyday exercises with these great tools have really helped her learn trading, releasing on command, saying please, etc. It’s worked wonders over these past couple of months.

Our foster parents and general volunteers are all grateful for the Kong grant providing these great products for our foster dogs. Our foster parents are generally responsible for providing the toys and training tools they use for their foster animals. Having this grant is especially helpful to those fosters who have a large turnover and therefore use a lot of resources.

Thank you to Kong and the Petfinder Foundation for choosing DARS for this wonderful grant.

Paws4Survival Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

To occupy our dogs in 48-hour quarantine

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

It assisted our dogs with hours of entertainment during the state-required 48-hour quarantine at our shelter.

How many pets did this grant help?

30 and counting

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

Lucky is a boxer mix found on the streets of Puerto Rico. When our volunteer found him, he was tied to the side of a house by various electrical wires, unable to move. We could not leave him there. After a few months of vetting protocol, Lucky took his liberation flight to Massachusetts. While in 48-hour quarantine, he enjoyed hours of enjoyment with these Kong toys, as pictured here. Lucky found his forever home at the National Adoption Event at PetSmart. He now resides in Marshfield, MA, with his mom, dad, pit bull brother and pit-mix sister.

Sammie's Friends Animal Shelter: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kongs were used for kennel enrichment for our dogs at the shelter. Part of our vision is to get the dogs rehomed within 60 days. Sometimes, however, that doesn’t happen and some dogs are here for months. These dogs in particular are desperate for stimulation. While we have volunteers who walk our dogs twice a day, seven days a week, these dogs still need a lot of interaction to keep them from developing any issues.

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

The Kongs are a wonderful way to offer the dogs enrichment when they are in their kennels and get out for walks only twice a day.

How many pets did this grant help?

50

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

Harris is a young, fun-loving guy who has been at the shelter since early June 2016. He’s a curious and friendly boy and is impatiently awaiting his own family. Harris loves to play and interact with people and other dogs. His huge energy and big brain means he’s always in need of stimulation. The Kongs have offered him a wonderful way to use both! Meet Harris: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/35393611

This is the Dog!: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We were very excited to receive the KONG toy grant this summer! Pets in our care are kept in foster homes until they are well enough to go home with their forever families. This summer, our organization was notified of a mom dog with close to 10 puppies living under a storage unit at a local elementary school. For dogs that we encounter on a daily basis, much like this family, the Kong toys are invaluable in incorporating them successfully into foster homes and weaning puppies from their mother.

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

We have always utilized Kong toys to help dogs in our care during kennel training to prevent boredom and separation anxiety. Our rescue is based in a rural part of southeast Florida, near the Everglades, and a lot of animals who come into our rescue are injured or suffer from tick-borne diseases and need extensive surgery and treatment. The Kong toys are indispensable during their recovery time.

How many pets did this grant help?

To date, more than 20 pets have benefited from the Kong toy grant and we are so grateful!

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

Our foster boy Honky Tonk has a blast playing with his Kong. He’s a big fella, about 90 lbs. with a head the size of a basketball. Prior to being rescued, he had suffered an injury to his back leg; it’s likely that he was hit by a car. It has already healed on its own and the vets do not think he is a candidate for surgical correction at this time. He loves to play, but will not be running any marathons any time soon. 🙂 While we were waiting for vet reports to come back, he was a happy camper playing with his Kong toys! Here is a link to his Petfinder profile: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/35024586rn

Sheyenne Valley Friends of Animals: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received a KONG toy grant, and we’ve used it for our adoptable animals.

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

We have had a few pets who need the extra stimulation to help them with their energy levels. This grant has worked wonders, especially for our pit bull, Prince, who has been in our care over a year now.

How many pets did this grant help?

Many, and it will continue to help them.

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

Prince is a purebred pit bull who has been in our care for over a year. He’s a very good boy, but he has a very high energy level, like most pit bulls, and we’ve been trying to find ways to help him with some of his extra energy. Prince, unfortunately, also has very bad allergies — something that special food is helping with — so we have to be careful with toys and treats. But KONG toys are something he can play with with no problems. So we’re very grateful to the Petfinder Foundation and KONG Company for this grant! Meet Prince: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/33313781

New England All Breed Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong grant was used to provide mental and physical stimulation to our shelter dogs during their stay with us.

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

Being in a kennel environment can be stressful for dogs. The Kongs were used to provide physical and mental stimulation during down time in their crates.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

One of our dogs named Rhondo has been with us for a while, and he was becoming stressed in the environment, which led to him getting into squabbles with other dogs. So he is isolated from the other dogs and needs much more mental stimulation than the other dogs. The Kong allowed for us to keep him happy, content and busy during his down time. Meet Rhondo: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/35904214

Animal House Sanctuary: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Product was used for our rescue dogs for a variety of reasons. To name a few: rewarding, keeping them from stealing food, everyday treating for seniors, and positive-reinforcement training.

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

The KONG grant helps our dogs in different ways. It helps with food aggression, rewarding dogs after specific training, and helps our senior dogs who are hospice cases by being their everyday treat, and helps some of our dogs with positive-reinforcement training.

How many pets did this grant help?

At least five, if not more

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

Prescott is a very food-motivated dog and a Kong keeps him from stealing from others and counter surfing. Caliber is an extremely smart dog and after his search-and-rescue training he is rewarded with a Kong. Buffy and Willow are two of our senior hospice cases and they enjoy their daily Kong as an everyday treat. Sweetie is a very nervous dog when it comes to being around other dogs. We use the Kong as a positive-reinforcement training method for her. She gets to enjoy her Kong after a pack walk.

Tails of Hope: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This amazing Kong grant was used to provide rescued death-row doggies with toys!

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

This grant provided rescued death-row doggies with toys for hours of entertainment! Many of our rescued pups are injured and/or need to recover from surgeries. In some cases, their injuries can be severe, and long periods of crate rest are required. Being able to provide these Kings has been so, so wonderful! In addition to utilizing these Kongs for our injured animals, many of our rescued dogs have never had toys before and need to learn how to play. It’s been such a blessing to be able to provide toys for all of our babies.

How many pets did this grant help?

About 80 — we gave each dog more than one toy!

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

At right are pictures of the Kongs we received and of two dogs who were in our care. Murphy (yellow Lab mix) and Martin (black Lab mix). Murphy and Martin needed lots and lots and lots of training before they were ready for adoption. Murphy was an enormous, exuberant puppy with the manners of a Neanderthal. He had never seen the inside of a home and didn’t grow up with littermates. Once he was rescued, he was socialized, but it was difficult. Being able to provide him with Kongs for quiet crate time made him so happy and comfortable. He began to thrive and understand better what was expected of him in his crate.

Martin had to be on crate rest for over a month while he recovered from leg surgery. Being able to provide him with a few different Kongs helped keep him occupied and content while he healed.

Both Murphy and Martin have gone on to find their perfect families! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Faithful Friends Animal Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The 25 Kong products were used as part of our enrichment programs for dogs at our shelter waiting for homes.

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

Volunteers stuff Kongs with treats and peanut butter to distribute to our shelter dogs on a regular basis. Kongs are donated by supporters, and this product grant was extremely helpful in increasing our stock of Kongs to support this effort.

How many pets did this grant help?

25

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

In addition to the dogs at our shelter, several of the Kong products from this grant went to dogs in foster care. Jeffrey (first and second photos) and his litter mates came to us after a regional shelter reached out for help. His mother rejected him and his litter mates and the shelter had no foster homes to care for them. The puppies were at risk of being euthanized. Faithful Friends found foster homes for the puppies and they were bottle-fed and loved. The photos seen here was taken when Jeffrey was 8 weeks old. He will be neutered this week and will be available for adoption soon after. As you can see, Jeffrey LOVES peanut-butter-filled Kongs and they do a great job of keeping him busy! Also included are photos of two other dogs are our shelter — Rex (third photo) and Sir (fourth photo) — enjoying Kong products.

Royalty Dog Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kongs were used for several of our rescue dogs who were either on kennel rest or were former puppy-mill dog moms who needed to learn how to play with toys to help them not be so stressed.

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

This grant helped us as we were able to provide a new experience for our puppy-mill dogs and for those who were on kennel rest due to heartworm treatment.

How many pets did this grant help?

6-8

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

Peach and Dory (first and second photos), King Charles cavaliers, were rescued from an Amish breeder in May of 2016. They were 3 and 4 years old and had spent their entire lives living in small kennels where their only purpose was to produce puppies. They were surrendered to our rescue vet and ordered to be killed, as they were not producing enough litters. Peach and Dory were not only afraid of humans, but had never played with toys. What a joy and pleasure it was to watch them enjoy their Kongs — especially Dory, who was very shy! Peach and Dory were adopted by the same family. Not only are they now comfortable with people, but they love playing with toys!

Alexander (third photo) was a Black Russian terrier who was surrendered in July at the age of 5 years old when his owner could no longer care for him. Alexander had lived with his owner from the time he was 8 weeks old and he had a very rough time adjusting to being away from her. The Kong toy provided him with comfort and he had so much enjoyment playing with it. The toy helped him bond with his foster family and, when he was adopted, we sent the toy with him so he and his new dad could spend hours playing together.

This is the Dog!: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We were very excited to receive the KONG toy grant this summer! Pets in our care are kept in foster homes until they are well enough to go home with their forever families. This summer, our organization was notified of a mom dog with close to 10 puppies living under a storage unit at a local elementary school. For dogs that we encounter on a daily basis, much like this family, the Kong toys are invaluable in incorporating them successfully into foster homes and weaning puppies from their mother.

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

We have always utilized Kong toys to help dogs in our care during kennel training to prevent boredom and separation anxiety. Our rescue is based in a rural part of southeast Florida, near the Everglades, and a lot of animals who come into our rescue are injured or suffer from tick-borne diseases and need extensive surgery and treatment. The Kong toys are indispensable during their recovery time.

How many pets did this grant help?

To date, more than 20 pets have benefited from the Kong toy grant and we are so grateful!

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

For the family living under a storage unit we mentioned above, we were able to quickly get all 10 puppies to safety, but the mother would not come near us. We named her Rainbow. She was very distrustful of humans and we set a humane trap to bring her to safety. It took several days to trap her, but once we did we were able to reunite her with her family. After a few days, we discovered that not only was Rainbow extremely emaciated, she also suffered from pyometra [a uterine infection] and mastitis in several teats and she had to undergo multiple surgeries to save her life. The Kong toys were helpful to alleviate her boredom while she was recovering from her surgery.

Because she was not able to nurse any longer, her puppies were able to use the Kong toys in their foster home while weaning. We are still working daily on helping mom Rainbow get better physically and socially. She has a long road ahead of her, but we are determined to make every new day better than the one before it. Like Rainbow, her puppies were very ill, and several required blood transfusions. They are now thriving, and little Xena (first photo) is the spunkiest of the bunch. As you can tell, she LOVES her Kong toy and we can’t wait to see the lucky family that ends up adopting her! Her Petfinder profile can be viewed here: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36236897

Oglala Pet Project: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Products were used for pets in foster care through OPP.

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

Kept pets busy with new toys to play with.

How many pets did this grant help?

We received eight Kongs, I believe, so they went to different pets.

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

Bison enjoyed his Kong to keep busy and pass the time while his foster family was not home. At right are photos of Bison, who suffered from severe mange and a secondary skin infection. He has been in foster care for almost two months through our program.

Wings of Love Parrot Rescue of the Bluegrass, Inc.: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Our Kong toy grant was used to supply toys for the birds of our rescue organization.

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

Toys for captive birds offer foraging options and play-time that is vital to their health and well-being.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Jojo, our blue and gold macaw, really loves his Kong toy that we tied to his favorite rope. He loves to swing it back and forth and chew on the Kong. From his Petfinder profile: “Jojo is a blue and gold macaw. We were told he is male. He is about 10 years old, so any potential adopter should plan to be committed to him for at least the next 50 years, as macaws live 60-75 years. Jojo has had a rough life before coming to the rescue. He was neglected for several years, which led to him chewing and plucking his feathers. He has stopped barbering and plucking and his feathers are now growing back in nicely. Because of some of his behaviors, we suspect Jojo was abused, but he is growing more confident daily, and he is a really sweet bird once he has a few days to get to know you. Jojo can be nippy when he’s in his cage, but when he’s outside the cage he is quite a lovebug. He talks a little and loves to dance to music. ” Meet Jojo: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/35643707

St. Animal Pet Adoptions: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

For our dogs.

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

We are a small shelter and cannot afford to buy Kongs. These Kongs were given to our shelter dogs and foster dogs. These Kongs were filled with peanut butter and small pieces of dog food. This gives them something to do while in their kennels at the shelter for long periods of time. We also gave out Kongs to our foster dogs. The dog I foster, Penny, is a high-energy dog and this really helps her to calm down.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

I am fostering Penny, a Coonhound mix, and she is a very high-energy dog. She is always looking for something to do, and giving her a Kong with peanut butter mixed with dry dog food is her favorite thing. When she sees me making one, she will go straight to her kennel and wait for me to give it to her. Giving her one at night when it’s time to settle down and “go to bed” has worked really well for her. When the box of Kongs were received, Penny decided to help herself. I told her she had to share the Kongs with the other shelter dogs. Meet Penny: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/33438659

Clinton Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toys were used to give the stronger dogs more durable toys to play with while they are in our care.

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

We usually have several pit bulls in our care at any given time and anyone who has had the pleasure of meeting these beautiful dogs can attest to the fact that play a little rough and can easily destroy any toy in a matter of minutes! With the Kong toys, especially the heavy-duty black variety, they can play for longer without us having to worry about them swallowing pieces of plastic or fabric that could cause them internal harm. We have to be careful of this so that no animal is harmed while in our care, or goes to a new home with an unknown blockage that could leave a new owner with high vet bills or worse.

How many pets did this grant help?

Around 10

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

Nook came to our shelter after bouncing to three different homes in his short seven months. Like any pup, he’s a rambunctious fella and could make quick work of any toy we gave him! The Kong toys we received were perfect for him. He could have hours of fun without ruining his toy in the process, and with the hidey hole for treats, they are even better than conventional dog toys. Meet Nook: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36205704

Pals for Paws, Inc.: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toys were used to provide dogs in rescue with a soothing toy for times when they were in kennels.

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

This grant helps us provide the animals in our care awaiting their forever homes something to focus their energy on during the times they are kenneled. Many dogs who don’t have something to attract their attention when in a kennel will become barky and jumpy. This causes others to also become anxious and can become quite chaotic.

How many pets did this grant help?

We have an average of 20-25 dogs in our facility at a time. We used all 17 Kongs, and the great thing is they can be soaked in a sanitizer and used for the next dog who comes in, meaning each Kong can help several dogs!

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

Kong toys are a wonderful way to engage puppies and high-energy dogs during kennel time. The Kong grant helped many of the dogs we have in rescue by giving them somewhere to focus their energy when they are in their kennels. We fill the toys with peanut butter and give each dog their own toy. Pictured is Sadie. From her Petfinder profile: “Sadie is a very playful, happy-go-lucky, 5-month-old, 35-lb. hound dog looking for a new family. She loves everyone: kids, cats, and other dogs. She is very playful and will do best in a home with a fenced-in yard for her to play in. She is a smart girl and she loves to please, so she learns very fast. She will make a wonderful companion for any family.” Meet Sadie: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/32590343

The Animal Shelter of Texas County: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used this product to help with stimulation for the shelter animals. They get so bored in kennels that this enables us to help to keep them calmer and entertained. The animals love flipping them around in order to get the treats.

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

It helped us by enabling us to entertain the animals and create a stimulating environment for them. The Kongs really enable us to stimulate the animals and aid greatly with “kennel craziness.”

How many pets did this grant help?

45+ but we sanitize them and use with other animals.

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

Scarlette is a 3-year-old Pit Bull female whom we were called about the Friday after Thanksgiving 2015. Scarlette was very pregnant, and was chained to a dog house at the bottom of a hill. It had rained for five days straight and the water came straight down the hill and into her dog house. She could not take shelter in her dog house or anywhere else; her chain was just too short. It was discovered that Scarlette’s owner was in jail and had been for two weeks; the neighbors had been feeding her. We went and got her and brought her to TASTC. Three days later Scarlette had nine healthy, huge puppies.

Scarlette was such a good momma to the babies. They were all adopted out, but Scarlette still sits here waiting for her forever home. The Kong toys quickly became Scarlette’s favorite part of the day. She gets lots of out-of-kennel time because she is so loving, but she takes her Kong with her wherever she goes. Scarlette will find a forever home soon, we hope. She will take her Kong with her.

Massena Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Our Kongs were used to reduce stress and provide stimulation for our dogs.

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

We are on a very tight budget and we love making sure all dogs have at least one Kong toy during their stay with us.

How many pets did this grant help?

20 plus and counting

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

Chance was a challenging dog to place even though he was a great dog. Being a Pit Bull always presents special challenges when a dog is trying to find a wonderful home. Dogs of this breed do not do well being kenneled. They need companionship and they love being around people. Having a Kong toy provided stimulation and allowed him to chew and reduce some stress. He has been adopted!

Lost Our Home Pet Foundation, dba Lost Our Home Pet Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

To provide enrichment opportunities for our shelter dogs

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

The Kong toys were used as part of our Enrichment Program to keep our dogs healthy, happy and emotionally sound until they are adopted.
• The Kongs engage our dogs’ attention and help create a more stimulating environment for them
• They direct their energy towards something positive by using them in training exercises
• We create a longer-lasting source of entertainment by layering the insides of the Kongs with peanut butter and dry dog food and freezing them (a great summer treat!)
• They keep our dogs mentally engaged and diverted them into some important quiet time
• They give the dogs an opportunity to play and chew, which has decreased their stress levels and increased their chances of adoption and success in a new home.

The Kongs are such a big hit with the dogs that a volunteer bought and donated a new freezer just for keeping a large supply of frozen Kong treats.

How many pets did this grant help?

32 and counting with every new dog we take in

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

Harley (first photo), a beautiful, loving 3.5-year-old cattle dog/pit bull mix, was brought to Lost Our Home Pet Rescue in March 2016 by a kind soul who noticed him wandering the streets near us. Harley had been microchipped but the chip had not been registered, so we had no way of contacting his owner. While Harley received daily interaction with humans and regular physical stimulation, it wasn’t long before we began to notice some shelter deterioration.

Soon after the Kongs arrived, we noticed Harley’s stress level decreasing as he played with the Kongs. He was thrilled with his new toys! His playful behavior got him noticed by a foster in June who is “super in love” with him and will more than likely adopt him. We made sure that Harley’s favorite Kong toys went with him to the foster’s home.

Here is a great video clip that was shared on our social media of Harley taking all the Kong toys out of the box and putting them on his bed: https://www.facebook.com/lostourhome/videos/1199035270121155/

Moo (second photo) was adopted about three weeks after the Kongs arrived. From her Petfinder profile: “I’m one spunky puppy who is only two months into my adventure in this fun world! I think people and toys are super fun. I probably spend about 50% of my time being a silly puppy and the other 50% of my time passed out like I’ve never slept a day in my life. My new family needs to know that I will need training, but I’m a smart girl who’s eager to learn I promise! Please come play with me today and maybe even think about adopting me while you’re at it?”

Another success story is the entire shelter! It’s always quiet during Kong playtime, even when people are walking through. This is a testament to how engaged the dogs are with the Kongs and how much they love their frozen Kong treats.

Your generous donation of Kong toys have made Harley’s and all the dogs’ lives in our shelter brighter and less stressful. Thank you!

Perry County Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

To give our dogs something to keep them occupied while we aren’t with them.

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

It gave us toys we couldn’t afford for our dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Orie came in in pretty bad shape and didn’t know how to act when we first got her. She has come a long way; she didn’t even know how to play with toys, and when she would, she would shred them, but she can’t destroy the Kongs. They are great for our dogs.

Pictured is Jobe, “a very sweet guy who loves to run and play. He loves kids, plays well with dogs and loves to ride.” Meet Jobe: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/34875551

Olive Branch Animal Rescue and Refuge, Inc.: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received a box of Kong toys. We used these toys for interactive play with staff, volunteers, and prospective adopters. Some of the dogs do get bored in their kennels. The Kong toys are wonderful to help alleviate their boredom. We also have a couple of senior dogs who have trouble with some toys due to dental issues and they love the toys with a bit of peanut butter for them to lick.

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

Our kennel has an attached one-acre play yard for the dogs. They take turns throughout the day in the yard. The Kong toys are great for everyone to play with the dogs. The variety of toys we received was wonderful. We have dogs of all different ages and abilities, and all of them are able to enjoy playing with them or working for the hidden treat. Staff and volunteers are able to have a good interaction with the dogs. We really love the fact that prospective adopters are able to have a much more productive interaction with the dogs through play. It really lets the adopters see more of their unique personalities while playing with them. Our dogs get excited when they see the Kong toys and it does make for a better experience for everyone. The Kong toys have really helped with socialization of the dogs: They see a toy and smell a treat and their curiosity is piqued. A curious dog is much easier to socialize. Our goal is to find as many of our animals loving, safe forever homes as possible, and the interaction of the dogs with the Kong toys gives us good insight as to how to best match a dog and family for a successful adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

Every dog who has passed through our facility since we received this grant has been positively affected by the Kong product grant.

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

We have a dog named Romeo (first photo) who came to us from county law enforcement in December. He and two other dogs were chained to metal junk behind a house that should have been condemned years ago. All three were starved, neglected, and, we suspect, abused. When law enforcement became involved only two dogs were left; the third had frozen to death. Romeo and Reggie were thin and flea-infested, and both had terrible double ear infections. Reggie was adopted pretty quickly. Romeo is a Staffordshire terrier mix. With the negative reputation these dogs have gotten, we were having trouble finding him his forever home. He is the sweetest dog I have ever met. Using the Kong toys for interactive play with adopters, families are able to see how he interacts with their children and get a better idea of how he will behave in a more relaxed setting.

Romeo has a pending adoption. The family has been approved and they have been visiting Romeo so they can all get to know each other, and after a few more visits, he will be fostering with them. We are very excited about this adoption! Romeo has been through so much in his two short years. The adopter is a former police k-9 unit and will be a wonderful influence on Romeo.

Humane Society of Loudoun County: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Humane Society of Loudoun County (VA) received $140 worth of Kong dog toys from the Petfinder Foundation, which were immediately put into play by our awesome foster dogs!

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

The Humane Society of Loudoun County is dedicated to implementing the 11 components of the No-Kill Equation — Partnerships, Volunteers, Foster Care, TNR, Pet Retention, Adoption, Community Involvement, Medical & Behavioral Rehabilitation, Spay/Neuter, Lost & Found, and Compassion — to save 90% or more of the homeless pets in our community. Having a supply of dog-friendly toys available to our volunteers makes the transition easier for newly arriving dogs: HSLC often intakes dogs from troubled Southern Virginia shelters. The dogs arrive tired, hungry and uncertain, but once they are greeted with a kind word, dinner and their very own toys, they are able to relax and display their true personalities.

How many pets did this grant help?

8

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

Meet Khaleesi. She’s a friendly girl with lots of energy! Very sweet and playful. She has lots of love to give and she’s still waiting for her forever home. As a pit bull terrier mix, she can look intimidating to some people. The Kong toys allow us to showcase Lesi as the playful pup she actually is. Thank you for supporting our volunteers and their lucky foster dogs through this Kong toy grant! Meet Khaleesi: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/34749135

Lynchburg Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kongs were used for enrichment for the dogs in our care.

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

Kongs are always helpful in enrichment for the dogs in our care. It helps the dogs be more comfortable while at our shelter by providing Kongs.

How many pets did this grant help?

100+ and still helping!

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

Bill (pictured) is a great example of a dog who was helped by this Kong Toy Grant. Bill loves people. He wants to be with people as much as possible. But when he is not with someone, he is comforted by the Kong toys while he waits for the next person to come into his room. It was difficult to photograph Bill with a Kong toy because when someone is in the room with him, he wants to be with them. But be assured, he loves them and has benefited very much from the Kongs. Bill’s story is similar to a lot of the dogs we see here at LHS. They would rather be in a loving home, but while they wait, they love to have the Kong toys to keep them busy.

We currently house a dog whose owner is incarcerated. Since this is not a dog who is adoptable, we will change his name for his privacy; we will call him Charlie. Charlie is a beautiful and sweet dog, but gets nervous and destructive in the kennel. We provide him with a Kong toy stuffed with treats each day, and this keeps him busy and makes his days in the shelter environment much more bearable. Charlie receives lots of love and attention from our staff, but obviously someone cannot be with him every hour of every day, so the Kong toys help him work out that nervous energy and provide him with something to do. The Kong toys have made such a difference with Charlie.

Safe Haven Puppy Sanctuary: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We use the Kong toys for puppies to play with. Also, with every adoption, we give a care package, of which there is a Kong toy in every adoption bag.

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

Usually at Safe Haven Puppy Sanctuary, puppies come to us so young, or from not the best situations. The toys we give them are probably their first experience of having one. Kongs are toys that will stand up to the test of puppy teeth!

How many pets did this grant help?

We used five Kongs for the shelter and the other 15 went into care packages for newly adopted puppies going to their new homes.

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

Paco, a.k.a. Popcorn, has his favorite Kong toy that he played with at his foster home. Kong toys can stand up to puppy play. He also gets to take it to his new forever home. He’s been adopted!

Humane Society of Polk County, Inc.: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The products of the KONG grant were used in the enrichment of our dogs and puppies. With the more durable toys, the dogs were able to chew and play with them a lot longer than the usual toys our facility gets through donations. Itf was nice to receive the variety that we did because potential adoptive parents had options to see which ones the dogs liked best while they were getting to know them better.

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

It helped us by giving us more durable, longer-lasting toys for the dogs to play with. With the added enrichment, the dogs were mentally and physically stimulated.

How many pets did this grant help?

All of the dogs in facility and at one point a litter of 12 puppies. Right around 20 dogs total.

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

Aggie is a 2-year-old pit bull who came in when her owner was arrested. She was always a very sweet and playful dog. The biggest reason that people were passing her over was because when you walked by her kennel, every single toy she had would be chewed to a million pieces. People did not want a destructive dog in their home. But with the KONG toys, she could be her playful self without complete destruction throughout her entire kennel. She has now happily been adopted by a great family.

Arizona Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Arizona Humane Society used the Kong product grant to provide dogs going through our behavior-modification with extra kennel enrichment. As we wash and reuse these toys, they are a staple of our new kennel enrichment program and will continue to benefits dogs.

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

As AHS works to launch its kennel-enrichment program, this grant helped us get the program off to a good start by providing those dogs most in need of extra in-kennel stimulation with a Kong toy. The stimulation provided by Kong toys deeply aligns with our behavior-modification team’s goals to save the lives of dogs facing a challenging rehabilitation path by creating stimulating, stress-reducing kennel experiences while working with each dog to build the best possible opportunity and outcome from a shelter environment. As a result, AHS’s behavior team highly recommends Kong toys to adopters and participants in our behavior training courses all of the time. We love to demonstrate to dog owners in our community how Kong toys can provide additional support as they work to train their dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

AHS received 34 Kong toys, which are currently all in use by dogs who need a little more work on their behavior before they can be placed for adoption. Given that we can wash and reuse these Kong toys, this grant will continue to help shelter dogs in the coming year, and we suspect that over the course of the year it will help provide kennel enrichment to hundreds of shelter dogs going through our behavior-modification program.

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

Bodhi, a white pit bull mix, is a very active puppy in our behavior-modification program. Our behavior team has been working with him on some basic manners and impulse control. He is beginning to respond to, and is willing to work for, treats but he has a ways to go until he is completes his behavior program. While working through his behavior treatment plan, Bodhi came down with kennel cough. The Petfinder Foundation’s Kong product grant arrived at the right moment and has been a life-saver for Bodhi as he recovers in his isolation kennel. In the photo, you’ll see Bodhi enjoying a black Kong kennel enrichment toy as he recovers and finishes his medical and behavior treatment before being placed for adoption.

When he is not working on his manners and control, a high-energy pup like Bodhi needs things to occupy his time while he’s hanging out in his kennel. The variety of Kong toys that were donated by the Petfinder Foundation have helped provide Bodhi and many other AHS behavior dogs with engaging and enriching activities that reduce kennel stress. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation!

PAWS Chicago: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The KONG toys were used to provide enrichment for dogs at our Lincoln Park Adoption Center and Medical Center.

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

The large durable KONG toys are especially helpful in providing enrichment for sick or injured dogs who may need to spend time in isolation, recovering. The KONG Flyer Dog Toy is perfect for playing fetch with our high-energy dogs on the rooftop deck at our Adoption Center. Attached is a photo of Nathaniel enjoying the KONG Flyer on our roof the day we received the grant (third photo)! We are happy to report Nathaniel has since been adopted!

How many pets did this grant help?

12

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

Even though he is quite little, Salsa (first and second photos) enjoys the big-dog KONG toys! He was thrilled when he got his new toy — as you can see in the second photo, it is almost as big as he is! Salsa was adopted the day after this photo was taken! Carlyle (fourth photo) has enjoyed playing with the KONG toys as well, especially when they are stuffed with treats and peanut butter. Carlyle is a 9-month-old American Stafford terrier whom we rescued from Chicago Animal Care and Control. Carlyle is currently being treated for the highly contagious canine influenza virus and is in isolation for treatment.

Crossed Paws Animal Haven: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received KONG toys for our puppies in our rescue to play with and stimulate their minds.

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

Receiving the KONG toys has allowed us to replace the old toys we had and provide new toys that we can let our current and future rescue dogs play with. The toys give our dogs the opportunity to keep busy if they are in a crate or play with one another when they are out in the yard for exercise and not destroy any children’s toys.

How many pets did this grant help?

5+

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

We rescued Scruffy Duffy (pictured) who had been attacked by another dog and needed surgery to stitch up his wounds. He requires isolation from the other fosters as he recovers from his traumatic experience, and the KONG toys allow him stimulation while he is crated and when he is outside, reducing the chance he’ll roughhouse with the other fosters and open his wounds and cause re-injury. Meet Scruffy Duffy: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/35044580

Lucky Paws Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received Kong toys; they were given to puppies in our care.

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

Typically we must purchase new toys for every puppy we have, as disease can spread easily, or they are destroyed by puppies. These toys can be sanitized and used over and over.

How many pets did this grant help?

Ongoing — we are still using the toys. They’ve gone through around 30+ puppies so far.

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

The toys came at a time when we had a mother with a litter of pups. The pups were destroying every toy we gave them. The Kong toys were perfect — they kept the puppies busy and they were unable to tear up the toys. For three weeks, those puppies played with their toys and we were able to interact with them.

Bark and Roll Rescue Companions: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong products were used to socialize our puppies, keep our sick/recovering puppies from becoming bored while on crate rest and help distract during procedures.

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

The Kong products were great options to keep the pups in our foster homes busy during the day while in their crates and foster parents were at work.

How many pets did this grant help?

10+

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

The Kong products were wonderful distractions for pups in our care like Fury (first two photos), who had to have daily eye meds placed. Before the grant, we would have to hold him down to administer his eye medication; however, we when were able to give him a stuffed Kong toy, he stood happily to let us put the salve in his eyes. We also were able to socialize our orphaned puppies and help them learn proper social skills as well as bite inhibition, and to help with teething for those with new chompers coming in, as in the case of Captain (third photo). The last photo is Brule, who has been diagnosed with an inoperable heart defect. She is a 3.5-month-old hospice puppy who has some days when she is physically unable to play, so the Kong gives her an outlet to exercise her mind and expend some energy constructively chewing while on crate rest.

Mit Liebe German Shepherd Dog Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The KONGs MLGSDR received will be used for our new intake dogs who are kept at the boarding kennel until they find their foster or forever homes. The KONG will be theirs to keep and moved along with them as they go from boarding to foster to forever homes. The excess KONGs will be utilized at our facility that we keep our “permanent” residents at.

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

The KONG toy grant helped MLGSDR by providing long-lasting, mentally stimulating toys that our new intakes and permanent residents can utilize. German shepherds can be very destructive when they are bored, and by providing them with a tough toy like a KONG, that will help keep their minds busy while they wait to find their forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Rubble has been looking for a foster or forever home for over eight weeks now and has been spending his time in the boarding kennel. I delivered a KONG to him after we received the package and he loved chewing and chasing it. The KONG will help him pass the time he spends in his kennel and will make his outside time even more enjoyable since he loves chasing his KONG. Meet Rubble: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/34602950

SevaDog: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received a box of 8-10 small KONGS.

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

KONGS are an excellent way to stimulate the mind of a dog. While waiting in their little rooms they can get bored and lonely. KONGS take away the boredom and make their experience inside much more pleasant.

How many pets did this grant help?

The refurbished KONGS last for about three months before coming apart. Potentially the KONGS will go through at least 30 dogs but 8-10 at a time.

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

We took in two min pin puppies surviving parvo. They were tiny, and so playful. But they had to be separated from the other dogs until they were completely healthy. KONGs saved their minds and gave them some exercise. We were very grateful for the timing of the donation. Both girls have been adopted!

Cedar Bend Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This KONG grant was used to add joy to the lives of our homeless pets. We filled each one with peanut butter, cheese, treats and catnip, froze them overnight, and distributed them to each pet the next day. Our animals were in heaven! Please view the video on our facebook page here: http://bit.ly/1QOnn6m

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

KONGs offer kennel enrichment; satisfy the need to play, chew, and engage; and keep minds sharp and occupied. They also have a calming effect on the pets, which is always a good side to be seen by potential adopters. Thank you!

How many pets did this grant help?

50+

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

One dog in particular, Olivia, a lab-pit bull mix, was always a bit cranky when people got too close to her cube. She never snapped or lunged, but she would snarl a bit as she turned away from potential adopters. But the day she got her frozen peanut butter KONG treat, she was in seventh heaven, and much calmer and more approachable to visitors. She has since been adopted!

Humane Society of Western Montana: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received the KONG product grant valued at $139.50 on Jan. 7, 2016. The Humane Society of Western Montana is committed to “Saving Every Animal Every Time.” In support of this mission, we don’t set a time limit on a pet’s stay with us, and ensure shelter pets have everything they need while they’re in our care. For many pets that’s a special treat or a nice distraction, and KONGs are perfect!

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

Lora O’Connor, former Executive Director of the Humane Society of Western Montana, was thrilled to hear we were selected as a recipient. “Many years ago, we received a box of KONGs as a donation and began enriching shelter dogs’ kennel time with peanut butter and biscuits. Today, we believe in providing physical, emotional and medical care for the pets in our care so much that it is part of our mission statement. We use KONGs daily to keep our shelter dogs busy and happy while they await adoption.”

How many pets did this grant help?

200-400: Dogs in our care receive one KONG a day almost every day.

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

Woodstock, a shepherd-mix puppy, came to the Humane Society of Western Montana at the end of 2015 with his mom and seven puppy siblings. Since the pups were still too young to be in a shelter environment, they lived with one of our dedicated foster families until they were old enough to be adopted. The puppies came back to the shelter in January 2016. At eight weeks old, their personalities were showing through. While each pup was unique, it was clear they were a close litter and loved being around each other.

One by one, families came and adopted the pups. And, one by one, they overlooked Woodstock, the runt of the litter, until Woodstock was the only pup left. We tried promoting him on social media and highlighting him on our website, but he still stuck around. And it became apparent that he missed his puppy siblings. His energy level changed, he was less excited, not as playful, and somewhat uninterested in his food.

Concerned about his behaviors, we tried a small puppy KONG filled with some tasty treats — and it worked! It gave Woodstock something to do while he waited for his perfect family. And a few days later, that perfect family showed up!

We recognize the value of KONGs for our shelter pets. To us, they are more than toys — they are a great tool. Whether a pet needs some mental stimulation when it’s too cold to go outside, or needs to pass the time while they wait for a family like Woodstock, or just wants a fun treat, KONGs are a daily tool for the Humane Society of Western Montana.

Hardin Animal Relocation and Transition Team (HARTT): KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received a grant of Kong toys on Jan. 11, 2016, for use with our foster dogs and puppies in our rescue. Since receiving the Kong toys, we have used them with over 300 animals who have passed through our rescue. When we received the physical toys, we shared a photo of them with our Facebook fans (over 45,000 likes) and let everyone know how excited we were that the babies would have great toys to play with for the New Year.

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

We were so excited to receive toys that could be washed and sanitized daily for our puppies to play with and chew on. As a rescue that deals mostly with litters of puppies that we bring into foster homes, vet, and then transfer to northern rescues who find them homes, we have many litters in puppy playpens and exercise pens who are really in quarantine from outside play or being with other animals. Since they don’t get out of their pens except during cleaning periods each day, the time that they can play and entertain themselves is important. Of course, the toys get dirty and need to be cleaned. With Kongs, we can clean them and disinfect them easily with soap, water and bleach. We can also sanitize between litters to keep infection or disease from transferring between litters like we do with the puppy pens, water and food bowls. The puppies and big dogs loved having treats inside the Kongs as well. They have a great time following them around as they wobble across the pen. Once a puppy comes out of quarantine, they can play with their toys nicely on a hardwood floor while waiting for their adopter to come pick them up. 😉

How many pets did this grant help?

These toys have entertained and enriched about 300 dogs and puppies in just the last three months, and they will continue to help animals throughout the year.

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

We get litters of puppies who are scared and fearful due to having been dumped in the woods, or who are not being used to human touch for whatever reason. These puppies are usually so used to just survival that they have no idea how to play. Usually, the Kongs will sit ignored in their pens for a few days, but then in a day or two, one of them finds that it can be chewed on. Then another will play keep-away from a sibling and it becomes a fun thing that they enjoy playing with together. Then we find that they take it into their sleeping areas as a prize to keep safe. They look forward to getting their clean areas with their new Kong toys several times a day at that point. It is a pleasure to see them come out of their shells and just relax and play!

Save A Life Pet Rescue Team: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong Toy Grant was used to enrich the lives of dogs and puppies in foster care while awaiting adoption.

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

The Kong Toy Grant helped Save A Life Pet Rescue continue its mission of helping abandoned and neglected animals in the Central Florida area successfully find forever homes. The toys helped our dogs and puppies transition easily from foster homes to forever homes by providing amusement, and safely engaging and accommodating natural chewing behavior. The toys were recommended to new adopters to provide a seamless transition in the household. The rescue and adoption process can be very stressful changes for dogs and puppies. Having the Kong Toy Grant prevented common stresses and destructive behaviors that allowed for a successful adoption. The toys are durable and easy to clean, use, and reuse.

How many pets did this grant help?

50

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

KiKi, a young Chihuahua mix, is very active and social and didn’t like to be crated. She would bark, paw, and bite at the crate every time. Her foster introduced her to the Kong toy, filling it with lots of hard-to-reach treats that kept KiKi so busy, she forgot she was in a crate! Needless to say, KiKi was so well-behaved at the adoption event, she was one of the first dogs to be adopted by the perfect family!

Mikey is a Chihuahua-mix puppy in a litter of four. Mikey and his brothers and sisters loved their Kong toys. Mikey and his littermates were rambunctious little pups, to say the least. The toys were especially useful to teach these pups what was okay and not okay to chew. They had a bad habit of chewing their water and food dishes. Using the Kong toys helped keep them occupied and stopped them from chewing on the bowls.

Saving Paws Animal Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the Kongs for our foster dogs.

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

This helped our foster dogs by giving them additional enrichment. It also helped our organization financially, as we did not have to purchase the Kongs.

How many pets did this grant help?

12 of our foster dogs, and it will help additional ones also.

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

As you can see, both big and little dogs love Kongs. They provide hours of entertainment. Both of these babies are under 1 year old and are teething — Kongs are the best.

River Cities Bully Buddies: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The product has been used for puppy play/shenanigans.

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

The box of puppy Kongs has provided mental as well as physical stimulation and has helped to keep our rambunctious pups in foster homes stimulated and content, which in turn keeps our foster families happy!

How many pets did this grant help?

We have used three them. We have more adults than puppies at this time.

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

This is a photograph of Jewel, one of our “forest babies” (they were found abandoned in the woods at approximately 6 weeks of age) with her KONG toy. It is difficult to get a photograph of any of the pups in action, they just blur. So we had to settle for a picture of her and the KONG together. According to her foster mom, she would run up to the toy, bark, nudge it and then run off, repeat. She would occasionally grab it and run just like a child showing off her new toy. Foster Mom would also fill it with peanut butter occasionally, which would keep Jewel busy for a long time so Mom could get some housework done. Thank you again for supporting our mission and helping to make our pups AND foster families happy!

UPDATE: Jewel has been adopted!

Boxer Rescue of Idaho: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received the Kong grant.

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

Boxers love Kongs! Many of the boxers coming to us have separation anxiety. Giving the boxer a Kong that has been filled with yummy treats and frozen when the dog is being left alone helps the boxer to learn that good things happen when he is left alone.

How many pets did this grant help?

Countless! The Kongs will be used for many boxers yet to come to us.

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

Sabrina (first photo) came to us with severe separation anxiety. On top of the separation anxiety, she was terrified of a crate and would not go near it. Starting out slowly, we started placing her Kong close to her crate, then right by the crate, and eventually in the crate with the door open. We are still working on the separation anxiety, but with the help of a Kong, she is no longer terrified of her crate, which is a huge step for Sabrina.

Brown County Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toys that we received were used to provide enrichment and play time for the dogs in our care. Our behavior specialist was also able to use the product during training sessions as rewards for the animals he was working with. In addition, it is also a great training toy for the puppies we have in our care.

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

Boredom is a constant issue that the dogs in our care face every day. The Kong toys you provided give our dogs a break from their boredom and allow them to get some mental stimulation during times when staff are not able to play with them. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that every dog in our care receives the highest quality of life possible while waiting for their new forever home. The Kong toys allow them to be mentally stimulated and get a fun treat in the process, which is always an added bonus.

Also, using the Kong toys for the puppies we have in our care can alleviate their boredom as well as promote proper chewing habits as they continue to grow. Puppies and their chewing can always be a concern for a potential adopter, so developing the habit of our puppies playing with Kongs during times of intense chewing is something that can make life better for both puppies and their adopters further down the road.

How many pets did this grant help?

To date, it has helped over 20 dogs in our care. But we still have more Kongs to share, so in all this grant should help at least 50 dogs.

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

Zorro (first photo) is a dog who has been in our care for several months. Unfortunately, Zorro has a few behavioral issues our staff is working through before we find him the perfect family. After being in a shelter for an extended amount of time, a dog can decline and begin to show symptoms of boredom and this can affect their mental health. Zorro was a part of the first play group we introduced the new Kong toys to when we received your generous grant. To be able to see a dog who is usually cautious and unsure of new things be so excited about this new toy was amazing. He was all wiggles and truly enjoyed his new toy. It provided some much-needed mental stimulation and allowed him to get out some of his energy by playing with his new toy. For however long Zorro stays with us, we will ensure that he receives all the stimulation and exercise he needs, including the use of the Kong toys you donated.
UPDATE: Zorro has been adopted!

Corbin (second photo) was one of a litter of five puppies we received. He was the last puppy to be adopted and so he was without his playmates for about a week before finding his new home. The Kong toy provided him a fun, new and interesting toy to stimulate his mind as well as promote the proper chewing habits he needed in his new home. Being able to chew on his Kong toy helped Corbin to learn not to chew on other items in his foster parents’ home. Also, by sending this toy home with him, it also gave him something familiar when he met his new family, which helped to reduce his stress level during the first few days in a new environment.
UPDATE: Corbin has been adopted!

Chloe (third photo), a foxhound mix, has also been adopted.

Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received a KONG product grant valued at $139.50. We received several KONG toys of various sizes that were used to provide enrichment for the dogs in our care.

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

This grant helped the dogs in our care by providing enrichment. This was especially helpful given that the dogs must be taken on short walks by volunteers in the cold winter months. We prepare the KONGs by stuffing them with a mixture of peanut butter, canned dog food, and kibble. Then we freeze them. The frozen KONGs are given to each dog on a daily basis. This helps keep them busy and provides very good mental stimulation for them.

UPDATE: Mr. T has been adopted!

How many pets did this grant help?

20 and counting!

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

Mr. T (first and second photos) is a pit bull mix whom we have had at our shelter for several months. He is very energetic and does not show very well in his kennel, which results in him getting looked over by adopters. With it being so cold outside right now, he doesn’t get as much outdoor time as he should. While he does get multiple short walks every day, it was not doing much to help with his frustration. Thanks to this KONG product grant, Mr. T gets a stuffed frozen KONG every day and we have seen a significant improvement in his mental health as exhibited by a decrease in stereotypical behaviors. He also shows much better in his kennel!

Needy Paws Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Kongs were distributed to all fosters who had foster dogs waiting for toys. Some were used at our adoption events to keep our adoptable dogs calm and relaxed while families visited with them.

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

Kongs are a part of the Needy Paws Rescue organization to help our dogs through anxiety, stress and for just pure pleasure! Our fosters do various versions of Kong treats to change up their foster dogs’ excitement and one of those is putting peanut butter inside the Kong, freezing it and then letting a pup enjoy it! We also hold weekly Petsmart Adoption Events where our dogs sit in crates while waiting for potential adopters, and it is a stressful time for them to settle in for three hours. Kongs become extremely helpful to relax the dogs as well as show potential adopters the calmer side of each dog.

How many pets did this grant help?

40+ dogs

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

About seven months ago, a call came out to rescuers as follows: A stray from Gideon, MO, found with her puppies that were going to be given away for free at a WalMart. She was very shy, semi-feral, about 25-30 lbs., good with dogs, doesn’t want to be petted and will flee if given the chance. Need a secure fenced yard. Her milk is drying up and the poor girl is scared and needs to decompress. A Needy Paws Rescue foster mom stepped up to be the trainer and named her Foxy Mama (first photo). She has continuously worked with her to show her what love is all about and how to be a family member. She is our “feral in training” and has been with Needy Paws Rescue for about seven months. Her foster mom recently brought her to our adoption event to mingle with other dogs. The socialization would be good for her. Foxy Mama was there as we were giving the Kongs to foster dogs in their crates, so a Kong was placed in front of her on the floor (second photo). Her expression is priceless, as if to say, “Is this for me?” Meet Foxy Mama: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/33895070

Lovebugs Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received 20 Kong toys and they were given to our foster care providers. We randomly selected dogs that responded to playing with the Kongs and then let them take the toys to their forever homes upon adoption.

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

With over 295 rescues and adoptions in 2015, you can’t imagine how excited our foster care providers are when they receive a new item for their rescues to utilize or play with! We are 100% volunteer- and donation-based, so seeing a few doggie eyes light up with a new toy can be the highlight of our day.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

Sara Lee (first two photos) came to us as a stray in the shelter and was very nervous. She responded to the Kong immediately, which helped her release some of the tension. We filled it up with some peanut butter a few times, which she loved the most! Eventually, she warmed up to the foster home and was adopted by a sweet family — her forever home! Of course, we sent her home with her bed and Kong toy.

Animal Aid Vermilion Area: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toys were used for foster dogs to play with. They were also used to give to adopted dogs.

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

It allowed dogs to chew on the Kong toys and not on furniture or shoes. The Kong toys kept the dogs engaged and occupied.

How many pets did this grant help?

45

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

Ellie was born in foster care and she loved playing with her new toys when it was cold outside. Ellie loved sharing her toys with her siblings. Her favorites one is the red one. She chewed on it morning, noon, and night. She even carried it to her bed. We have attached a few pictures of Ellie and Hayden by the fire enjoying their toys. Thank you for your donation.

Foster Pet Outreach: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

For foster dogs in our program.

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

Many of the dogs who come into our program have separation anxiety and are very stressed. The KONGs are very good for them. We stuff them with peanut butter or KONG stuffing and freeze them. This gives them something to do to ease their stress levels. We stress the use of crates with our foster homes. Not all the dogs do well at first in a crate.

How many pets did this grant help?

So far we have had eight dogs who have used many of the different items we received.

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

Harry (first and second photos) is our famous little guy right now. I have attached a before and after of him. Harry started out very overwhelmed. He was neglected and never went outside. Everything was new to him. He loves the KONG chews and for some reason, the bigger ones are his favorite. Meet Harry: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/33927803

Biscuit (third photo) probably had the most anxiety we have ever seen. He was in a boarding facility for a few days in the beginning until we could get him into a foster home. He absolutely could not stand to be left alone. He chewed through metal fencing and a wooden door. Once in the foster home, a frozen KONG helped him to adjust to being left alone. He started to associate the treat with the foster leaving. He is now adopted and happy!

Mahoney (fourth photo) was adopted by one of our fosters. He is very hyper and not confident. The KONG helps him with his energy level.

Forever Loved Pet Sanctuary: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The KONG products are being utilized in our sanctuary to keep the dogs engaged to prevent boredom. We also provided most of our foster dogs with a KONG.

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

Some of our dogs have been in our sanctuary four-plus months. Even though we have great volunteers to walk the dogs almost daily, to be confined in their kennels is not ideal. We have found that filling the KONGs with low-fat dog food or natural peanut butter, then freezing them, provides prolonged entertainment. Many times we hide the KONG in their enclosure or their outdoor run to allow the dogs to hunt them down. When they bring them inside, they feel so accomplished. Of course we verbally encourage the dog.

How many pets did this grant help?

We use the KONGs daily for the shelter dogs, which currently number 12 dogs. We have also provided approximately six foster dogs with KONGs. We have two blind dogs in foster who get so excited when we tell them we are getting their KONGs.

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

Okie is a blind, diabetic dog in foster. Although he does well finding his doggie door, etc., he has been with his foster parent for about 15 months. Okie loves licking and carrying his KONG around the yard,

Cooper's Chance Animal Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Product was used for our Pawsitive Beginnings Puppy Enrichment Program where we help abandoned, abused, and neglected puppies get a second chance by rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming.

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

KONG toys were used in rehabilitation of abused puppies by building trust through play and using toys for treat-training, mental stimulation and interaction.

How many pets did this grant help?

50 puppies ages 6 weeks to 6 months

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

This grant directly benefited the “Dumpster Five” puppies. Five little 10-week-old puppies were left in a school dumpster to die. They were rescued and placed in a loving foster home where they received one-on-one attention, playing with KONG toys, learning basic commands with peanut butter-filled KONGs as a reward, and using KONG toys as a comfort at night.

Enchantment Chihuahua Rescue Ltd.: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong products were used both to fundraise for our dogs and rehabilitate.

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

This grant helped our dogs by giving them a sophistication of toy that otherwise would have been hard to come by. It helps keep the active minds occupied, and helps with crate-training or separation anxiety to make a crate environment more enticing for longer periods of time for dogs who are unused to that environment.

How many pets did this grant help?

In different ways, this grant helped many of our dogs.

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

Ashley is a sweet little Chihuahua girl who was found wandering the streets and remained unclaimed despite advertising. Beautiful and loving, Ashley is also very high-energy for a small dog and prone to destruction if left on her own to be bored. Ashley is usually content to play with a foster brother and explore/destroy only when her friends are tired of playing, but the grant of Kong treats offered a new outlet for her active doggie mind. Ashley is happily motivated by treats and content to work on the puzzle of a Kong rather than shred trashbags.

For Paws Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We got the Kong grant. Entertainment for the dogs in rescue

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

Kong toys help keep our dogs from becoming kennel crazy. The toys give them something to focus on when we we’re not playing with them.

How many pets did this grant help?

All the dogs in our rescue have used the Kong toys daily. So an estimated 30 dogs per month.

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

We had a dog named Kate who had been in rescue for 11 months when the toys came in. They gave her a new sense of purpose. She wasn’t good with other dogs so her play was very limited. The Kong toys filled with peanut butter made her smile and wag her tail.
We don’t have any pictures because she was very camera-fearful, but she loved her yummy toys!

Rescue Ridge: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

It was Kongs and we use them for the animals we have in kennels. They can take them with them when they go home.

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

Kongs are a lot harder to chew through. We fill them with peanut butter or unsweetened apple sauce and the dogs have a grand old time sucking it out of the Kong. It gives our fur friends something to do when we leave them and it gives the volunteers peace of mind that when we get back they won’t be chewed to pieces, so the volunteers don’t have to worry about whether the animal has swallowed anything.

How many pets did this grant help?

Probably eight medium-size guys and nine smaller guys.

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

Miss Wiggles was found as a stray. When her local shelter was going to put her down because Wiggles didn’t like the small cages, we took her. Our kennels are a little larger, but still Wiggles had anxiety. The Kong helps to keep her anxiety at bay. It allows her to focus on fun and food at one time. And Miss Wiggles loves both. Meet Miss Wiggles: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/33583089

All of our happy dogs would like to say thank you for this little bit of happiness.

Arizona Beagle Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kongs have been distributed to some of our recent fosters (or recently adopted dogs). Especially for our foster dogs who struggle with separation anxiety, their families report that the Kongs are a great distraction for their beagles. In the warmer weather, these will be an even bigger hit as we freeze them with different concoctions and the dogs can play with them and chew on them outside!

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

As mentioned above, dogs with separation anxiety benefit as well as dogs with great curiosity and energy. The Kongs keep them entertained and guessing. As the saying goes, a tired beagle is a good beagle!

How many pets did this grant help?

About 30 to date

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

Dunkin, one of our recently adopted dogs, happened to be in the room when we opened the box of Kongs. Like the typical beagle, he let his nose lead the way. We let him pick his favorite (which he did, even though there was nothing in the Kong!). Let’s just say, even a few months later, it’s still Dunkin’s favorite toy!

Caruthersville Humane Society, Inc.: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We are a small, no-kill shelter in the Bootheel of Missouri. All our kennels are indoors, but we have an outdoor play area. While the dogs go outside for a bit two times a day, some high-energy dogs need challenges for the kennels. We have many dogs that are high-energy and we find that the Kong toys help keep them occupied and give them something to do. They are durable and easy to clean between use.

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

We have really seen a change in the hyperactivity in the kennel room. When you give the Kong toys to an active dog, it helps keep them occupied and gives them stimulation. We have found that they are ideal in our setting and help us to keep the animals busy and using their minds.

How many pets did this grant help?

25-30

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

Biff (first photo) is a boxer mix who is afraid of his own shadow. He barks aggressively when people come into the kennel and gets passed over for adoption, but he really is a scaredy cat. He loves the Kong toy. He is not one to take a treat from someone, but he will play with the Kong toy for hours and stay involved with the challenge. It helps keep him quieter and socialized in the kennel.

Animal Allies Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We at Animal Allies Humane Society would like to thank the Petfinder Foundation for awarding us the Petfinder Foundation Kong grant. We are using the Kong toys as part of an ongoing animal-enrichment project.

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

Animal enrichment is a big focus for us. We want to make sure that animals are challenged and remain curious while under our care.

How many pets did this grant help?

2+

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

Ty (first photo) is a vocal German shepherd. He loves his Kong time and it has helped him adjust his kennel behavior. He would get very vocal in his kennel, which can be intimidating to potential adopters, but thanks to the Kong enrichment toy, he has learned that if he is quiet he will get rewarded with a Kong treat. He is so well-behaved he even got to be featured in our front lobby for our visitors.

Tela (second photo) is a bundle of energy and has learned that if she waits patiently for the Kong that she is greatly rewarded in the end. And, great news, she is going to a forever home!

The Kongs have been a great learning tool for the dogs! As shown in her pic, Lucy (third photo) learned that yummy snacks come out of the Kongs and she has decided to bury her treasure to save for later.

Kings SPCA: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We have given the KONG toys to our shelter dogs and they love them! We put peanut butter in them.

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

It helped us immensely! We rely solely on the communties surrounding our shelter for donations, and while they are always very generous with food and other supplies, we hardly ever get toys as part of a donation. We love you guys for sharing your amazing toys with our shelter! We love the quality of KONG products!!!

How many pets did this grant help?

We gave a KONG toy to all of our furbabies and still have a few left over. We gave the toys to 40 dogs.

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

Every one of our dogs was helped by the KONG toys! You see, we have indoor and outdoor kennels; during the day we take all the dogs to the outdoor kennels and clean the indoor kennels. After the indoor kennels are clean we kind of set it up like a hotel: We put a nice big fluffy blanket in each kennel, and some dog treats and a toy for each dog going into that kennel. So when the dogs come back into the indoor kennels at night they have a nice warm bed, treats to eat and toys to play with. We were able to put peanut butter in the KONG toys and know that the dogs would be able to enjoy the KONG toys without choking on them or tearing them up. Meet Addison (pictured): https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/24489264

Big Dog Ranch Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Thank you for this very generous grant and donation of 30 Kong toys, valued at $419.70, awarded to Big Dog Ranch Rescue. Our dogs are having a wonderful time playing with these Kong toys! Caring donations like yours makes all the difference to our precious pups as they wait for their forever homes.

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

Last year, thanks to generous donors like the Petfinder Foundation, almost 2,000 dogs cared for by Big Dog Ranch Rescue found loving families. Thanks to you, our dogs and puppies have the chance to live, love and be loved in return.

How many pets did this grant help?

1+

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

Our dogs are excited to play with their Kong toys. Pictured is Oscar. From his Petfinder.com profile: “Oscar is a great dog and very loyal to his family. He is a purebred Weimaraner. He is well-trained with all basic commands and walks on the lead well. His ideal home would be with a Weim-experienced owner who has a back yard so he can run and play. He is a homebody type of dog who loves to stay home and play with his family. He could live with kids but should be the only dog in the home. He will need an owner who is content with a dog that isn’t going to go on social outings and having lots of people come and go. His previous owner had to surrender him due to unforeseen circumstances.

“Oscar previously lived in a home with young kids and was fantastic with them. He is a guard dog and will become very protective of the family and home. He is the perfect dog if you are looking for home security for your family. Please note, you will need to be able to put him in a separate area when guests come over until his protectiveness can be overcome. If Oscar sounds like the Weimaraner you are looking for and you understand the breed, please contact the ranch for a meet-and-greet! He is such a loving dog who is looking for his forever home! If you are interested in adopting Oscar, please fill out the adoption form online or contact Big Dog Ranch Rescue (561) 791-6465 or (561) 309-3311 or email: adoptions@bdrr.org.”

Meet Oscar: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/33492695

Hearts 4 Paws: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

To keep our dogs happy and entertained while available for adoption, and each shepherd puppy went home with one.

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

To keep our dogs happy and entertained while available for adoption. Each shepherd puppy went home with one, and two bigger dogs who were in boarding were each given a Kong to play with. We feel it helped them not get into trouble!

How many pets did this grant help?

Many of our dogs use them each weekend, and 15 more Kongs went home with puppies.

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

We had six shepherd puppies plus their mom and a 90-lb. Anatolian shepherd in boarding and a young pit in boarding. All were given Kong toys to play with. We know it helped them to be happy.

Standing Proud Pit Bull Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong grant was used to provide safe enrichment for our dogs while they await adoption. The Kongs were distributed to our foster homes to ensure each of our dogs got to enjoy this grant!

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

The Kong grant has been extremely useful during the month of August. We are currently dealing with monsoon season in Arizona. With the powerful rain, thunder and high winds, many of the pups get uneasy. We have peanut butter-filled Kongs prepped in the freezer to help distract and calm the dogs down during these storms. We have many heavy chewers in rescue, and having a huge supply on Kongs will help keep the costs down instead of our having to purchase toys all the time!

How many pets did this grant help?

15+

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

This grant was extremely helpful to Dulce, who has been with us for about eight months now. Dulce sometimes deals with pretty bad anxiety, which stems from some insecurities he has developed. When crate training, we have used peanut butter-filled Kongs as a positive reinforcement. Dulce also does not handle thunderstorms very well. He absolutely loves when he is given a yummy stuffed Kong to keep him calm and busy during the storms. These Kongs have not only helped him keep busy but helped build his confidence to further ready him for adoption! Meet Dulce: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/31424716/

Three Rivers Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We were granted a large number of Kong toys in a variety of sizes. This enables us to provide stuffed Kong toys to all our dogs as a daily treat, even when other Kongs are being washed.

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

This donation helps us give our dogs mental and physical stimulation on a daily basis by providing Kong toys to them. This also helps give adopters a great start because dogs are familiar with Kong toys, and the adopter can see the value of investing in a Kong for their new pet.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant helped 35 dogs.

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

Tiki (first two photos) was surrendered by her family as a result of a home foreclosure. She had been depressed and withdrawn here at the shelter and did not want to leave her dog house. We gave her a Kong stuffed with kibble, canned dog food, and a dab of peanut butter. She came out of her dog house, investigated and sniffed the Kong, and decided to give it a try. She cleaned out the contents and now comes to the front of the kennel when we pass out daily Kongs! Meet Tiki: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/32733956/

Animal Ark Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received a supply of Kongs for our dogs to enjoy. Boredom and socialization are two key issue for shelter dogs. With the Kongs given to Ark, we were able to address both those issues.

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

The dogs played happily with the Kongs for hours! And our volunteers worked with some of our shyer dogs by putting peanut butter in the Kongs and playing with them.

How many pets did this grant help?

Since these are almost indestructible, they have been used over and over again, so more than 100 dogs, easily, have benefited from this grant.

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

Jack is a small, shy dog who lost his home through no fault of his own. He came to us scared and tended to shy away from other dogs and visitors alike. This type of behavior will often prevent a dog from being adopted. On a whim, one of the other volunteers gave him a Kong, and the transformation was remarkable. He now lets anyone pet him, but keeps “his” toy close at hand.

Central Missouri Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Our organization was so thankful to receive the KONG toy grant! We usually have around 60-70 dogs at our shelter at a time and keeping them busy and enriched is a major goal for us. The shelter can be extremely stressful at times and we are always working hard to provide a safe, low-stress, enriching environment for all of our animals. In addition to providing enrichment, the KONG toys have helped them to build the skills they need to cope with the stress and anxiety of shelter life. Building and developing those skills to cope will help them to transition to a new life outside of the shelter and set them up for success in their new homes.

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

The KONG toys we received have been extremely popular at our shelter and have provided countless hours of fun for our dogs and cats. Our staff members concocted a special recipe of canned food, chicken broth, treats, hot dogs and vitamin supplements which they then stuff inside each KONG and store in the freezer until ready to use. The frozen KONG toys have been amazing for use in the shelter as well as at off-site events, especially during the hot summer months. The KONG toys not only keep the animals busy and provide a delicious and healthy treat, but have also helped to reduce stress and boost confidence. We have recently implemented a training and behavior program at our shelter and the KONG toys have been perfect for our crate-training exercises and clicker-training sessions.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant has helped over 200 animals in our care! As much as the dogs love their KONG toys, the cats seem to love them too, especially the young kittens with tons of energy to play all day. Not only have the KONGs been fantastic for our active animals, they have also been a great resource for our elderly animals and those coming out of surgery that are on cage rest and need to take it easy. The KONG toys have provided comfort and fun and been the perfect resource for behavior training and modification. KONG toys are perfect for the shelter as they are easy to sanitize and extremely durable. The toys we received through this grant will continue to improve the lives of shelter animals for months to come!

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

At the end of June, a stray pit bull named Shay (first photo) came into our shelter. She was nervous and full of anxiety, but had the sweetest disposition. She was adopted and reluctantly returned three weeks later due to behavior issues. After working with our behaviorist, it was determined that in addition to being a very anxious soul, Shay also had a severe storm and noise phobia. She was put on medication to help with the anxiety but the most important factor has been to manage her stress level and provide a calm environment until she is adopted. KONG toys have been AMAZING for her and we have seen a huge difference in her since we started implementing KONG toys into our management techniques. She loves to hang out in a quiet office and spend the afternoon chewing on a frozen KONG. It keeps her busy and helps her to release some of the stress she is harboring. By the time she finishes her KONG, she is ready to curl up in her bed and take a peaceful nap. She has gotten acclimated with her routine and looks forward to her daily KONGs. From Shay and all the staff here at the Central Missouri Humane Society, THANK YOU, PETFINDER FOUNDATION, for changing the lives of shelter animals everywhere! Meet Shay: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/32973141/

Home at Last Dog Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toys were used for our foster dogs’ chewing and entertainment needs.

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

Since Kong toys are so durable, after a foster dog goes to his or her forever home, we are often able to continue using for other dogs. This grant enables us to use funds from adoption fees, fundraising and donations to pay our veterinary medical bills. Home at Last often pulls dogs from shelters who require lots of TLC and vet attention.

How many pets did this grant help?

20+ dogs. They greatly appreciate it!

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

Minerva, a.k.a. Minnie (first photo; 2-4-year-old small Pit Bull mix), was pulled with her nursing puppies from a shelter in North Carolina where she had been picked up as a stray. She was heartworm-positive and was treated after she was done nursing. All her puppies were adopted soon after arrival last summer, but she is still waiting for her forever home. She loves all people, is even gentle with small children, and especially loves playing with toys. She has a heart-shaped spot on her back and can’t wait to share all the love she has to offer. Minerva is available for adoption. Meet Minerva: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/30142059/

Brandeline (second photo; 10 weeks, shepherd mix) was found on the side of the road when she was only a month or so old. Home at Last rescued her and, because she was so happy to have a home, she had a party where she went a little hog wild and accidentally fractured her leg. After some time during which her party-girl side had to be suppressed, she finally healed and was able to play again. The attached picture was taken on the day she was cleared to party and she celebrated with a Kong! In the third photo, she was so excited to run around, she wouldn’t drop her toy, even to pee!

Stray Animal Adoption Program: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The product (KONG) was distributed to adult dogs and puppies who currently reside in foster care.

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

Because of a rescue’s need of funding and volunteerism, toys are often overlooked when donating because other needs are so great. Foster families provide necessary food and items such as leashes and collars to their foster pets, often paying out of their own pockets. When we receive these luxuries (toys), both the foster families and the foster pets themselves are greatly appreciative of such items that encourage newly placed fosters, who are often frightened, to break out of their shells and feel at ease in their new environments.

How many pets did this grant help?

20+

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

Magnum (first photo) was rescued by our organization and placed in a medical foster facility. He was heartworm-positive and was neglected/abused prior to being placed in our care. At first, Magnum was hesitant to interact with or play with things due to his previous environment; however, thanks to his great medical foster family and their persistence in socializing Magnum by constant interaction and playing with toys such as Kongs with him, he became more active with humans, and found himself a furever home!

Pibbles & More Animal Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the Kong toys for a litter of puppies and their mom rescued from a Georgia [open-admission] shelter.

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

The mom and pups were able to play with the Kongs.

How many pets did this grant help?

7

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

Momma Grace and her puppies were rescued from a Georgia [open-admission] shelter. Mama Grace is a very sweet girl, a young Lab mix, very emaciated but still taking great care of her six little Lab/pittie pups. The Kongs gave them endless hours of enjoyment and playtime! Thank you! Meet Grace: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/32574706/

Humane Society of Port Jervis/Deerpark, Inc.: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Kongs were used to provide enrichment for shelter dogs.

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

While our staff makes every effort to provide daily exercise and other enrichment for the dogs in our shelter, the sad truth is that our dogs still spend a majority of their days in concrete and chain-link kennels. The Kongs are one of our go-to choices to help reduce our dogs’ stress and boredom as they wait for their forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

Approximately 60 dogs.

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

Buck (first two photos) and Sugar Ray (third photo) are two big boys who have been at the shelter for several months. Buck came to us tied in the back of a pick-up truck wearing a muzzle after having been found running loose along an area highway. The poor guy was scared to death and took several weeks before he was comfortable with our staff handling him. He is tentative meeting new people and, as such, has not had many adoption inquiries. Sugar Ray was surrendered by owners who didn’t have the time and commitment needed to give this boy the attention, exercise and mental stimulation he needs. In addition to getting out for walks with volunteers or to exercise in our play yard, both dogs enjoy their kennel time more with their personal peanut butter and kibble-filled Kongs!

Meet Buck: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/31861682/
Meet Sugar Ray: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/32094332/

Ark-Valley Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Kongs were used for enrichment of shelter dogs at Ark-Valley Humane Society in Buena Vista, Colorado.

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

Shelter dogs require daily enrichment to maintain a good quality of life and adoptability while in shelter care. This includes daily walks, group play time, and enrichment activities such as training and chewing. Kongs provide a wonderful activity for dogs that involves the senses, chewing, and the challenge of getting yummy food that is stuffed inside the Kong. With Kongs, dogs are happier and more adoptable because they keep the dogs from getting bored and keep them calmer.

How many pets did this grant help?

42 dogs

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

Denzel is a very active dog. He came into our shelter months ago and needs lots of daily activities to keep him happy and well-behaved. When he gets bored, he will jump on people and get mouthy to get their attention. He will also destroy toys and eat them. Frozen Kongs are a great daily activity for Denzel. They are the one treat he can’t seem to destroy yet, and they keep him occupied for a good part of his afternoon while in his kennel. We hope that Denzel finds a home soon, and we’ll be sure to send his Kong home with him to increase the chances that he won’t eat anything he’s not supposed to in his new home. Meet Denzel: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/32629270/

Texas Cattle Dog Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Texas Cattle Dog Rescue provided Kong toys to dogs in foster care, particularly younger dogs.

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

We often rescue dogs that don’t understand what toys are. Kongs are a great way to introduce dogs to toys. We like to fill them with treats to generate that initial interest and reinforce what’s appropriate to chew on. And since Kongs are so durable, they are perfect for even the most powerful chewers!

How many pets did this grant help?

So far, eight, but we are continuing to distribute them to foster homes as we get new dogs into the program. We easily have enough to last through the end of the year.

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

The Dude is a blue heeler rescued from a large municipal shelter. He’s a younger dog who didn’t have a lot of experience around other dogs or with toys. But he was smart and playful and learned quickly that toys are super awesome! His Kong is a favorite. He enjoys running around with it and playing keep-away with the other dogs. Meet the Dude: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/32532476/

Four Paws Coonhound Rescue and Friends, Inc.: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Donated Kong toys were given out at adoption events to each of the dogs adopted out. This calendar year, we have had around 50 adoptions, so this was a lot of Kong toys going home with the furever families!

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

Some dogs rescued by Four Paws Coonhound Rescue and Friends have never had a toy of their own. In February alone, we rescued 35 beagles from a puppy mill. These dogs had been used solely for breeding purposes – kept in small cages and not being shown any human kindness beyond being fed and being provided with minimal veterinary care. Beyond having severe medical needs, these dogs were extremely distrustful of people. Kong toys were novel and interesting to them, and often their very first toy!

How many pets did this grant help?

Approximately 50 dogs

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

Two of the amazing beagles we rescued from the puppy mill turned out to be pregnant. We are attaching some cute pictures of the puppies that were adopted out to loving families (and will never have to experience being bred to death like their parents). These cute pups were all given Kong toys as a new beginning on their journey as a loved and pampered family pet!

ALIVE Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

ALIVE Rescue was very grateful to recently receive the KONG donation through the Petfinder Foundation. We plan on using the donated KONGs in our Community Pet Day program event in October. This program promotes pet best practices in high-need communities in the Chicago area and supports families by giving them access to spay/neuter appointments, vaccines, microchipping, and other pet wellness tools such as KONGs and leashes. As Chicago’s shelter system is extremely overtaxed, our mission is to decrease the euthanasia rate. We do this primarily by rescuing dogs from local shelters. Last year, we expanded reach by teaming up with two other community organizations to create Community Pet Days, which aim to keep pets happy and healthy in the home and decrease owner surrenders in our shelter system.

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

As mentioned, the shelter system in Chicago has many challenges. Decreasing owner surrenders is a direct way that the euthanasia rate can be lowered. Our Community Pet Day program educates community members about the importance of spaying and neutering, microchipping, and ways to keep their pets happy and healthy. 35% of animals in our first CPD in 2014 had never been to a veterinarian, which demonstrates the need for education and awareness-building. This grant will help our community event be successful and support our mission.

How many pets did this grant help?

We plan to help 30+ pets with the grant during our October Community Pet Day.

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

Over 120 animals received support during this past Community Pet Day. We hope to meet or exceed this goal during our fall CPD. Attached are photos from our June 2015 event.

Humane Society of the Ouachitas: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Received Kongs for dog in our care.

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

Donated Kongs are being used to provide much-needed positive stimulation to dogs while they stay at the shelter or in foster homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

It is hard to calculate the number of dogs that will benefit from this donation of Kong toys. As the toys are so durable and easy to sanitize, a dog will receive one to play with during his/her stay. Once that dog is adopted, the Kong is sanitized and given to the next dog.

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

Jeannie came to our shelter as a puppy with a case of chronic Demodectic mange and has received many treatments for this condition. At the shelter, this Australian cattle dog mix was extremely excitable and developed sores on her skin from chewing on herself. She was taken in by a foster home, where she lived in an outside kennel and then gradually became a house pet. She has greatly benefited from her Kong. It has provided an appropriate outlet for her chewing and she loves to play with it. She now knows the commands sit, shake, roll over, down, and her favorite one: toy! She will bring you her Kong to play with. When she finds her forever home, it will have to be one with a Kong! Meet Jeannie: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/31736597/

West Feliciana Animal Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

These Kong toys were used in the play yard for our dogs to interact with each other. Also, some were used in each kennel for entertainment when dogs were kenneled for longer periods of time.

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

Some of our dogs get bored while in their kennels. These toys help to keep them active and entertained while being kenneled. Also, the toys with places for treats were great for them to take longer to reach their treats while trying to figure out how to get them out. Very nice.

How many pets did this grant help?

45 to 50 each day

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

We found that some of the dogs would just swallow a treat and look for more or for attention. When a treat is put in a Kong toy, it makes them figure out how to get the treat and to eat it more slowly. Puppies who like to chew were occupied with the balls. They would spend hours playing with and chasing the balls. One example is Biff, a boxer/Lab mix (pictured). Biff says, “I have longer hair and am super cute! I was found by a nice couple in Tunica Hills where my litter had been dumped and left with one cup of water. I am so happy I came to the shelter. I have made lots of great friends.” Meet Biff: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/32882163/

The Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Humane Society, "TLC": KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received a very large box of Kong toys. These toys will be used for over 200 animals throughout the course of the next year.

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

Kong toys provide chewing pleasure for our dogs. It is a great pastime for them as they try to get the treat from the Kong toy. Additionally, it helps to keep their gums and teeth healthy.

How many pets did this grant help?

It will help approximately 200 dogs over the course of the next year!

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

Charlotte is a very shy spaniel and Schnauzer mix. When you come into her kennel, she runs and it is difficult to give her the love she needs. After we gave her the Kong toy, however, she settled down to begin chewing and allowed us to pet her and love on her. We feel the Kong toys will help us make her more adoptable and more trusting, as they calm her. Thank you for giving us these wonderful toys! Meet Charlotte: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/32393353/

Hearts 4 Paws: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Product was used at adoption events to help keep all the dogs happy. We had a few puppies who really needed things to chew on that they couldn’t destroy. Each puppy, when adopted, went to his or her new forever home with one. They really helped keep the dogs happy and playful at home and at adoptions.

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

It allowed us to have nice new products that we wouldn’t otherwise be able to buy, but more importantly, it helped us teach potential dog adopters that, with the right accessories and toys, the dogs wouldn’t destroy things and would be easier to train.

How many pets did this grant help?

25

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

The puppies used the Kongs the most as they were teething and trying to put anything in their mouths. It helped the foster homes be able to manage having young, growing puppies in their homes without destroying their homes. One puppy who benefited was Bruiser (first photo). This 3-month-old heeler/shepherd mix is very energetic, outgoing and lovable. He is good with cats, children and other dogs. Bruiser has been neutered and microchipped, is current on all vaccinations, and in overall great health! Meet Bruiser: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/32251740/

Ruff Start Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received 35-40 Kongs of varying sizes and shapes. These Kongs were provided to some of our foster homes who have foster dogs who may require additional mental or physical stimulation to keep them occupied, are destructive of their toys and/or property, or who suffer from separation anxiety.

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

This wonderful donation allowed many of the dogs in our care to receive additional positive stimulation and prevented or diminished behavioral issues in these animals. We strive to find positive tools to help transition our rescued animals from high-stress situations into our loving foster homes. Kong toys have been a wonderful stress reliever and mental-stimulation tool for these animals. We have also saved a little bit of money by not needing to purchase as many less-durable toys.

How many pets did this grant help?

30 thus far!

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

One of our foster families tells us: Jacksen (first and second photos) is a Great Dane/Lab mix. He had some anxiety when he arrived. He was being held at a local animal control for 30 days and lost a TON of weight due to stress. He weighed 48 lbs when we got him! He was so scared he ran away from us and even jumped our fence to get distance from us. He was afraid of loud noises and barked at other dogs. We used the Kong because it was pretty much the only thing he did not destroy. We also filled it with peanut butter and froze it for the times when storms were approaching. He has already gained a lot of weight and is building trust with us. He also learned that the red toy meant peanut butter and he sits patiently for it. Jacksen also started to ignore dogs that were walking past if I had the Kong present, and the sound of thunder is now giving him a lot less anxiety. Meet Jacksen: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/31200119/

Hunny the beagle third photo) was adopted by our family. In foster care, she really struggled with kennel anxiety and fear of people. We used the Kong with peanut butter in the kennel and she LOVES it. She eventually was willing to go into her kennel when asked. She is also a very strong chewer and we use the Kong because of its durability.

Mending Spirits Animal Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The products were used for foster dogs in rescue.

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

It helped us greatly for dogs who need bigger, stronger toys. Rescue is completely dependent on donations and adoption fees, and having a donation of Kongs has been amazing for us.

How many pets did this grant help?

15

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

We had a teething litter of cocker spaniel/shepherd-mix puppies including Roman (first photo) and Neela (second photo) who benefited greatly from the smaller Kongs. They loved to play and chew on them, plus the Kongs were easy to clean. Roman is an outgoing, playful pup who has shown himself to be very intelligent and loyal. Neela is more calm and loves to be close and cozy to her human friends. She is easygoing, with a docile temperament. Both pups are being fostered in a loving home with daily hands-on exposure involving other animals and children of all ages, promoting early opportunities for expanded, well-balanced socialization.

Meet Roman: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/32042517/
Meet Neela: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/32042517/

Helotes Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong products/toys were distributed to our adoptable dogs.

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

They have been providing wonderful enrichment to both foster animals and the few that we have to keep kenneled while awaiting foster homes. All the dogs love their Kongs!

How many pets did this grant help?

50

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

Miss Hazel is a great big girl who was found as a stray. She had skin issues and was severely malnourished. Now she has filled out and her skin has cleared up. While she waits to be adopted or to be placed in a foster home, she is kenneled at our small facility. She loves her extra-large Kong toy stuffed with peanut butter! A big toy for a big girl, this Kong is just perfect for Miss Hazel. Meet Miss Hazel: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/32687706/

Ozark Haven Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kongs are a wonderful asset for the dogs. The dogs in our foster homes loved the toys; they promote playing and give hours of contentment.

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

Many times the dogs that come into our program are abused, neglected and have suffered hardships. The Kongs are a wonderful way to get these dogs to relax and learn that it is okay to just be a dog, to play, chew and enjoy things again. At times, some who enter our program have never had the good fortune to even know what a toy is. It is heartwarming to see them start to play with the Kong and to see them blossom into the pet that they were meant to be.

How many pets did this grant help?

40

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

Little Saffron, pictured here, was part of an unwanted litter born to a rural farm dog. Fortunately there was a rescue presence in that area and Saffron was saved. It is scary for a little one, so young and innocent, to be suddenly taken from her mom and dropped into a whole new situation. Saffron found comfort in her Kong toy — she even sleeps with it. She is now a happy, playful puppy, and having a Kong toy available as soon as she entered the program helped her to adapt and relax quickly. Now she can move into the life all puppies deserve: loved, safe and happy.

Homestretch Hounds, Inc: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The box of toys was sent from the Kong company.

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

The toys were used for dogs and pups in our rescue.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

As we try to provide enriching activities for the dogs in the rescue waiting for homes, the toys were used for that purpose. CC (pictured, right) is a young male Catahoula leopard dog-beagle mix. CC says: “I am a fun, awesome, wonderful boy in need of a loving home! I am not exactly sure of my mix, but one thing is for sure and that is that I am a wonderful and cute boy! I was picked up as a stray by an animal shelter, but my old owner never came to get me. A place called a rescue did come for me and that is how I ended up here looking for a new home to call my own! I am only about 9 months old, still just a pup, a pup who loves to play. I currently weigh about 40 pounds and am probably full-grown or close. I love people — and I would love to be the newest addition to your family!” Meet CC: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/24326028/

Allegany County Animal Shelter Management Foundation: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received a grant of Kong toys for our shelter dogs. We put peanut butter in them and freeze them. They make great treats and help our dogs pass the time in the kennels.

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

This grant enhanced our kennel-enrichment program.

How many pets did this grant help?

50-60

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

Little Red is a young, active dog. The Kong toys provide him much-needed mental stimulation when he is in his kennel. They allow him to focus on getting the peanut butter out of the Kong, which occupies him vs. him just lying in the kennel or barking, etc., because he is bored.

It Takes A Village Canine Rescue, Inc.: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We are very grateful for the Kong donations. We were able to distribute them to the dogs in our care at our no-kill rescue center.

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

We continue to use the Kongs as part of our shelter enrichment program. Each day, the dogs staying at our shelter receive Kongs to enrich their stay at our rescue center. We find the Kongs help keep them entertained and calm, which makes them more adoptable.

How many pets did this grant help?

50

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

Lulu is a pitbull terrier who is living at our rescue center. She is the “office dog” and has a big comfortable bed in our office. She loves, loves to chew on her Kong. She is so happy when she has it and loves to lick the peanut butter stuffed inside.

Olympic Peninsula Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received a donation of KONG toys which were used for our dog residents to help keep them stimulated while in their kennels.

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

We love to have KONGs at the shelter because they are durable, can be filled with food and provide hours of entertainment for our dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

The KONGs have benefitted approximately 25 dogs.

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

Eve is a pitbull mix who has been at the shelter for a long time and we are always looking for ways to keep her stimulated and happy. Filling a KONG with kibble keeps her occupied for hours in her kennel. She loves to play fetch and the KONGs are great because they are durable so she is able to play with the same toy for quite awhile.

Tonka is another dog who has benefitted greatly from the KONGs. He is a young German Shepherd and destroys most toys pretty quickly. The KONGs are far more durable and he is able to chew on them and keep himself occupied.

Blue Mountain Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Shelter dogs in house and in our Penitentiary training program

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

It helped to stave off kennel stress and boredom.

How many pets did this grant help?

50 and still helping lots!

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

We have several long-term, young, very energetic dogs. Currently we have had an enormous influx of puppies and we have been using the KONGs for the puppies. They love them! It has been so great to have the KONGs. We are having volunteers and staff fill them daily and hand them out at closing for them to play with during the evening.

Rescue One: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The products granted to Rescue One were KONG products. We received original KONGs, puppy KONGs, and KONG Goodie Bones. We use these for training and entertainment with the dogs in our care.

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

The KONGs that were donated to Rescue One are used by the dogs at Rescue One while in foster care. They are especially helpful at adoption events — they can get pretty noisy, but the KONGs keep the dogs quiet! They are also great while the dogs are in their foster homes, as mental stimulation decreases separation anxiety, destructive behaviors, and unwanted barking. Finally, the KONGs are also absolutely wonderful for heartworm-positive dogs! When a heartworm-positive dog has to be confined for six weeks while going through treatment, a KONG is a wonderful distraction from the monotony. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation and KONG, for the awesome grant!

How many pets did this grant help?

30+

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

This grant specifically helped and is helping Lassie, a 7-month-old female Catahoula Leopard Dog mix at Rescue One. Lassie was surrendered to Rescue One, and she has been grieving for her family ever since. She cries and whines, and just sounds plain miserable. At her first adoption event, she was not only miserable but overwhelmed. We took her to the side and gave her a KONG from the grant we received. She loved it! We stuck a treat inside, and the puzzle of it kept her busy! Lassie was no longer whining or feeling overwhelmed — she was having fun! Because of this she became more approachable, and she found her very own foster home that day! Lassie is still available for adoption through Rescue One, and she is hoping to find her very own forever home (with lots of KONGs!) very soon! Lassie’s Petfinder link is: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/31164760/

Pets Come First: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The generous donation of Kongs were used in our shelter to help stimulate the dogs while in our care looking for new forever homes. Some of the dogs that were especially fond of the Kongs actually got to take one home with them to their new family!

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

While providing extra fun and stimulation for the dogs, it also helped show some positive characteristics while prospective adopters are in the shelter, allowing future owners to get a different perspective on the dogs — especially those with high energy.

How many pets did this grant help?

Approximately 30 dogs

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

Cashmere (first two photos) is a 3-year-old pit bull who has been in the shelter for 10 months. She always has to have something in her mouth, and absolutely loves the Kong! Her favorite activity is to clean all the peanut butter out, and then carry it around with her outside, showing it off! Cashmere is available for adoption looking for a forever home without any other animals. Of course, she was so excited to have her Kong, it was tough to get a nice action shot of her! Meet Cashmere: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/29069007/

Spot (third photo) came into the shelter with a spinal injury and was hardly using his back legs. After different types of therapy and his very own wheelchair to help strengthen his legs, he can now get around pretty well without the wheelchair. However, he does still like getting in it and running over toes! Due to Spot’s needs and incontinence, he has made the shelter his perfect permanent home. Spot loves the smaller Kongs, and, just like a good Jack Russell, he enjoys protecting them from his furry friends at the shelter!

Gwinnie (fourth photo) is a 1-year-old bull mastiff and red heeler mix that was not socialized as a puppy with humans or living in a home. She has had a tough go of it being very scared and nervous, and she even escaped from her first foster family. After about three weeks hiding in farm fields, she was finally captured. She has since been adopted to a family that is working with her, and in her new home she enjoys her new Kong as a way to relax and take her mind off of being stressed out!

Animal Rescue New Orleans: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

These Kongs are wonderful aids to giving shelter dogs a much needed distraction. Filled with peanut butter, they provide for hours of chewing fun, plus a delicious treat!

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

ARNO is a no-kill shelter which strives not only to bring our rescues to full health but also to fulfill their needs at the shelter both physically and emotionally, by giving them a much-needed distraction in addition to walks and playtime.

How many pets did this grant help?

55

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

Abel is a dog rescued who no doubt comes from a background of abuse. He gets very nervous when people are screaming or waiving their arms, for obvious reasons. He enjoys his Kong and peanut butter. He sometimes gets a little depressed or in a funk, and his Kong is a great distraction to pull him out of it. Special-needs dogs like Abel are so important to ARNO’s mission to help those who would have no chance if not for ARNO. Thanks for making a difference for Abel.

Capitol Area Rescue Effort, Inc.: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Kong toys are one of our rescue’s “go-to” tools for dogs in our care. Many rescue animals come into the kennel fearful and anxiety-ridden from being in a shelter, having lost their homes and having many lifestyle changes along the road to their forever homes. Giving these dogs tasks provides meaning to their time with us, as well as provides a diversion from the loudness and frequent changes in neighboring dogs. Kong toys are highly recommended by our trainer for keeping our dogs busy.

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

We prefer to freeze peanut butter or cream cheese in our Kongs, when appropriate, to give additional longevity to the time our dogs spend working on their task of cleaning the Kong! As a quality choice for a toy for a dog, the rescue benefited financially from the gift. We are a small rescue and every dollar counts, so the ability to purchase a substantial number of toys was out of our reach. Bored or anxious dogs have their attention well diverted by Kong toys and are given hours of playtime each day!

How many pets did this grant help?

20+. With proper sanitation, these toys will continue to enrich the lives of the dogs that pass through our rescue!

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

Tyler is a male chihuahua who has been in rescue for over a year waiting for a forever home. His breed is known for its anxiety in general, and Tyler is no different. As a small dog, he cannot be given free range to run in our kennel for fear that he could be accidentally hurt by larger dogs. He spends several hours a day in his crate and boredom easily sets in. Inferior-quality toys are quickly destroyed by Tyler and other dogs like him. Kong toys provide a great diversion and way to stay focused during his crated time. And we have great news to share: After 17 months, Tyler will soon be leaving our Virginia rescue for his new home in Delaware!

The National Foundation for Animal Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Product taste-testing on cats

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

We were able to give our rescue cats nutritious treats

How many pets did this grant help?

Approximately 25

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

Our greatest special-needs cat, Baby Darwin, really enjoyed these treats. He is our hero cat, attacked by a baby raccoon when he was just 6 weeks old. Darwin’s entire head was reconstructed and his whole scalp is a skin graft. He cannot close the eye he has but is medicated daily. He is our inspiration!
Thank you for making his day brighter! 🙂

Humane Society Calumet Area: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kongs were used as part of our enrichment program for shelter dogs. The dogs in our care receive Kongs, toys, aromatherapy and positive-reinforcement training every day.

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

The shelter is a stressful environment for the animals being housed with us temporarily. Enrichment is so important to us and to the lives of all animals at HSCA. By receiving the grant of Kong toys, we were able to ensure that each dog had enrichment daily during their stay.

How many pets did this grant help?

The Kongs continue to help dogs in our care on a daily basis!

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

Fruit Loop is a young heartworm-positive pitbull that was brought to the humane society as a stray. He received little training before arriving at our shelter and has lots of energy to use; however, because of his heartworm-positive status, it is imperative that he stay as quiet as possible while we treat him. Daily KONGs keep him happy and quiet in his kennel — he has learned to sit and down for his KONG. Without KONGs, Fruit Loop would not receive the kind of enrichment that he needs to stay on the road to recovery.

Autumn is an adult pitbull that has been at the shelter since November. Due to some ongoing, unexplained lameness in her hind legs, she is restricted to leash walks and limited time outside. KONGs have given her something to do and she looks forward to her daily KONG time to settle down for a frozen treat.

Lucina has been passed up for adoption time and time again; she is a lovely dog and a staff favorite, but due to her fence jumping, she is unable to participate in playgroups each morning. She loves to spend time in an office with a stuffed KONG to help pass the time after her morning walk! Without KONGs, she wouldn’t be able to tolerate the stress of living in a shelter for the last nine months.

Rottweiler Hearts Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kongs are used to entertain and train our foster dogs. They are often filled with goodies and given to the dogs when they are first put in crates. This helps ease anxiety for dogs during crate training as it gives them something to distract them.

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

All of our dogs are kept in individual foster homes. Kongs serve as great, high-quality, durable toys for the dogs. They serve as good training tools to teach our dogs appropriate toys to chew on. They also stand up well to some tough chewers! Filling them with goodies also makes them more interactive and helps the dog with problem-solving skills.

How many pets did this grant help?

at least 10

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

Jewel is a dog who has been immensely helped by the KONG grant. When we got Jewel, we learned that BOTH back legs had torn cruciate ligaments, meaning this poor girl would need two ACL surgeries, each one followed by 4-6 weeks of crate rest. Being a younger, very playful dog, I knew she wouldn’t handle crate rest well. We keep our freezer stocked with multiple Kongs filled with peanut butter, yogurt, carrot pieces, kibble, bananas, and any combination of the above. Freezing them makes them last longer. These frozen goodies are great for entertaining Jewel and letting her get some physical and mental stimulation while confined to a crate. She goes through 3-4 Kongs per day! The Kong grant really helped us be able to ensure that we had enough Kongs to make her crate rest a bit easier on her and us! Attached is a picture of her confined in her crate enjoying a yogurt-and-carrot Kong. The other picture is also of her, pre-surgery. She is such a sweet girl and I am so grateful for Kong’s help in making her rehab a bit more manageable.

Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received 30 Kongs for our dogs in residence!

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

At any given time, we have between 50-100 dogs in residence. These dogs, coming to us afraid and uncertain of what their futures hold, are prone to suffer from anxiety. Our animal behavior and rescue coordinator has personally noticed a reduction in the anxiety levels of all of our dogs [thanks to the Kongs]. Most love the peanut butter-filled treat, while some simply love the comfort of chewing on the hard rubber Kong. Regardless of how the dog is using the Kong, there is a noticeable decrease in anxiety. In addition, the fact that we only give them their Kong while in their kennel has resulted in a positive association linked to being in their kennels.

How many pets did this grant help?

Each of our dogs available for adoption receives a Kong filled with treats, peanut butter, etc., on a daily basis!

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

One example of a pet helped by a Kong is Hope. She is a Pit Bull Terrier who was surrendered by her owner. She’s about two years old and is beautiful (note the lovely pink scarf!). Unfortunately, she is stressed and confused. Her Kong gives her a project and helps relieve her stress. Included are four photos: one of Hope in her pink scarf and three of other dogs enjoying their Kongs. THANK YOU, PETFINDER FOUNDATION & KONG!!

LARAS House: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We put the Kong toys in our dog pens for the dogs to play with. Our volunteers also used the toys to interact with the dogs.

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

They provided a fun activity for our dogs and enriched their environment. They also provide a toy for our volunteers to play with the dogs with, increasing socialization time. We are a no-kill shelter and many of our dogs (particularly some of our bigger dogs) stay with us for a long time. Toys are expensive and we are funded mostly from donations. Grants of multiple toys help to make sure that all of our dogs get something to play with.

How many pets did this grant help?

We have large, multidog pens, so the grant helped a little over 100 dogs.

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

One litter of pups had to be separated due to some dogs having dominance issues. These toys gave the pups something to keep them busy since they could not all be penned together. It also encouraged volunteers to play with the pups more since they had something to teethe on. Achilles, Hera, Venus, and Achilles are pups from this litter. Pups Iris and Electra are also available from that litter. Pups Cayenne and Rachel are penmates and were enjoying their toy together. Rachel’s sister Sophie was watching the action and is also available for adoption! All pups shown in the pictures are available for adoption. See them on Petfinder.com!

Guilford County Animal Shelter: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received a box of KONGs and used them as enrichment toys for some of the dogs who have been at the Guilford County Animal Shelter for a longer period of time, as well as some of the dogs going through therapy, like our friend Toby, who was a suspected burn victim. They loved them!

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

We were able to provide a safe, more sanitary toy to some happy dogs at the shelter. The KONGs we received are durable, easy to clean, and lots of fun for our pups! This enrichment allowed the dogs something to keep them occupied while spending time in their kennels, between being walked and taken out to play by volunteers. This caused the dogs to become less stressed in their cage, and less destructive with other toys once they got outside.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant helped more than 100 dogs at the Guilford County Animal Shelter, and is continuing to help more! As the dogs are adopted, the KONGs are cleaned, sanitized, and given to other dogs.

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

Toby, a suspected burn victim, arrived at the Guilford County Animal Shelter in April 2014 with third-degree burns covering over 50% of his body. We immediately began treating him and were pleasantly surprised by his quick recovery and how much hair he was growing back in just weeks! Of course, with the healing process brought lots of itching and skin irritation, so we wanted to soothe him and make his recovery as comfortable as possible. One thing that really helped keep his mind off of his skin was the enrichment we received from you — a KONG with a small frozen cheese treat inside. He absolutely loves them and it keeps him busy and distracted until the whole ice cube inside is gone. Toby, and the staff at the Guilford County Animal Shelter, thank you!

Humane Society of North Iowa: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received 30 KONG toys of various sizes to use in our shelter. We have really gotten a lot of use out of them and the dogs love them! We fill them with a combination of donated items: peanut butter, oatmeal, Cheerios and honey. We also use the ice cube trays we received with the KONGs to make “pup-cicles!” The dogs love it!

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

When we give a dog a KONG toy, they are stimulated for a period of time. This decreases boredom in the kennel and helps them to stay busy.

How many pets did this grant help?

An average of 30 (the number of KONGs we were granted) each time we use them.

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

We have one dog in particular, Goldie, who suffers from what we refer to as a the dog version of ADHD and a little bit of OCD as well. She’s 11 years old and had lived her life prior to entry in our shelter in a kennel behind someone’s garage with little to no human interaction. When she came into our shelter, she was so wild and frantic that volunteers had a hard time walking her. With a combination of medication and the use of a KONG in her kennel each day, Goldie has settled down dramatically and is much easier for volunteers to handle.

Pima Animal Care Center: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Petfinder Foundation generously donated 300 KONG toys to help Pima Animal Care keep our dogs happy, healthy and entertained while they wait with us for new adoptive families.

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

Shelter life can be scary for pets who’ve been displaced from their families and the comforts of home. As our community’s only open-admission shelter, we take in nearly 24,000 homeless pets a year, and they are all housed at our aging, noisy campus that was built in the 1960s. Treat time, volunteer snuggles and enrichment toys like the KONGs generously donated by the Petfinder Foundation help our temporary residents block out the noise and feel safe. By helping us keep our dogs healthy, entertained and happy, the Petfinder Foundation is ensuring we can save more of their lives than ever before.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant has helped thousands of our homeless dogs.

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

The first family of Finley, a 5-year-old Chihuahua/Italian Greyhound mix (first photo), said they were surrendering him to us because he was not getting along with their other dogs and young child. After Finley was evaluated by our staff and cleared for adoption into a child-free family, he waited 10 days to be noticed. During that time, the enrichment activity that Finley received from the granted KONG toys meant he was relaxed, happy and ready when his adopter – who also happens to be one of our volunteers — finally walked by. The volunteer went home and told his wife, Carole (she’s also a volunteer), that he’d found a promising new member of their family. Carole brought their other dog in to meet Finley and found it was the right fit! “It was the perfect match for us, because he’s a lap dog,” Carole said. “He’s starting to open up. You can tell he’s really starting to relax into the pack and find his place.”

Picture 2: Brought to us as a stray, 7-year-old Curly Sue came to our shelter with an emaciated body, overgrown nails and tangled coat. Our volunteers rallied around this sweet senior to get her groomed, up to a healthy weight and in foster care. A peanut butter-filled KONG toy is helping Curly Sue get the caloric boost and mental stimulation she needs while she waits for her forever home.

Pictures 3 and 4: Surrendered to us last December, Donnie instantly became a staff and volunteer favorite because of his fun-loving disposition and big, goofy grin. He waited at our shelter for a full five months, and the stimulation and stress relief he received from your granted KONG toys helped this 2-year-old Pit Bull mix stay emotionally and physically healthy during his time with us. Donnie loves children, and on May 2, he was finally adopted into a family with three kids who will treasure their new best friend!

Volunteers For Animals: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received 120 bags of KONG Cat Morsels cat treats.

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

We have many volunteers that come in each day to pet and socialize cats. Having healthy treats is a great way to make positive connections with the cats. Our volunteers really enjoy having the treats to use with the cats. It helps to bring scared cats out of their shells and gives outgoing kitties a chance to play and be rewarded. Thank you for providing this wonderful grant.

How many pets did this grant help?

So far approximately 60 cats and counting.

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

Snowy is an especially shy kitty. He came to us a stray and is really having a hard time adjusting to shelter life. We have been using the KONG treats with him to entice him out of his shell. We try to have a variety of volunteers mingle with him but always with treats. It is slowly making a difference with Snowy. And we will keep working with him. Thank you again for your generosity for shelter animals!

Geauga Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received cat treats for the cats.

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

We used the cat treats in t heir “egg-cercizers” dispensers for enrichment.

How many pets did this grant help?

All cats in our shelter that would eat them. Some cats did not like them. Roughly 500 cats.

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

Cher was a very shy cat, very unapproachable. She came in from a hoarding case. It wasn’t until we tried the Kong treats with her that we were able to start to pet her when she was distracted by eating them. We are still having some difficulty with her, but the treats have allowed us to “break the ice.”

START: Save the Animals Rescue Team: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Kong Morsels were used to provide a healthy treat to new adopters, as well as treats for our shelter cats.

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

This grant offered treats to cats and kittens that do not normally get this kind of product. By offering treats to some cats it helps to promote trust and, in some cases, comfort.

How many pets did this grant help?

Treats were offered to over 200 cats. One bag goes a long way!

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

Some cats in our care are shy and cautious, and treats can help them become trusting. Treats are associated with all things good, so when the treat bag comes out, so do the kitties!

Marion Area Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Our Kong cat morsel grant has been used to supplement cats’ diets and for rewarding of good behaviors. Volunteers are able to give the treats to cats while cuddling and exercising. Also cats are fed hard cat food to promote good oral hygiene so we can now give them the morsels to give them something a little different than their usual feeding habits.

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

Our organization’s volunteers are able to reward cats for good playing behaviors and stimulate exercise by hiding the morsels in toys and in cages where the cats have to “hunt” to get the treats.

How many pets did this grant help?

We have adopted out 61 cats and have taken in many more, all of which get cat morsels on a daily basis.

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

Skittles is a domestic shorthair kitten that was found stray and surrendered to the shelter to find a new home. He was very playful at the shelter and kittens always need plenty of exercise and stimulation. We would hide morsels while he was playing during cleaning times to let his natural hunting skills emerge. He was adopted and sent home with a bag of morsels and his Cat Castle.

Alleghany Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

To enhance the lives of shelter cats

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

It provided our shelter cats with treats they would not have otherwise been afforded.

How many pets did this grant help?

60

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

Charlie is a wonderful cat who is now being placed due to our partnership with a no-kill shelter in a higher demand area. He is one of the felines who benefited from the KONG grant!

Brookhaven Animal Rescue Alliance Ltd: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We give out your Kong cat treat at our location and when a person adopts a kitten as part of a giveaway to promote your product.

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

Kong product helped by making people who adopted remember Brookhaven Animal Rescue. We also gave some of your Kong cat treats to our in-house cats with good results.

How many pets did this grant help?

38 kittens that were adopted and 30 in-house cats

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

Some of the people we gave your cat treats to expressed that their cat and kitten enjoyed your treat.

Fayette Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received Kong cat morsels. Unfortunately, our shelter cats would not eat them.

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

Unfortunately, it did not. We planned to use in the shelter and send home with new owners but our cats would not eat them.

How many pets did this grant help?

None, although we plan to give the treats away and they may help to supplement the diet of other cats in the community.

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

I do not have a story. Sorry.

Kokomo Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received cat treats, and gave them to our stray and adoptable cats. For adoptable cats, we used them in conjunction with clicker training to train cats to come to the front of the cage so make them more visible (and desirable) to adopters.

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

We receive lots and lots of dog treats, but very few cat treats, so this was a great resource for our cat volunteers and for the staff to be able to reward, comfort and entice our cats.

How many pets did this grant help?

We recevied approximately 425 cats from the time we received the treats until today. Every one of those cats received Kong cat treats!

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

Van Gogh came to the Kokomo Humane Society in January. He was missing an ear (not an ear tip!) and because he was a stray, we had no idea of his history. But he was a beautiful long-haired cat and quite friendly, so he was placed on the adoption floor after his stray holding period. He was at the shelter several weeks, and in that time became more and more withdrawn. The Kong Cat Treats helped bring him out of his shell. He loved them! We found that he came to the front of the cage more often, hoping that visitors might have treats for him. He was adopted in late February, and we sent some Kong Cat Treats home with him. A recent report from one of the boys in his new family told us that he is happy and healthy, and purrs a lot.

Washington Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We offered the Kong treats to all of the cats in our care.

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

We offered these great Kong treats to all of the cats in our care. A lot of the cats loved batting them around before eating them. We tucked treats inside small ketchup cups and then scrunched the cup. The cats bat around the cup until the treat falls out so they get to practice natural “hunting/feasting” behavior. It was a great success and the cats loved the treats!

How many pets did this grant help?

150

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

Earl Grey is a 4-year-old charcoal short hair cat. He loves to play and loved the Kong treats!

PAWS Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We use these treats in our Adoption Center. At the end of the cleaning shift, each cat is given a few Kongs as a “good night treat.” The cats love them!

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

The cats really look forward to their treats and they help keep their spirits up while waiting for adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

Since we received this grant, we have adopted over 100 cats and every one of them has enjoyed the Kong treats.

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

Isabella is a very shy 7-month-old cat. She started coming around to being handled more when rewarded with Kong treats. She started coming up to the front of the cage to receive these treats and is opening up more and more each day.

The Cat Network, Inc: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong treats were used as incentives for the foster cats. We are also using them at our Mega Pet Adoption Event which is being held April 19th. Sponsored by the ASPCA, our Miami Community Partnership holds two mega events each year where as a partnership we adopt out over 250 animals in a 12 hour period. Cat Network adopts about 30 to 40 cats. We will be handing out goody bags to adopters at the vent that have the treats in them

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

This grant gives our foster parents and their adopters of the cats and kittens a freebie to give to the cats in their care. Some of the foster parent use the treats to better socialize the cats and kittens before adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

200

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

story and pictures to follow in separate email

South Lake Animal League, Inc.: Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

In November we were awarded 35 KONGS used as enrichment toys to our pets.

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

This funding will provide important mental stimulation and comfort to shelter animals awaiting their new homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

100 +! Because KONGS are durable and able to be sanitized, we will be able to continue using them for our pets.

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

Rosie has been a long-term pet awaiting adoption at our facility. Rosie has a hard time being adopted as she becomes very protective over her owner; making finding her adoptive match a challenge. Rosie loves her KONG toys and they provide mental stimulation and comfort to her (and she is not possessive over her KONG). She becomes very playful with the KONGS and will toss them in the air and catch them as well as quietly chew on them. We are thankful that KONG provided this opportunity to give our pets some added comfort as they await their perfect match.

Chako Pit Bull Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

KONG toys for foster dogs.

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

Pit Bulls need durable, high-quality chew toys to help keep them busy in their crates at adoption events, when their foster parents are at work, etc.

How many pets did this grant help?

We received a medium box full of KONGs, so lots!

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

Hannah is a little pup we pulled from our local shelter. She came in with puncture wounds. After surgery, she had to be isolated in the shelter and wear a cone. We pulled her into our rescue/foster program, and of course, she had to take it easy for a while, but one of the bright, orange KONG toys you provided helped keep her company. We’d fill it with kibble and let her work it and, as she was feeling better, she enjoyed batting it around and playing with it. We think she liked the color, too! (Sorry for the slightly blurry photos! Pit Bull puppies on the move are notoriously difficult to photograph, plus we think the camera just really liked focusing on the bright orange KONG!)

PAWS Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The KONG toys were used for the dogs in foster care.

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

This helped with the separation anxiety by helping keep the dogs busy. We filled the KONG toys with peanut butter and other yummy treats. It keeps them occupied while fosters are at work. It has also helped cut back on the destructive chewing.

How many pets did this grant help?

Eight so far, it will continue to help more as we get new dogs in.

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

Romeo had two knee surgeries and was confined to his crate a lot as his activity was restricted to heal. He was a bit kennel crazy from being in there so much. The KONG toys gave him an activity to occupy his time. He became less depressed and destructive. The picture attached in the cast is Romeo. I couldn’t get one with the KONG; he wouldn’t cooperate. The second pic is of Hooch saying, “Where’s my Kong mommy?”