KONG Toy Grant

St. Clair County Animal Control: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We use the Kongs for enrichment purposes for the dogs and the cats in the shelter.

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

We have a large number of dogs and cats that we cycle through without a large volume of volunteers, making their stimulus time short. By utilizing the Kong toys, we are able to expand their enrichment time with minimal personnel.

How many pets did this grant help?

100 and counting

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

We had a dog named Tripp (first and second photos) who was extremely good outside of his cage, but when he was in his kennel and members of the public would walk through, he would bark and jump, not showing well. He also would make a mess out his kennel every time a person would walk by. Before we’d walk families through, we would give him a frozen, filled Kong toy to keep him occupied, and he was adopted within the first week of using that method. He is now happy in his home with a great family and a nice older brother.

Randolph Regional Animal Shelter: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received the XL Extreme Kongs.

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

We stuff/freeze the Kongs to give to our dogs after the shelter closes for the day. This grant was VERY helpful, as the XL Extreme Kongs are the most expensive. We wash/sterilize them daily after use and they last a long time. Giving the dogs the filled Kongs settles them down and keeps them busy for a few hours when they are alone.

How many pets did this grant help?

5

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

Boss is a nervous dog when he is not with people. He is also a tough chewer and can only have the XL Extreme Kong. Boss is still up for adoption. From his Petfinder profile: “Boss is an adorable mix with a gorgeous chocolate coat. He is a young boy, probably under a year old. He is currently working with a trainer here at the shelter on his basic commands. He is sweet, gentle, and walks well on a leash. Boss is neutered and up-to-date on vaccinations.” You can meet Boss here.

 

East Bay SPCA: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toys were used to enrich the lives of dogs in our shelter.

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

The dogs in our care greatly benefited from the extra enrichment provided by the Kongs. When dogs were given Kongs, the noise and stress levels in the kennel runs dropped drastically as the dogs worked to get the treats and peanut butter from the Kongs. We are now using these items as part of a regular enrichment program to provide ongoing mental stimulation for the dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

Since receiving the Kongs, we have had 284 dogs in our care, all of whom have benefited from the additional enrichment.

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

Jasmine was a very small terrier mix puppy who came into our shelter as a transfer from a municipal shelter partner. She was transferred in with her sibling, who was twice the size she was. We were concerned about her due to her size difference from her sibling and worried that she may have had an underlying medical condition. We sent Jasmine to foster care while she got bigger and was treated for GI issues. She underwent extensive medical testing with us, including bloodwork, full body x-rays, and numerous veterinary exams. We were thrilled to learn that she was fully healthy and just needed some extra time away from her sibling to gain weight and flourish into an adorable, active puppy. When she returned to the shelter from foster care, she was kenneled alone, as her sibling had already been adopted. We were able to provide her with a Kong toy to help occupy her time and ease her transition back into the shelter. Her comfort in her kennel helped showcase her to potential adopters and she has since found her forever family.

SPCA of Texas: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toys got some heavy usage by the dogs in our shelter. Some dogs waiting for adoption played with/chewed on the toys and others who needed behavior modification played with the toys during behavior sessions — the behaviorists used the toys as rewards for the dogs when they behaved as expected.

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

The Kong toys helped tremendously. We rely heavily on donations so we can provide veterinary care, shelter, and food, and meet other needs the pets in our care have. Toys are a huge need and the Kong toys filled that need. They are so durable that we were able to clean and reuse them for many dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

200

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

Dakota was a rescue. When he came to us, he was emaciated and had numerous health issues. Our veterinarians and veterinary technicians worked for weeks to restore Dakota back to health, and when he was medically ready, the behaviorists took over. He had major trust issues and was afraid of people. The behaviorists worked with Dakota using Kong toys and other items to get Dakota to trust humans. With the help of the staff and the Kong toys, Dakota became a happy, healthy dog and has found his forever home.

The Haven No-Kill Animal Shelter: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Haven caregivers utilize the Kongs daily to help reduce stress in our canine residents who are visiting The Haven until they are ready for a new loving home. Each Kong is stuffed with layers of goodies before being frozen for 24 hours. Each morning at 11 a.m., volunteers and our small staff distribute these frozen treats to our canine residents, who are happily awaiting this special tidbit. Additionally, by decreasing stress and improving the quality of life for a Haven adoptable dog, the animal’s length of stay will decrease.

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

These Kongs have helped reduce the stress of our canine residents who visit the shelter until they are healthy and ready for adoption. Our adoptable canines are showing behaviors that indicate calmness, trust, and happiness. This resonates with potential adopters and helps reduce their length of stay by getting them responsible, caring homes for the rest of their lives.

How many pets did this grant help?

From June 1, 2019, until Sept. 30, 2019, these Kongs have changed the lives of 40 canines.

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

Annamae is a beautiful, 5-year-old, free-spirit hound mix who was found wandering the streets in search of her next meal. Thankfully, an animal control officer picked her up and brought her to the animal control shelter. While there, she hopefully waited for months for her owner to reclaim her. Annamae’s life was changed when we met her and transferred her to The Haven.

When she arrived at The Haven, our caregivers quickly got to work providing Annamae with medical care, nutritious food, and lots of love. However, we noticed that Annamae was also suffering from extreme stress, and that being confined in a small area for too long caused her to spin in circles.

Our caregivers gathered and discussed Annamae’s behavior-modification plans with the team. The plan included daily walks, playgroups, enrichment toys, and a frozen Kong layered with treats. When Annamae received her first stuffed, frozen Kong, she was curious about this sizable red object. She sniffed and sniffed before making short, quick licks. Suddenly she was all over it! The caregivers noticed a calmness in her behavior, and she stopped spinning in circles. Her enrichment plan was revised to include two Kongs a day.

Annamae soon began to get some interest from potential adopters. It was clear that these Kongs helped reduce her stress and provide hours of positive mental stimulation. The visitors no longer looked the other way like they did when they would see her spinning in circles.

The Kongs changed her behavior so much that we are excited to share that Annamae was recently adopted. Her adopter visited the shelter and met Annamae relaxing on her bed, enjoying her Kong. After a meet-and-greet and information about the Kong, the adopter took her home to foster her and to see how she would acclimate to his house. Just three days after taking Annamae into his life and home, the adopter returned to finalize the adoption. He said, “Annamae is doing well, and I could not imagine my life without her.” It was a great day for our sweet Annamae, whose life with us went from hopeless, to hopeful, to infinite happiness.

Warren County Animal Ark: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

To keep the dogs and puppies occupied to prevent boredom in the shelter and during events.

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

The Kong toys helped many of our dogs and puppies by providing them with a distraction from where they were and what was going on around them. Several dogs spent hours playing with the Kongs after managing to work the treats out. A lot of dogs that we impound have never had toys, so they have no idea what to do with them, are scared of the ones that squeak or just aren’t interested. The Kongs with treats inside gave them something to work for while realizing this was something they could chew on, throw around and have fun with. Unfortunately, there have been no local events that we were able to attend since we received the grant, but we have one coming in October and will definitely have the Kongs with us for the dogs. We do not have any pet stores or local retailers that hold events in our county.

How many pets did this grant help?

25

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

We have three dogs whom the Kongs are helping greatly with adjusting to shelter life: Bella, Sheila, and Sammi. Bella (first photo) was surrendered when her owner became too sick to care for her. Her owner stated that Bella needs a home where she can be the only pet, since she becomes very jealous of her human and doesn’t like to share food or treats. Since she has specific needs, it makes it more difficult for us to find her a home. She has been with us for almost a month now. Bella loves to play and chew. Her Kong toys have provided her with a durable toy that can stand up to her chewing, along with something to keep her mind occupied while she tries to work the treats out. As we wait for Bella’s new owner to come take her home, we know we can keep her busy and content by giving her a treat-filled Kong. Meet Bella here.

Sheila and Sammi were brought to the shelter on May 20th of this year. They were being held as evidence after their owner was arrested for failing to provide them with proper care. Both were underweight. They were recently officially surrendered to the shelter and we have been trying to place with a rescue group out of the area. They are not listed on any adoption sites for this reason. They have spent countless hours with their Kong toys, working at getting the treats and peanut butter out of the centers and chewing on them. We believe that having these toys has prevented them from ending up with the behavior issues that can be seen in long-term shelter residents: pacing, circling, cage-aggression and excessive barking or crying. The Kongs have definitely been a lifesaver for Sammi and Sheila.

The Humane Society of North Central Florida: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The KONG toys were used to provide enrichment for high-drive dogs waiting for their forever homes.

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

This grant helped improve the behavior and mental health, and thus the adoptability, of countless dogs in our care. Usually the late summer months are the most difficult for adoptions, but with the Petfinder Foundation’s help, we actually did better than usual when it came to adopting out adult and senior (7+ years) dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

It’s hard to pinpoint but potentially hundreds.

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

While KONG toys are most popular with high-mouth-drive dogs, Kohda was simply too big and strong for a lot of the toys at our shelter. KONGs filled with peanut butter were a saving grace because he had a habit of busting through almost everything else we gave him. Fortunately, the grant arrived just weeks after he first came to us, so KONG toys became a reliable way to keep him mentally stimulated. Our staff almost immediately noticed a difference in his behavior once he could have a peanut-butter KONG every day. Meet Kohda here.

Easy Street Animal Shelter: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received a selection of Kong toys for the dogs at our facility. Over the past months, we have filled the Kongs with peanut butter and placed them in the freezer and given them to each of the dogs each day. The dogs were able to eat the peanut butter and play with the Kongs in their kennels to help keep them occupied. Kongs were also available for play in the yards, and some dogs would play fetch with volunteers while others enjoyed playing keep-away from their playmates or even tossed the Kongs around on their own.

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

We saw a number of animals who had not shown much of a play drive become excited for the toys each day, and many demonstrated playful behavior. Dogs were given filled Kongs (sometimes frozen) each day after being out in the play area. The dogs had Kong time during the day when it was hot and overnight when they may have been bored. We did see a decrease in the boredom-chewing of the dogs’ beds and houses. The increased activity the dogs would engage in with the Kongs during play-yard time helped them to be more active.

How many pets did this grant help?

39 dogs have entered our facility since the shipment of Kongs arrived.

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

One dog, Winky (first photo), came in as an owner-surrender. Her family was upset that they had not brought her toys and said she loved playing with chew toys. We received the shipment of Kongs shortly after she arrived and she was brought into the office to check them out. She was so excited and couldn’t decide which one to play with first. She was adopted shortly after we got her.

Another of our dogs, a brindle Plott hound named Tracie (second photo), has been with us for nine months. She was heartworm-positive upon arrival and was kept quiet during treatment. She is now ready for adoption and loves playing catch, fetch, hide-the-Kong and keep-away with the other dogs in the play yard. Meet Tracie here.

Rebecca (third photo), a brindle pit mix, loves playing with Kongs and tosses them around herself if no one is around to do it for her. Meet Rebecca here.

ACT V Rescue & Rehabilitation: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kongs were given to our foster homes that currently have foster dogs.

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

The foster dogs in our care were helped by this grant by having additional enrichment toys in their foster homes. Kongs provide an enriching way to eat meals. Kongs are used for crate training as well. Our dogs are benefiting mentally and physically from enrichment.

How many pets did this grant help?

Eight dogs so far, but we will be able to provide more Kongs this year!

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

Marlo is a dog in our rescue who struggles with anxiety. Now that his foster mom has multiple Kongs, she is able to prepare them ahead of time and freeze them. Marlo is then able to have Kongs throughout the day. This activity helps decrease his anxiety. He loves getting stuffed Kongs! Marlo has not been adopted yet. His Petfinder page is here.

Puppy Pleasers Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The product was used for our rescued puppies and dogs.

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

The product helped keep our rescues entertained.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

One of the dogs whom this grant helped was a German shepherd named Esme. Esme has gone from home to home and foster to foster, but what always made her happy were her toys. When Kong’s package arrived, she was one of the adults who received one. She carried her Kong around everywhere she went! It was like a pacifier to her. She would retrieve it when thrown and would just sit with it. Today, she is finally in a good home and was able to go home with her Kong. 🙂