KONG Toy Grant

Stop the Suffering: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong products were used for foster dogs in our care.

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

The grant helped provide Kongs for our dogs so that they could learn to relax and have an outlet for potential anxiety during downtime.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

Hettie had complete focus while attempting to get to the bottom of the Kong to get every last bit of goodness out. He went to his forever home last week and we definitely let them know how much he loves his Kong!

SPCA Florida: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received a donation of KONG toys that have been used to entertain dogs in our care while they wait for homes.

Among the KONG toys were a number that were grey, with thicker walls than the regular ones. Our shelter crew found them extremely durable, which is fantastic for heavy chewers and in a shelter environment. The downside is that the reinforced wall allows less space for filling, so the toy doesn’t keep dogs occupied for as long. They feel $15-20 would be a fair retail price since they do not get destroyed, even by eager and large dogs in a shelter environment.

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

The KONG toys came at just the right time and made a huge difference for both the dog kennel staff and the dogs. We started the year with an outbreak of pneumonia in the dog kennels, so we had to close them for visitors and adoptions while treating all the dogs, keeping them in quarantine, and doing a deep cleaning to get rid of the infection. This meant several weeks of bored, high-energy dogs who could only have toys and items that withstand regular disinfection. Right after this was over and we prepared to open came the COVID-19 crisis and we had to close the entire facility to the public. Saying that the KONGs were life-saving may be an exaggeration, but they were certainly sanity-saving.

For the next question, I don’t have the correct answer since the KONGS are still in use and will be for a long time. They’re cleaned and used over and over again. 🙂

How many pets did this grant help?

150

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

Charley (first three photos) spent a total of 949 days in shelters, 279 of these with SPCA Florida. He was with us through both the pneumonia outbreak and COVID-19 closing. Before all that happened, he was quite popular on doggie dates and sleepovers, but never found his Happily Forever After. Just like all dogs, Charley loves getting a filled Kong to entertain him.

Charley’s story has an interesting twist: He was featured in a Dogs on Zoom event sponsored by Pedigree. The person adopting him had lost all her dogs to old age during a span of just a few months — the oldest had been over 17. She saw Charley and knew that he was the dog for her. I think his extended wait in shelters was to find just the right person. He filled the hole in her heart, and she gave him the perfect home he so needed and deserved.

L.A.S.S.I. (aka Oceana County Animal Shelter): KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

While the dogs are staying at the shelter and awaiting their new furever homes, the Kongs were invaluable in keeping them from getting bored. They loved them.

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

One dog in particular was at the shelter for more than a year and just recently got adopted. She is a strong girl and destroyed most toys, but not the Kongs — she loved them, especially filled with treats. She would carry one around with her like a baby, probably so no other dog could get it.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Calamity Jane was a 2-year-old pit/boxer who arrived at the shelter with her sister, Annie. They were both at the shelter for more than a year and no one had any interest in adopting them. They were both strong dogs and needed the right family.

Happily they both were recently adopted to great families who understood their needs. The Kong toys were invaluable in helping Jane and her sister Annie stay well-adjusted as they awaited their forever homes. Both sisters are very high-energy, large and very strong dogs. They destroy most toys immediately.

Underdog Pet Rescue and Vet Clinic: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received the Kong Toy Grant, and it was perfect timing. We had a number of high-energy dogs and heartworm-treatment dogs at the time, and our fosters snatched up all of the Kongs to use within a few days of arrival.

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

This grant helped us save money and resources while still providing our foster homes with Kongs. We recommend that our foster homes don’t leave dogs alone with anything other than Kongs in their crate, as we trust Kongs’ safety. We recommend foster parents who have heartworm-positive dogs on crate rest take a few Kongs so they can always have one ready to help their foster dog chill out and still have something productive to do.

How many pets did this grant help?

20+, as we can clean reuse them.

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

One of our foster parents noted, “This saved my sanity with Billy Bob (first photo). We used them multiple times a day.” Billy Bob was a high-energy dog whom she fostered who needed a lot of physical activity, but also needed mental stimulation. Filled and frozen Kongs really helped Billy settle down at night in his crate, and helped his foster parents hang in there when they got a foster pet who had more stimulation needs than they had expected. We were able to recommend the adopters go buy a few to have on hand for their use, too. Billy Bob has been adopted.

Golden Belt Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Enrichment for our shelter dogs. Kong toys are a great tool in helping dogs keep busy or entertained during their stay at the shelter.

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

The dogs love the treats we put inside and they work to get them out.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

Meeka, 9-month-old pointer mix, loved playing with the treat-filled Kong toys. She was displaying high anxiety and only liked tennis balls until we gave her Kong toys. After we gave them to her, she was able to keep busy and not show so much anxiety from being in the shelter. Miss Meeka has since been adopted and has learned to love other toys, but she still loves her Kong!

Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received a shipment of Kong toys, which are wonderful! Depending on allergies/likes/dislikes, we fill them with peanut butter to keep them engaged and prevent boredom.

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

We love Kong toys, but as a nonprofit with a limited budget, we are not able to buy top-of-the-line toys like these. They are very helpful for keeping dogs from being bored, particularly if they have been here long-term. Boredom can create behavioral issues, which in turn makes it even harder for them to find homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

It is difficult to give a definite number of pets that the grant has helped. We recycle them as needed. When one pet leaves for a new home, another pet will benefit from the Kong (after sanitizing). Since Kings are almost indestructible, it would literally be hundreds of animals being helped.

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

Jones is a 2-year-old American bulldog mix looking for a home with an experienced dog handler. Just look at that adorable face. We think he is very photogenic! Like many 2-year-olds, Jones sometimes has trouble focusing on one thing at a time, and is easily bored. He loves to chew, and the KONGS give him that opportunity to chew and stay focused while preventing possible behavioral issues or destructive habits. KONGS are so sturdy! Jones has yet to destroy one, although other toys were not as fortunate. You can meet him here.

Hope4Hearts Animal Rescue, Inc.: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toys were given to our dogs in foster care.

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

The toys helped provide entertainment and stimulus to our pups, not only during playtime, but also while kenneled.

How many pets did this grant help?

10-15

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

One of our favorite stories is Mystic (first photo). His foster parents reported he loved playing with his Kong toy and insisted that it be in his kennel every night at bedtime. Mystic was recently adopted and took his Kong toy with him. From his Petfinder profile: “Hi, my name is Mystic. The vet says I’m about 1 1/2 years old. Some mean people left me and four others crammed in a crate in the freezing rain outside of a business and right when we were about to give up hope of ever being warm again, the employees found us the next morning and brought us in and warmed us up.

“They called a rescue group, where we found our foster parents, and they came and got us and have nursed us back to health from malnourishment and intestinal worms. I feel so much better now! And my foster parents say I’m a really good boy and deserve my own family. I love playing with my foster siblings and learning what love is all about from my amazing foster parents. Could you be my new forever family? I promise I’ll love you unconditionally and snuggle with you!” He has been adopted.

Humane Society of the Palouse: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received the Kong Toy Grant valued at $139.90. We requested this donation for our Enrichment Program to keep our animals mentally and physically stimulated while in our care.

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

This grant was one of the first products we received while starting our Enrichment Program. Our goal was to ensure that each animal received some kind of stimulation each day, whether it was physical or mental. Having Kongs for every dog in our care allowed us to create exciting and beneficial treats for each dog. By offering our animals an enrichment such as filled Kongs, we noticed a decrease in barking and howling, as well as a decrease in kennel destruction (urinating, defecating, bed-chewing, etc).

During Covid-19, we unfortunately had to shut our doors to volunteers, so having the ability to enrich the days our animals in other ways was extremely important.

How many pets did this grant help?

So far this grant has helped enrich eight different dogs in our care, but it will continue to help many dogs in the future.

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

We had a dog in our care named Sonic (first and second photos). He was with us from March 6 to April 27, 2020. Sonic was a border collie mix, and was extremely high-energy. Dogs like this tend to have a harder time in a shelter environment, so we work hard to find ways to enrich those animals as much as possible.

During Sonic’s stay at HSoP, we unfortunately had to close our doors due to COVID-19, which meant we could not have any volunteers or visitors. This made their stay hard for every animal, but Sonic struggled more than usual. He wasn’t able to get his regular daily exercise.

Our being able to offer him a stuffed Kong allowed him to mentally decompress and relax. We noticed an immediate difference in his attitude and the cleanliness of his kennel. Because of the Kong Toy Grant, we were able to help Sonic stay happy and healthy until he found his forever home. Sonic has since been adopted, and is living a wonderful life.

Humane Society of York County: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong grant provided stimulating toys for our pet-enrichment program.

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

The benefit was to our pets. The Kongs were often filled with peanut butter and frozen so that the dogs could enjoy them during the evening hours.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

One pet who loved his Kongs was Gatlin (Gatty). She has not been adopted but we are hopeful that right person is out there and will soon find their way to our rescue. Gatty loves her Kongs filled with a treat. She enjoys working on figuring out how that treat can come out so she can enjoy both the treat and the puzzle. You can meet her here.

Pawswap of Greater Lafayette: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the Kong products for kennel enrichment to keep the dogs entertained and to stimulate their senses, since they are cooped up a majority of the day in kennels.

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

The products helped give the dogs something to do and something to look forward to to break up the long days when they are unable to be in a home.

How many pets did this grant help?

30+. The Kongs are re-usable and washable. They will help many more to come.

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

We have sent home Kongs with some dogs who have a bit of separation anxiety and struggle being crated when left alone. This applies to Lady, who has never been an only dog. Now she is in a foster home and thriving. The Kong has helped give her something to do when she’s alone.