We received a 2019 KONG Toy Grant and used the Kongs to provide enrichment and entertainment for the adoptable dogs in our care.
This grant of Kongs has been especially useful for dogs who are temporarily housed at our small facility, The Haven Hut. We are primarily a foster-based rescue, but The Hut is used for short-term housing in that gap between when a dog needs rescue from a shelter and when a foster home is available. Dogs typically spend a few days to a couple weeks at The Hut, and Kongs allow them have something special of their own to play with (and get treats of frozen peanut butter to snack on) outside of the shifts when volunteers are there to play, walk, and cuddle with them.
We have also provided some of the Kongs to our fosters with puppies who need to learn what is appropriate to chew (including Perdita, the black mixed-breed puppy in the second photo; she has been adopted!), and fosters with heavy chewers so that our adoptables have special items to keep them safely entertained while they adapt to home life and prepare for adoption.
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Celeste (first photo) is a 6-year-old pittie mix who is quite intelligent and thrives when she has something to keep her busy and engaged. She loves to work her brain with toys more than almost anything, and is very happy to spend some time with her Kong (especially when it’s filled with treats like peanut butter!). Because Celeste is a heavy chewer, Kongs are great for her as she gets mental stimulation while she figures out how to get her tasty snacks, and has long-lasting fun chewing something that holds up to her chomping. Celeste is still available for adoption, and her ideal home is one with a family (no young children, please) who will keep her active and mentally stimulated so she can use her energy in positive ways!