KONG Toy Grant

Wenatchee Valley Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received Kongs as part of our enrichment program. We stuff them and give them to dogs each morning.

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

As one of our five enrichment tools, Kongs give our shelter dogs something to focus on in the mornings. They are stuffed with canned food, so it’s a nice treat and keeps them focused on that, rather than the distractions going on around them with cleaning protocols.

How many pets did this grant help?

353

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

Conan (first photo), an adult male German shepherd, was brought into the shelter as a stray in January, adopted and then returned in March because of his size. Thanks to this grant, during his second stay he was provided with a stuffed Kong every morning. This gave him something fun to do in his kennel, gave him a treat and helped keep his mind off the noise and distraction of kennel cleaning. Conan was again adopted on May 5!

Wayne County Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The KONG toys were used to help stimulate the minds of the dogs in our facility.

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

The KONG toys were great for our residing dogs. They get bored in the kennels and these toys broke their boredom and made them think.

How many pets did this grant help?

10 dogs

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

Titan is a longtime resident of our facility. He has gone from laid-back and easygoing to excited and energetic. Because of his energy level, he gets overlooked. The KONGs that he’s been given have helped keep his mind occupied. His favorite filling is spray cheese! Titan is still available for adoption. You can meet Titan here.

Compassion Kind Foundation: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received the 2019 KONG toy grant and were able to provide our dogs of all sizes with a KONG toy to help with teething for puppies and chewing for older dogs who are learning not to be destructive.

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

This grant was so helpful to our pups both in our shelter in Puerto Rico and our foster homes in the Tampa Bay area! We brought some KONGs to the shelter for the dogs there to enjoy and some went with fosters to help with teething and chewing while in foster care. Our dogs got to enjoy a fun toy that was super helpful for their chewing needs!

How many pets did this grant help?

50

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

The KONGs provided great entertainment and chewy toys for our dogs while in the shelter and in foster! At the time, all of the dogs in our care got to enjoy them, and the great thing about having them in foster care is that most of our dogs are former strays who are learning how to adapt to a home environment. KONGs provided a great distraction when they were learning not to be destructive! All of the pups who originally got to enjoy the KONGs were adopted and while some of the KONGs left with adopters to enjoy, we still have some left in the shelter as fun toys for new rescues as they come in!

Bond County Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toys were used to provide mental stimulation for dogs when left alone.

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

Provided enrichment for when left alone.

How many pets did this grant help?

4

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

Pictured is Rocky. From his Petfinder profile: “Rocky is a 3 1/2-year-old beagle-Jack Russell mix! He needs some intensive obedience training with his new family and could also benefit from another sociable, preferably female, dog in his new household. Do you want to help a dog who lacks confidence learn to get the most out of life? Rocky could be for you!” You can meet Rocky here.

Oregon Dog Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

These super cool and durable Kong toys are being used for enrichment here at Oregon Dog Rescue. They are great tools to stimulate and enhance the dogs’ fun while they are awaiting their forever homes.

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

The 2020 Kong Toy Grant is helping to provide mental and physical stimulation to the rescue dogs while keeping them safe with these trustworthy and durable toys. Enrichment benefits the dogs in so many ways. We like to stuff Kongs with peanut butter and freeze them so when the dogs lick them it takes a little extra effort and focus for them to get the reward. Having these toys makes our dogs so happy, reduces their stress, stimulates their brains, puts their olfactory senses to good use and makes their tails wag! Kongs are staples here at Oregon Dog Rescue.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant will bring joy to countless dogs over months to come! We currently have 60 dogs who will enjoy these toys, not to mention the future residents who will benefit as well.

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

Teddy (first photo) is a super energetic and sweet cattle dog mix who is shy around the other dogs but has lots of love to give as well as energy to exert. These Kongs are bringing him a whole lot of entertainment while he waits to find his perfect match. You can meet Teddy here.

Good Shepherd Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The donated product was used for the behavioral training and enrichment of our canine population.

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

The ability to provide in-kennel enrichment, especially on days when weather will not permit outside activity, is key to maintaining good mental health in the kennels. Kongs are high-value, sturdy toys that all of the dogs love. We often fill them with peanut butter and you can tell that the dogs enjoy them because the place becomes very quiet!

How many pets did this grant help?

100

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

Mack (first photo) and Boudreaux (second photo) are two very large and very bonded dogs. They have a hard time being apart and this was especially true when they arrived here. Our kennels are big but not big enough to humanely accommodate two dogs of their size. However, when placing them into separate kennels, next to each other, they both showed signs of extreme separation anxiety. We started using peanut butter-filled KONGsS as distractions when they first entered the kennels. This worked, and both dogs have gotten used to being neighbors instead of roommates!

Meet Boudreaux here.

Meet Mack here.

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.