KONG Toy Grant

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.

Hill Country Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

You provided us with Kongs.

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

It gave the dogs something to do in their kennels to reduce kennel stress and make them more adoptable.

How many pets did this grant help?

Around 50 to 75

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

Dingo was having separation issues, and a Kong helps to give him something to do. It reduces his stress level and he’s turned in to such a great dog. From his Petfinder profile: “Are you looking for a four-legged personal comedian? Dingo is the jester for you. From his nubby tail-wiggles to his silly walk, he will keep you smiling! Dingo also loves to cuddle up and have his neck scratched. He keeps his kennel clean, and loves to get toweled off after a bath.” You can meet Dingo here.

Meridian Canine Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Dog Kong toys

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

As part of our enrichment program, dogs receive sight, sound, and smell activities every day. Our staff and volunteers used the KONG products in several enrichment activities, including scent games and food puzzles. KONGs were stuffed with a variety of individually selected food items: canned wet food, kibble, vegetables, fruits, meat, broth, cheeses, peanut butter, and more.

We also use stuffed KONGs as part of our crate protocol, during moments of high activity (like a walking shift or public event), and when we need to examine select dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

250

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

Jango is one of the dogs that this grant benefited. Jango is the #1 lover of Kongs. They help with his playtime enrichment, and he also enjoys a peanut-butter snack before bedtime. Jango is still available for adoption and waiting for his forever home. You can meet him here.

Maclean-Cameron Animal Adoption Center: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Kong toys used for dog enrichment. We would stuff the toys with treats, food, and peanut butter and then freeze them. This gave the dogs an extra challenge to keep them entertained during their down time.

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

This grant helped provide much-needed mental stimulation for the dogs in our care. Keeping their minds engaged helped keep them calm in their rooms while potential adopters viewed them

How many pets did this grant help?

We had seven dogs at the time the Kongs were delivered.

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

During the Covid-19 pandemic, we adopted out all but one of our dogs. This dog received one to two Kongs stuffed with various foods and treats every day to help stave off the boredom from being in a kennel most of the day. He has since stopped jumping up on the staff and reduced the amount of playful nipping he does.

Humane Society of Parkersburg: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This grant was in the form of a large box of KONG toys with a value of more than $420. Our organization has utilized and continues to utilize KONG toys for enrichment for dogs while they are in our care at our shelter; however, this grant allowed us to provide the adopters with a KONG toy as part of the packet upon adoption.

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

The KONG toys provided were utilized to provide enrichment activities for our shelter animals while in our care, as well as to be sent home with each animal upon adoption.

We especially benefited from the newer, heavy-duty KONG toys for some of our larger dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant was utilized both in the shelter and upon adoption, and to date more than 60 animals have benefited from the donation of the KONG toys.

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

This story is about a dog named Winston. He came to us with a fractured pelvis after he being hit by a car. The story below was sent to us by Winston’s new owner:

“I adopted my dog Winston from the Humane Society of Parkersburg in March of 2020. He first arrived at the shelter as a stray back in January after he was hit by a car. Winston managed to obtain a fractured pelvis from this accident and needed to be on strict cage rest for several weeks.

“I am a volunteer and foster for HSOP. One day I was there meeting a few of the dogs to try and find the next one to foster at my home when I saw Winston lying in his kennel. He had a look of defeat on his face, but once I leaned down in front of his kennel, his tail wagged like crazy as he rolled over for me to pet his belly! Later that day, I picked Winston up to foster, and a few months later I signed the adoption paperwork and made Winston a part of my family.

“I wish I could say that Winston fit right in without any issues, but is far from true. Winston suffered from extreme separation anxiety. He hated being left alone! He also needed to be on cage rest, so it was important that I do my best to keep him calm. I spoke with the shelter and they recommended we get a heavy-duty crate and they gave me some Kong toys that I froze with peanut butter.

“Giving Winston the Kong toys made his time in the kennel much less stressful. He eventually started going in without my having to pick him up and place him in the kennel. Now when he watches me put his frozen Kong toy in the kennel, he jumps right in! I am so thankful for the Humane Society of Parkersburg, and the help/advice they were able to give to me. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for making it possible that every dog at HSOP has a KONG toy to keep them busy!

Sincerely,
Michleen T. & Winston”