KONG Toy Grant

Olympic Peninsula Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received a donation of KONG toys which were used for our dog residents to help keep them stimulated while in their kennels.

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

We love to have KONGs at the shelter because they are durable, can be filled with food and provide hours of entertainment for our dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

The KONGs have benefitted approximately 25 dogs.

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

Eve is a pitbull mix who has been at the shelter for a long time and we are always looking for ways to keep her stimulated and happy. Filling a KONG with kibble keeps her occupied for hours in her kennel. She loves to play fetch and the KONGs are great because they are durable so she is able to play with the same toy for quite awhile.

Tonka is another dog who has benefitted greatly from the KONGs. He is a young German Shepherd and destroys most toys pretty quickly. The KONGs are far more durable and he is able to chew on them and keep himself occupied.

Blue Mountain Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Shelter dogs in house and in our Penitentiary training program

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

It helped to stave off kennel stress and boredom.

How many pets did this grant help?

50 and still helping lots!

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

We have several long-term, young, very energetic dogs. Currently we have had an enormous influx of puppies and we have been using the KONGs for the puppies. They love them! It has been so great to have the KONGs. We are having volunteers and staff fill them daily and hand them out at closing for them to play with during the evening.

Rescue One: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The products granted to Rescue One were KONG products. We received original KONGs, puppy KONGs, and KONG Goodie Bones. We use these for training and entertainment with the dogs in our care.

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

The KONGs that were donated to Rescue One are used by the dogs at Rescue One while in foster care. They are especially helpful at adoption events — they can get pretty noisy, but the KONGs keep the dogs quiet! They are also great while the dogs are in their foster homes, as mental stimulation decreases separation anxiety, destructive behaviors, and unwanted barking. Finally, the KONGs are also absolutely wonderful for heartworm-positive dogs! When a heartworm-positive dog has to be confined for six weeks while going through treatment, a KONG is a wonderful distraction from the monotony. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation and KONG, for the awesome grant!

How many pets did this grant help?

30+

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

This grant specifically helped and is helping Lassie, a 7-month-old female Catahoula Leopard Dog mix at Rescue One. Lassie was surrendered to Rescue One, and she has been grieving for her family ever since. She cries and whines, and just sounds plain miserable. At her first adoption event, she was not only miserable but overwhelmed. We took her to the side and gave her a KONG from the grant we received. She loved it! We stuck a treat inside, and the puzzle of it kept her busy! Lassie was no longer whining or feeling overwhelmed — she was having fun! Because of this she became more approachable, and she found her very own foster home that day! Lassie is still available for adoption through Rescue One, and she is hoping to find her very own forever home (with lots of KONGs!) very soon! Lassie’s Petfinder link is: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/31164760/

Pets Come First: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The generous donation of Kongs were used in our shelter to help stimulate the dogs while in our care looking for new forever homes. Some of the dogs that were especially fond of the Kongs actually got to take one home with them to their new family!

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

While providing extra fun and stimulation for the dogs, it also helped show some positive characteristics while prospective adopters are in the shelter, allowing future owners to get a different perspective on the dogs — especially those with high energy.

How many pets did this grant help?

Approximately 30 dogs

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

Cashmere (first two photos) is a 3-year-old pit bull who has been in the shelter for 10 months. She always has to have something in her mouth, and absolutely loves the Kong! Her favorite activity is to clean all the peanut butter out, and then carry it around with her outside, showing it off! Cashmere is available for adoption looking for a forever home without any other animals. Of course, she was so excited to have her Kong, it was tough to get a nice action shot of her! Meet Cashmere: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/29069007/

Spot (third photo) came into the shelter with a spinal injury and was hardly using his back legs. After different types of therapy and his very own wheelchair to help strengthen his legs, he can now get around pretty well without the wheelchair. However, he does still like getting in it and running over toes! Due to Spot’s needs and incontinence, he has made the shelter his perfect permanent home. Spot loves the smaller Kongs, and, just like a good Jack Russell, he enjoys protecting them from his furry friends at the shelter!

Gwinnie (fourth photo) is a 1-year-old bull mastiff and red heeler mix that was not socialized as a puppy with humans or living in a home. She has had a tough go of it being very scared and nervous, and she even escaped from her first foster family. After about three weeks hiding in farm fields, she was finally captured. She has since been adopted to a family that is working with her, and in her new home she enjoys her new Kong as a way to relax and take her mind off of being stressed out!

Animal Rescue New Orleans: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

These Kongs are wonderful aids to giving shelter dogs a much needed distraction. Filled with peanut butter, they provide for hours of chewing fun, plus a delicious treat!

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

ARNO is a no-kill shelter which strives not only to bring our rescues to full health but also to fulfill their needs at the shelter both physically and emotionally, by giving them a much-needed distraction in addition to walks and playtime.

How many pets did this grant help?

55

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

Abel is a dog rescued who no doubt comes from a background of abuse. He gets very nervous when people are screaming or waiving their arms, for obvious reasons. He enjoys his Kong and peanut butter. He sometimes gets a little depressed or in a funk, and his Kong is a great distraction to pull him out of it. Special-needs dogs like Abel are so important to ARNO’s mission to help those who would have no chance if not for ARNO. Thanks for making a difference for Abel.

Capitol Area Rescue Effort, Inc.: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Kong toys are one of our rescue’s “go-to” tools for dogs in our care. Many rescue animals come into the kennel fearful and anxiety-ridden from being in a shelter, having lost their homes and having many lifestyle changes along the road to their forever homes. Giving these dogs tasks provides meaning to their time with us, as well as provides a diversion from the loudness and frequent changes in neighboring dogs. Kong toys are highly recommended by our trainer for keeping our dogs busy.

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

We prefer to freeze peanut butter or cream cheese in our Kongs, when appropriate, to give additional longevity to the time our dogs spend working on their task of cleaning the Kong! As a quality choice for a toy for a dog, the rescue benefited financially from the gift. We are a small rescue and every dollar counts, so the ability to purchase a substantial number of toys was out of our reach. Bored or anxious dogs have their attention well diverted by Kong toys and are given hours of playtime each day!

How many pets did this grant help?

20+. With proper sanitation, these toys will continue to enrich the lives of the dogs that pass through our rescue!

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

Tyler is a male chihuahua who has been in rescue for over a year waiting for a forever home. His breed is known for its anxiety in general, and Tyler is no different. As a small dog, he cannot be given free range to run in our kennel for fear that he could be accidentally hurt by larger dogs. He spends several hours a day in his crate and boredom easily sets in. Inferior-quality toys are quickly destroyed by Tyler and other dogs like him. Kong toys provide a great diversion and way to stay focused during his crated time. And we have great news to share: After 17 months, Tyler will soon be leaving our Virginia rescue for his new home in Delaware!

The National Foundation for Animal Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Product taste-testing on cats

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

We were able to give our rescue cats nutritious treats

How many pets did this grant help?

Approximately 25

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

Our greatest special-needs cat, Baby Darwin, really enjoyed these treats. He is our hero cat, attacked by a baby raccoon when he was just 6 weeks old. Darwin’s entire head was reconstructed and his whole scalp is a skin graft. He cannot close the eye he has but is medicated daily. He is our inspiration!
Thank you for making his day brighter! 🙂

Humane Society Calumet Area: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kongs were used as part of our enrichment program for shelter dogs. The dogs in our care receive Kongs, toys, aromatherapy and positive-reinforcement training every day.

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

The shelter is a stressful environment for the animals being housed with us temporarily. Enrichment is so important to us and to the lives of all animals at HSCA. By receiving the grant of Kong toys, we were able to ensure that each dog had enrichment daily during their stay.

How many pets did this grant help?

The Kongs continue to help dogs in our care on a daily basis!

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

Fruit Loop is a young heartworm-positive pitbull that was brought to the humane society as a stray. He received little training before arriving at our shelter and has lots of energy to use; however, because of his heartworm-positive status, it is imperative that he stay as quiet as possible while we treat him. Daily KONGs keep him happy and quiet in his kennel — he has learned to sit and down for his KONG. Without KONGs, Fruit Loop would not receive the kind of enrichment that he needs to stay on the road to recovery.

Autumn is an adult pitbull that has been at the shelter since November. Due to some ongoing, unexplained lameness in her hind legs, she is restricted to leash walks and limited time outside. KONGs have given her something to do and she looks forward to her daily KONG time to settle down for a frozen treat.

Lucina has been passed up for adoption time and time again; she is a lovely dog and a staff favorite, but due to her fence jumping, she is unable to participate in playgroups each morning. She loves to spend time in an office with a stuffed KONG to help pass the time after her morning walk! Without KONGs, she wouldn’t be able to tolerate the stress of living in a shelter for the last nine months.

Rottweiler Hearts Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kongs are used to entertain and train our foster dogs. They are often filled with goodies and given to the dogs when they are first put in crates. This helps ease anxiety for dogs during crate training as it gives them something to distract them.

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

All of our dogs are kept in individual foster homes. Kongs serve as great, high-quality, durable toys for the dogs. They serve as good training tools to teach our dogs appropriate toys to chew on. They also stand up well to some tough chewers! Filling them with goodies also makes them more interactive and helps the dog with problem-solving skills.

How many pets did this grant help?

at least 10

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

Jewel is a dog who has been immensely helped by the KONG grant. When we got Jewel, we learned that BOTH back legs had torn cruciate ligaments, meaning this poor girl would need two ACL surgeries, each one followed by 4-6 weeks of crate rest. Being a younger, very playful dog, I knew she wouldn’t handle crate rest well. We keep our freezer stocked with multiple Kongs filled with peanut butter, yogurt, carrot pieces, kibble, bananas, and any combination of the above. Freezing them makes them last longer. These frozen goodies are great for entertaining Jewel and letting her get some physical and mental stimulation while confined to a crate. She goes through 3-4 Kongs per day! The Kong grant really helped us be able to ensure that we had enough Kongs to make her crate rest a bit easier on her and us! Attached is a picture of her confined in her crate enjoying a yogurt-and-carrot Kong. The other picture is also of her, pre-surgery. She is such a sweet girl and I am so grateful for Kong’s help in making her rehab a bit more manageable.

Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received 30 Kongs for our dogs in residence!

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

At any given time, we have between 50-100 dogs in residence. These dogs, coming to us afraid and uncertain of what their futures hold, are prone to suffer from anxiety. Our animal behavior and rescue coordinator has personally noticed a reduction in the anxiety levels of all of our dogs [thanks to the Kongs]. Most love the peanut butter-filled treat, while some simply love the comfort of chewing on the hard rubber Kong. Regardless of how the dog is using the Kong, there is a noticeable decrease in anxiety. In addition, the fact that we only give them their Kong while in their kennel has resulted in a positive association linked to being in their kennels.

How many pets did this grant help?

Each of our dogs available for adoption receives a Kong filled with treats, peanut butter, etc., on a daily basis!

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

One example of a pet helped by a Kong is Hope. She is a Pit Bull Terrier who was surrendered by her owner. She’s about two years old and is beautiful (note the lovely pink scarf!). Unfortunately, she is stressed and confused. Her Kong gives her a project and helps relieve her stress. Included are four photos: one of Hope in her pink scarf and three of other dogs enjoying their Kongs. THANK YOU, PETFINDER FOUNDATION & KONG!!