KONG Toy Grant

Mit Liebe German Shepherd Dog Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The KONGs MLGSDR received will be used for our new intake dogs who are kept at the boarding kennel until they find their foster or forever homes. The KONG will be theirs to keep and moved along with them as they go from boarding to foster to forever homes. The excess KONGs will be utilized at our facility that we keep our “permanent” residents at.

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

The KONG toy grant helped MLGSDR by providing long-lasting, mentally stimulating toys that our new intakes and permanent residents can utilize. German shepherds can be very destructive when they are bored, and by providing them with a tough toy like a KONG, that will help keep their minds busy while they wait to find their forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Rubble has been looking for a foster or forever home for over eight weeks now and has been spending his time in the boarding kennel. I delivered a KONG to him after we received the package and he loved chewing and chasing it. The KONG will help him pass the time he spends in his kennel and will make his outside time even more enjoyable since he loves chasing his KONG. Meet Rubble: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/34602950

SevaDog: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received a box of 8-10 small KONGS.

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

KONGS are an excellent way to stimulate the mind of a dog. While waiting in their little rooms they can get bored and lonely. KONGS take away the boredom and make their experience inside much more pleasant.

How many pets did this grant help?

The refurbished KONGS last for about three months before coming apart. Potentially the KONGS will go through at least 30 dogs but 8-10 at a time.

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

We took in two min pin puppies surviving parvo. They were tiny, and so playful. But they had to be separated from the other dogs until they were completely healthy. KONGs saved their minds and gave them some exercise. We were very grateful for the timing of the donation. Both girls have been adopted!

Cedar Bend Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This KONG grant was used to add joy to the lives of our homeless pets. We filled each one with peanut butter, cheese, treats and catnip, froze them overnight, and distributed them to each pet the next day. Our animals were in heaven! Please view the video on our facebook page here: http://bit.ly/1QOnn6m

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

KONGs offer kennel enrichment; satisfy the need to play, chew, and engage; and keep minds sharp and occupied. They also have a calming effect on the pets, which is always a good side to be seen by potential adopters. Thank you!

How many pets did this grant help?

50+

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

One dog in particular, Olivia, a lab-pit bull mix, was always a bit cranky when people got too close to her cube. She never snapped or lunged, but she would snarl a bit as she turned away from potential adopters. But the day she got her frozen peanut butter KONG treat, she was in seventh heaven, and much calmer and more approachable to visitors. She has since been adopted!

Humane Society of Western Montana: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received the KONG product grant valued at $139.50 on Jan. 7, 2016. The Humane Society of Western Montana is committed to “Saving Every Animal Every Time.” In support of this mission, we don’t set a time limit on a pet’s stay with us, and ensure shelter pets have everything they need while they’re in our care. For many pets that’s a special treat or a nice distraction, and KONGs are perfect!

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

Lora O’Connor, former Executive Director of the Humane Society of Western Montana, was thrilled to hear we were selected as a recipient. “Many years ago, we received a box of KONGs as a donation and began enriching shelter dogs’ kennel time with peanut butter and biscuits. Today, we believe in providing physical, emotional and medical care for the pets in our care so much that it is part of our mission statement. We use KONGs daily to keep our shelter dogs busy and happy while they await adoption.”

How many pets did this grant help?

200-400: Dogs in our care receive one KONG a day almost every day.

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

Woodstock, a shepherd-mix puppy, came to the Humane Society of Western Montana at the end of 2015 with his mom and seven puppy siblings. Since the pups were still too young to be in a shelter environment, they lived with one of our dedicated foster families until they were old enough to be adopted. The puppies came back to the shelter in January 2016. At eight weeks old, their personalities were showing through. While each pup was unique, it was clear they were a close litter and loved being around each other.

One by one, families came and adopted the pups. And, one by one, they overlooked Woodstock, the runt of the litter, until Woodstock was the only pup left. We tried promoting him on social media and highlighting him on our website, but he still stuck around. And it became apparent that he missed his puppy siblings. His energy level changed, he was less excited, not as playful, and somewhat uninterested in his food.

Concerned about his behaviors, we tried a small puppy KONG filled with some tasty treats — and it worked! It gave Woodstock something to do while he waited for his perfect family. And a few days later, that perfect family showed up!

We recognize the value of KONGs for our shelter pets. To us, they are more than toys — they are a great tool. Whether a pet needs some mental stimulation when it’s too cold to go outside, or needs to pass the time while they wait for a family like Woodstock, or just wants a fun treat, KONGs are a daily tool for the Humane Society of Western Montana.

Hardin Animal Relocation and Transition Team (HARTT): KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received a grant of Kong toys on Jan. 11, 2016, for use with our foster dogs and puppies in our rescue. Since receiving the Kong toys, we have used them with over 300 animals who have passed through our rescue. When we received the physical toys, we shared a photo of them with our Facebook fans (over 45,000 likes) and let everyone know how excited we were that the babies would have great toys to play with for the New Year.

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

We were so excited to receive toys that could be washed and sanitized daily for our puppies to play with and chew on. As a rescue that deals mostly with litters of puppies that we bring into foster homes, vet, and then transfer to northern rescues who find them homes, we have many litters in puppy playpens and exercise pens who are really in quarantine from outside play or being with other animals. Since they don’t get out of their pens except during cleaning periods each day, the time that they can play and entertain themselves is important. Of course, the toys get dirty and need to be cleaned. With Kongs, we can clean them and disinfect them easily with soap, water and bleach. We can also sanitize between litters to keep infection or disease from transferring between litters like we do with the puppy pens, water and food bowls. The puppies and big dogs loved having treats inside the Kongs as well. They have a great time following them around as they wobble across the pen. Once a puppy comes out of quarantine, they can play with their toys nicely on a hardwood floor while waiting for their adopter to come pick them up. 😉

How many pets did this grant help?

These toys have entertained and enriched about 300 dogs and puppies in just the last three months, and they will continue to help animals throughout the year.

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

We get litters of puppies who are scared and fearful due to having been dumped in the woods, or who are not being used to human touch for whatever reason. These puppies are usually so used to just survival that they have no idea how to play. Usually, the Kongs will sit ignored in their pens for a few days, but then in a day or two, one of them finds that it can be chewed on. Then another will play keep-away from a sibling and it becomes a fun thing that they enjoy playing with together. Then we find that they take it into their sleeping areas as a prize to keep safe. They look forward to getting their clean areas with their new Kong toys several times a day at that point. It is a pleasure to see them come out of their shells and just relax and play!

Save A Life Pet Rescue Team: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong Toy Grant was used to enrich the lives of dogs and puppies in foster care while awaiting adoption.

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

The Kong Toy Grant helped Save A Life Pet Rescue continue its mission of helping abandoned and neglected animals in the Central Florida area successfully find forever homes. The toys helped our dogs and puppies transition easily from foster homes to forever homes by providing amusement, and safely engaging and accommodating natural chewing behavior. The toys were recommended to new adopters to provide a seamless transition in the household. The rescue and adoption process can be very stressful changes for dogs and puppies. Having the Kong Toy Grant prevented common stresses and destructive behaviors that allowed for a successful adoption. The toys are durable and easy to clean, use, and reuse.

How many pets did this grant help?

50

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

KiKi, a young Chihuahua mix, is very active and social and didn’t like to be crated. She would bark, paw, and bite at the crate every time. Her foster introduced her to the Kong toy, filling it with lots of hard-to-reach treats that kept KiKi so busy, she forgot she was in a crate! Needless to say, KiKi was so well-behaved at the adoption event, she was one of the first dogs to be adopted by the perfect family!

Mikey is a Chihuahua-mix puppy in a litter of four. Mikey and his brothers and sisters loved their Kong toys. Mikey and his littermates were rambunctious little pups, to say the least. The toys were especially useful to teach these pups what was okay and not okay to chew. They had a bad habit of chewing their water and food dishes. Using the Kong toys helped keep them occupied and stopped them from chewing on the bowls.

Saving Paws Animal Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the Kongs for our foster dogs.

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

This helped our foster dogs by giving them additional enrichment. It also helped our organization financially, as we did not have to purchase the Kongs.

How many pets did this grant help?

12 of our foster dogs, and it will help additional ones also.

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

As you can see, both big and little dogs love Kongs. They provide hours of entertainment. Both of these babies are under 1 year old and are teething — Kongs are the best.

River Cities Bully Buddies: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The product has been used for puppy play/shenanigans.

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

The box of puppy Kongs has provided mental as well as physical stimulation and has helped to keep our rambunctious pups in foster homes stimulated and content, which in turn keeps our foster families happy!

How many pets did this grant help?

We have used three them. We have more adults than puppies at this time.

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

This is a photograph of Jewel, one of our “forest babies” (they were found abandoned in the woods at approximately 6 weeks of age) with her KONG toy. It is difficult to get a photograph of any of the pups in action, they just blur. So we had to settle for a picture of her and the KONG together. According to her foster mom, she would run up to the toy, bark, nudge it and then run off, repeat. She would occasionally grab it and run just like a child showing off her new toy. Foster Mom would also fill it with peanut butter occasionally, which would keep Jewel busy for a long time so Mom could get some housework done. Thank you again for supporting our mission and helping to make our pups AND foster families happy!

UPDATE: Jewel has been adopted!

Boxer Rescue of Idaho: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received the Kong grant.

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

Boxers love Kongs! Many of the boxers coming to us have separation anxiety. Giving the boxer a Kong that has been filled with yummy treats and frozen when the dog is being left alone helps the boxer to learn that good things happen when he is left alone.

How many pets did this grant help?

Countless! The Kongs will be used for many boxers yet to come to us.

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

Sabrina (first photo) came to us with severe separation anxiety. On top of the separation anxiety, she was terrified of a crate and would not go near it. Starting out slowly, we started placing her Kong close to her crate, then right by the crate, and eventually in the crate with the door open. We are still working on the separation anxiety, but with the help of a Kong, she is no longer terrified of her crate, which is a huge step for Sabrina.

Brown County Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toys that we received were used to provide enrichment and play time for the dogs in our care. Our behavior specialist was also able to use the product during training sessions as rewards for the animals he was working with. In addition, it is also a great training toy for the puppies we have in our care.

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

Boredom is a constant issue that the dogs in our care face every day. The Kong toys you provided give our dogs a break from their boredom and allow them to get some mental stimulation during times when staff are not able to play with them. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that every dog in our care receives the highest quality of life possible while waiting for their new forever home. The Kong toys allow them to be mentally stimulated and get a fun treat in the process, which is always an added bonus.

Also, using the Kong toys for the puppies we have in our care can alleviate their boredom as well as promote proper chewing habits as they continue to grow. Puppies and their chewing can always be a concern for a potential adopter, so developing the habit of our puppies playing with Kongs during times of intense chewing is something that can make life better for both puppies and their adopters further down the road.

How many pets did this grant help?

To date, it has helped over 20 dogs in our care. But we still have more Kongs to share, so in all this grant should help at least 50 dogs.

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

Zorro (first photo) is a dog who has been in our care for several months. Unfortunately, Zorro has a few behavioral issues our staff is working through before we find him the perfect family. After being in a shelter for an extended amount of time, a dog can decline and begin to show symptoms of boredom and this can affect their mental health. Zorro was a part of the first play group we introduced the new Kong toys to when we received your generous grant. To be able to see a dog who is usually cautious and unsure of new things be so excited about this new toy was amazing. He was all wiggles and truly enjoyed his new toy. It provided some much-needed mental stimulation and allowed him to get out some of his energy by playing with his new toy. For however long Zorro stays with us, we will ensure that he receives all the stimulation and exercise he needs, including the use of the Kong toys you donated.
UPDATE: Zorro has been adopted!

Corbin (second photo) was one of a litter of five puppies we received. He was the last puppy to be adopted and so he was without his playmates for about a week before finding his new home. The Kong toy provided him a fun, new and interesting toy to stimulate his mind as well as promote the proper chewing habits he needed in his new home. Being able to chew on his Kong toy helped Corbin to learn not to chew on other items in his foster parents’ home. Also, by sending this toy home with him, it also gave him something familiar when he met his new family, which helped to reduce his stress level during the first few days in a new environment.
UPDATE: Corbin has been adopted!

Chloe (third photo), a foxhound mix, has also been adopted.