KONG Toy Grant

Ace of Hearts Dog Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The product was handed out to foster parents.

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

This grant provided stress relief and stimulation for some of our dogs in foster care.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Rae is a Cane Corso. One of the best-known traits about this breed is that they do not do well when left alone. Having a Kong toy filled with peanut butter helped to ease her separation anxiety when it was necessary for her to be left alone. Being a well-adjusted dog helped her to get adopted in no time. She is now in a loving forever home and is known as Raven.

MN Boxer Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The KONGs received were distributed to our foster families for use with their foster dogs.

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

The KONGs helped our dogs beat winter boredom in Minnesota and have come in handy in wake of the COVID-19 stay-at-home order. Dogs use the KONGs for play, for mind engagement, and training.

How many pets did this grant help?

11

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

In January, we had a group of puppies enter into rescue. They were nicknamed “Paw Patrol” since they were all named after characters in the popular cartoon. One of these puppies, Marshall (first photo), especially loved playing with his KONG, so his foster mom used it in kennel training. She found that he found extra comfort with his KONG in his kennel. Marshall and the five other puppies who traveled from Missouri to Minnesota with him have all been adopted.

Sparkle Cat Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Kong toys were distributed to foster homes where Sparkle kitties stay until they are adopted.

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

The Kong toys provided lots of fun and play and enrichment for foster kitties. They were a big hit! We are very thankful that Sparkle Cat Rescue was a recipient. Our kitties are often rescued off the street, where they have never seen or played with a toy.

How many pets did this grant help?

50

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

The Kongs were a hit from the minute we opened the box of toys for this enrichment grant! Jasmine (first photo) is one kitty who benefited from this enrichment grant. She was rescued in February after she was found in the woods. She had been hit by a car and both rear legs were fractured. Being crate-confined can lead to boredom, and she loved rolling around with her catnip starfish.

Another kitty, Ranger (second photo), who is being treated successfully for feline infectious peritonitis, was so excited when his foster mama presented him with his toys.

Brother and sister Calvin & Clara (third photo) even share their toys. Tortie sisters Meri and Robyn helped open the box and couldn’t wait to help distribute them. Adopted kitties Chevy (fourth photo), Diva, and Ivana got to take their toys to their new home so they’d have something they played with and loved from their foster home to help with the transition. As the other Sparkle kitties still in foster care get adopted, their toys will go with them!

Meet Calvin.

Meet Clara.

Meet Cooper.

Meet Robyn.

Meet Elsa.

Meet Landon.

Humane Society of Davie County: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Humane Society of Davie County (HSDC) received 30-40 KONG toys for dogs, which have been and continue to be distributed to the dogs in the shelter, foster homes, and new families.

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

The shelter is a stressful, chaotic, noisy, and often scary place for dogs who have been abandoned or surrendered. Very little positive stimulus exists, so having a durable toy to engage with is an excellent thing. The toys travel with the dogs into foster and adoptive homes, so again they help to ease new transitions and last for a long time. Since HSDC is dependent on donations and fundraisers, the money we raise goes to the direct needs of the pets, such as food, vaccines, and other medicines. HSDC does not have the funding to purchase toys such as the KONGS, so this donation is significant.

How many pets did this grant help?

30-40

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

Baloo (first photo) loves to cuddle, loves attention from anyone, LOVES food and treats (including carrots and bananas — such a healthy boy, haha). He does not like being in a crate and gets distressed, but he does wonderfully in my bedroom for 10 hours while I’m at work and does not have any accidents or chew anything (just his bone and a couple of treats I leave for him!). He gets along with my dog and my neighbor’s Lab mix but appears to want to chase cats and small dogs that we see on walks, so I’m not sure how he’d do with small dogs and cats are a “no.” He plays pretty rough (like my dog does, so they do well) — he chomps his teeth playfully like a puppy does when they play ????

He is working on his leash manners and doesn’t quite understand the point of a leash quite yet, but he’s doing better and not pulling as much! He could use continued leash training once he has healed up from heartworm stuff. He has a funny habit of pulling my dish towels from my oven handle to the ground, but doesn’t chew them up or anything
— he’s a funny boy. He just needs consistent training, but he’s very food-motivated and sweet, so with consistency, he should learn quickly and already has learned to sit, lie down, and shake! Oh, and he is a drooler! But with a cute face like that, it’s easy to forgive. Meet Baloo here.

Archie (second photo) is about 5 years old and is very comforted by humans that are very loving. He would love to be your Netflix watching buddy! He is shy initially, but once you show him you would love to shower him with affection and provide security, he is very trusting. He enjoys the company of other dogs, doesn’t mind cats, and is aching for a family to call his own. He is not at the shelter facility so we are happy to facilitate a time to meet him! You can meet Archie here.

Golden Belt Humane and Animal Welfare Society, Inc.: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

No funds received, only Kong toy products.

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

Kong toys are the best for dogs in our care. By filling them with tasty treats inside and freezing them, we give the dogs an enrichment activity of something to do and to help clean their teeth.

How many pets did this grant help?

All our canine friends at the shelter, as we received a dozen pieces to share at different times. The most at one time is 12.

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

Meeka is a high-energy 8-month-old puppy who needs a lot of enrichment via toys, one-on-one training and group play. Kong toys have helped calm her by causing her to work for her treats and helping to clean her teeth. This toy is the only toy that worked for her. Thank you for picking us to receive the Kong Toy Grant! You can meet Meeka here.

Lehigh County Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The awarded KONGs were used to enrich the dogs in our shelter, as well as to comfort anxious dogs who had recently arrived.

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

We have been accepting dogs from crowded shelters in the south on a monthly basis since the end of 2019. These dogs are often very frightened and anxious after a 10-hour drive and are seeking comfort. We are able to offer them some comfort and distraction through KONG products filled with peanut butter.

How many pets did this grant help?

50

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

The dog pictured is Lula, a transfer from a shelter in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We used the KONGs to help calm and comfort her as she adjusted to life at our shelter. Now that she is more acclimated to her environment, we also use them to play in our outside kennels! Lula is currently still available for adoption. Lula’s Petfinder profile is here.

Second Chance Canine Adoption Shelter: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Kongs were filled with treats and peanut butter and used for enrichment and positive-reinforcement training. We also used these as a positive kennel experiences.

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

The dogs were able to spend time out of their kennels in the enrichment area enjoying treat-filled Kongs.

How many pets did this grant help?

20 and still helping

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

Heath came to us very shy and scared of everyone. After spending time in our enrichment area with volunteers feeding him treat-filled Kongs, he as learned to trust again. He is now usually found in a volunteer’s lap. He is still available for adoption but we have numerous applications on him. You can meet him here.

Angel's Retreat: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Product used to help enrich the lives of dogs in our care.

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

Kong toys help our animals stay entertained while they are waiting for adoption.

How many pets did this grant help?

15

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

Sheila has been stuck in her kennel while she recovers from extensive surgery. Her stuffed Kongs help keep her occupied while she’s on limited exercise. You can meet Sheila here.

For Our Underdogs Refuge Outreach & Networking: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Enrichment time for dogs during decompression, stressful times, or times of crate rest to help keep their minds going.

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

We absolutely saw a difference in the dogs we had for long time, especially when we began practicing leaving the house for adoption events. They were much more mentally stimulated and calmer when we arrived home, or when we were home and they had to be crated during the day. This is a great asset during heartworm treatment and for seniors or puppies who have different gums. All of our foster families let us know that it was a great tool for them to have. This was especially useful during the decompression period.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant actually helped more than the dogs we had, but now we are definitely low (especially with the dogs destroying them after a while). I would say the grant helped 15-30 dogs.

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

The Kong grant allowed Pippin to learn to have more calming and positive associations with the crate. He once would be super frantic in his crate, and the mental enrichment that his frozen Kongs gave him is unmatched with any other item we have tried. He is now pending adoption. Fingers crossed. You can meet him here.

Fur-Ever Home Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used our Kong donation for the animals that reside at our sanctuary property.

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

We found the products to be extremely useful, especially during the cold months in Minnesota. The drop in temperatures makes it difficult for our dogs to get a lot of outdoor exercise; therefore, we have to find more creative ways to stimulate them mentally and keep them occupied.

How many pets did this grant help?

9

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

Lil Lady is a wonderful dog in our care who was rescued from a shelter after she was hit by a car and abandoned. Due to the trauma, she required an additional surgery to repair her eyelid so she would have the ability to close her eye. Unfortunately, this has left her with a unique appearance, which tends to leave her overlooked. She has been with us for a longer period of time so she now is spending her time at our sanctuary property where she can enjoy her life until her special day comes along! You can meet her here.