KONG Toy Grant

Miss Gabriel Foundation: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The KONGs helped the rescues healing from surgeries and medical procedures at the foundation.

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

It gives the epileptic dog Belle something to do while she is in her postictal state after a seizure. It gives Snow White and Aurora something to do while Snow recovers from her bilateral TPLO surgery and Aurora from her ACL lateral suture surgery.

How many pets did this grant help?

14

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

Snow White (first photo) needed to have a bilateral TPLO surgery, vulvoplasty surgery, and luxating-patella surgery — all on the same day, in one marathon surgery session. This surgery was hard on her body. We thank KONG for sending us toys to help keep Snow’s mind happy and healthy during her long eight-plus weeks of bed rest while her body heals. You can meet Snow White here.

Doggy Smiles Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Our dogs in foster homes

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

The dogs loved the Kong toys.

How many pets did this grant help?

30

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

We had a shepherd-mix puppy. He was getting in trouble by chewing on everything in his foster home. We gave him Kong toys and he loved them. He would lie down and chew on his toys instead of getting into trouble. When he was adopted, he took his toys with him.

Animal Rescue Fund: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong dog toys have been used for kennel enrichment. This has been especially helpful with the bad weather we have been experiencing, including rain and snow, making walking the dogs more difficult. The toys have also been helpful due to a lower-than-average number of volunteers due to COVID-19. The Kong toys help prevent boredom and stress with the dogs.

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

The grant has helped provide every dog a Kong toy to play with and to help prevent boredom in their kennels. The toys can be thoroughly washed and reused when one dog gets adopted and another dog is brought into our adoption program.

How many pets did this grant help?

So far more than 40 dogs have benefited, but by the end of 2020 it will be hundreds, as the toys can be used by countless dogs.

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

One specific dog whom the Kong toy grant helped was Love, a 1-year-old black Lab mix. Love barked continuously in her kennel from stress. Even though Love received several walks a day, she quickly became bored after her walks and would bark nonstop in her kennel. When we gave Love a Kong toy filled with peanut butter or Easy Cheese, Love was quiet during the time she licked the Kong and for a period of time after. Love was adopted within a week of our adding Kong toys to her daily routine.

SC Sheltie Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Thank you for the generous donation of Kong toys for our rescued Shelties!

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

It gives the dogs some mental stimulation while they are waiting on their adoptive homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

Tassels is one of our foster pups who has really enjoyed receiving a daily Kong stuffed with goodies! She is a high-energy girl, and having this mental stimulation is really helping her. She is not adopted yet but has a few promising applications.

Animal Rescue New Orleans: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kongs were used to give enrichment to dogs at the shelter.

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

This grant gave much-needed distraction and enrichment to dogs at the shelter waiting to get adopted. We fill them with peanut butter. It helps dogs who are stressed out or nervous concentrate on their Kongs. It also helps puppies who are still teething.

How many pets did this grant help?

45

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

Dip is a puppy who was rescued with seven siblings from a municipal shelter. He immediately grabbed his Kong and started chewing it and licking the filling. As he waits to get adopted, it helps give him enrichment and much-needed distraction. Because he’s a puppy, it also creates good habits of chewing his Kong while he is still breaking new teeth. It makes him even more adoptable! Meet him here.

Tenth Life Cat Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toys that we received were used for cat enrichment in our free-roaming adoption lounge, isolation kennels, and foster homes.

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

This Kong grant helped our organization by giving us a fun, new toy option for the cats in our care. They especially helped us provide enrichment for cats required to be in isolation. The cats have really enjoyed them!

How many pets did this grant help?

20+

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

After Madame President was rescued from a euthanasia list at a local animal-control facility, she quickly charmed her caretakers at Tenth Life! Due to her unknown health status at the time she arrived, isolation was required until she could be tested and cleared of all communicable diseases, parasites, etc. We were told that she was aggressive and could not be picked up. While in isolation, Madame President was given the Kong stuffed toy that we received through this grant. She loved playing with it and it allowed us to offer a her a unique enrichment experience.

We quickly learned that she is as sweet as she can be! She loves to play and adores human companionship. She is currently available for adoption. We will send her favorite Kong stuffed toy home with her!

Cosmo's Cause: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We advised your organization that we decided not to accept the grant that was awarded because the person who was supposed to meet the grant terms resigned from our group. Your organization told us that the toys had already been shipped and said to give the toys away rather than returning them. We have received the toys and will be donating them to local shelters in VA.

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

See above.

How many pets did this grant help?

See above.

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

See above.

Grateful Rescue, Inc.: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toys are distributed to dogs entering foster homes or adoptive homes with their “Go Bags,” which include leash, collar, toy, food, treats and any medications.

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

The Kong toys we received allow us to provide our network of foster dogs with enrichment while they wait for their forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

Kong toys are sent home with all adopted dogs as stock allows. Recently we did a Shelter Clear and Holiday Cheer event in which we saved 25 dogs from euthanasia and each one went to a foster or adoptive home with one of the Kong toys provided by this grant.

Foster Pet Outreach: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong products were used to bring joy to our foster dogs’ lives! They love to chew them, eat treats in them, and even sleep with them. We love that Kongs can be used again and again, and that they are virtually indestructible.

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

Foster dogs often display anxiety. After all, they have often been through multiple homes, veterinarians’ offices, car rides and other stressful events in their recent pasts. Kongs are soothing toys that help them relax through licking, chewing and gnawing. And Kongs help to direct those urges to toys rather than furniture, crates, or other undesirable items.

How many pets did this grant help?

25

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

Vera (first photo) is a German shephard mix who came to us heavily pregnant from a full Chicago shelter. She gave birth to 11 puppies in December, and is busy being a great mom. Vera does play with her Kongs, and we found them to be a great way to give her peanut butter for a few extra calories during her pregnancy. Now her puppies are enjoying their little Kongs, too (second and third photos)! Vera and her puppies will be available for adoption, although they are not yet on Petfinder because the puppies are still so little.

Jax (fifth and sixth photos) is an adorable 4-year-old male doberman/pit-bull mix who is a very good boy. He loves his Kong treats and will sit very nicely while they are prepared! Jax is adoptable, and he is currently listed on Petfinder! You can meet him here.

Catworks: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Enrichment/mental stimulation for rescued, adoptable dogs and puppies

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

The Kong toys were distributed to dogs and puppies in our foster homes. The toys provided the dogs with hours of play, stimulation and exercise — both physical and mental. We are a small rescue and it is not in our budget to provide toys to foster dogs/pups. We depend on donations of toys or on the generosity of our foster families to provide such “luxuries.” The Kong toys were presented to the dogs/puppies just before Christmas, as a sort of gift to them. All of them were sent to their forever homes with “their” toy — something familiar to them to help them feel a bit of comfort in their first days with a new family.

How many pets did this grant help?

We received 10 Kong toys of varying sizes. Eight of the toys went to individual dogs and the two tiny Kongs went to a litter of five puppies. So this grant effectively helped 13 dogs/puppies in our care.

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

This grant helped Diamond (first photo), an 8-month-old Cane Corso mix puppy who came to us with Demodex mange and cherry eye. She was a sweet, sweet girl who thrived in foster with two boxer “brothers.” After recuperating from the mange, she was neutered and had her cherry eye fixed. She has since been adopted and is loving her new family.

Webby (second photo) was pulled from a high-[intake] shelter in Philadelphia. At a year old, it was evident that he’d had little socialization and was dog-selective. Webby is doing well in his foster home, loves his Kong toy and is available for adoption. You can meet him here.