KONG Toy Grant

Pibbles and More Animal Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The KONG toys that were awarded to us were used in a KONG enrichment program that we created for our foster dogs.

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

This grant helped multiple dogs in our care who needed additional types of enrichment to help stimulate them mentally and keep them busy in their foster homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

5

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

Clarabella (first photo) came to us from Animal Care Centers of NYC. She had a fractured femur upon intake at the shelter and, when we sent her to our surgeon in Brooklyn, it was determined that she needed to have her leg amputated. Due to her amputation, she was on crate rest while she healed and was unable to be as active as she would have liked. The KONG enrichment program that we built was able to help keep her mind busy so that she didn’t get bored, even though she was lacking physical exercise. Clarabella was adopted and at the time of adoption she was sent home with a KONG toy. This toy helped transition her into her new home. It was an item she was familiar with and a great way to help her adjust and keep her occupied while transitioning with her new family.

Kibblez of Love: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Enrichment for our rescue dogs

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

Our dogs spend several hours a day in kennels at the rescue, and the KONG grant helped keep them happy and busy. We fill the Kongs with peanut butter; our dogs love the treat and it’s a fun way for them to pass the time.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Enrichment plays a very important role at our rescue with the homeless dogs. Hunter (first photos) and Ghost (second photo) are still looking for their forever homes and have pretty high anxiety, so the stuffed Kongs help them take their minds off of their stress by giving them a treat filled with goodies to keep them happy.

Meet Hunter here.

Meet Ghost here.

Pets Needing Parents: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toys allow our dogs and puppies to be able to play, to just be dogs, and to have fun, other than just going out for a walk or a run in the big pen.

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

The babies loved the Kongs. They were playing like pups again, plus they could not just chew up the hard toys. They ran, they played, they threw them in the air. They really enjoyed them.

How many pets did this grant help?

29

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

One is Ginger, a red heeler mix (pictured with Diego, a cattle-dog mix puppy). She has been at our rescue the longest. She is our mother hen when puppies come in; she watches over the mobile home on-site. As of today, March 15, 2019, we heard she may have an adopter. They are coming this weekend and fell in love with her on the Petfinder site. Meet Ginger here.

Meet Diego here.

Luvn Pupz: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toy donations have been used for enrichment for all of our medical cases.

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

Receiving the Kong toys has kept our medical cases enriched and happy, and it has saved the organization money that can be used for their veterinary costs.

How many pets did this grant help?

12 currently

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

Riddick is a 7-month-old husky who was abandoned after being struck by a car. He has been through two surgeries so far to repair both back legs. He will be up for adoption after he is fully healed.

Rescue Our Furry Friends (ROFF): KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toys are being used for stimulation with our dogs while they’re in their runs.

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

They love the Kong toys for playing and interacting with our volunteers.

How many pets did this grant help?

11+. We keep them here so the dogs coming into rescue will use them in the future also.

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

Our puppy Noah came to us last week. Being only 12 weeks old, he loves to chew and play. So we gave him one of the smaller Kongs to play with and chew on when he would chew on inappropriate items. He loves to carry it around. He has not been posted on Petfinder yet; we are waiting on his second vet appointment to make sure he is healthy before we would post him.

Helping Animals Live Tomorrow Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received KONG toys, which we used at our kennel facility for the dogs. They served as play and stimulation rewards.

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

The KONG toys were distributed to each dog and they were used on a daily basis. Some dogs had higher interest levels than others. We tucked treats inside, which provided stimulation while the dogs were in the kennel and not in the yard.

How many pets did this grant help?

20 of our kennel/foster dogs participated.

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

Boudi (first and second photos)! Boudi, while at the kennel, dealt with kennel- and barrier-frustration. Amazingly, he also had a high interest in the KONG toys given to him. Boudi was officially adopted this weekend after spending two weeks in a foster-to-adopt situation in order to be sure it was the perfect match.

Lucky Dog Animal Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kongs are used to provide positive outlets for animals in foster care, transport, and shelter care prior to rescue and rehoming. The are an invaluable source for our animals. Thank you!

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

They made an immense difference in giving scared, worried dogs in a new environment something to play with, something to chew — something to keep them busy and calm during adoption events, furthering their adoption potential.

How many pets did this grant help?

1000

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

This wonderful grant helped dogs like Rowland, a golden retriever, and Jabba the Mutt, a brindle mixed breed dog (first photo). Rowland came to us as one of a litter of seven puppies. He was afraid of his own shadow, but through foster care and playing with the Kongs, he gained confidence and found his forever home (second photo)! Jabba the Mutt came to us a LARGE puppy with boundless energy. Playing with the Kong gave him a positive outlet for his energy and allowed him to quickly find his forever family. Thank you!

Neenah Animal Shelter: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We use KONGs to provide mental stimulation and reduce boredom while the dogs are in their kennels. Dogs require not only physical exercise, but mental exercise too.

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

The KONGs have been especially helpful to our dogs this winter. With endless days of snow, rain, frigid temperatures, and ice, it hasn’t been easy or safe for the dogs to spend much time outside. We therefore provide a variety of indoor activities to stimulate the dogs and to reduce the stress of being inside. The KONGs were perfect!

How many pets did this grant help?

NAS has capacity for 12 dogs. Every dog receives a KONG toy for enrichment purposes. They especially enjoy their KONGs stuffed with frozen peanut butter. They keep very busy working at getting the frozen treat. And since they are so durable, many more dogs who come through our doors will benefit!

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

At right are photos of Dusty, who is waiting to be adopted, enjoying a peanut butter-filled Kong! From her Petfinder profile: “I’m Dusty. I was found as a stray and was taken in by a family for a short while. Unfortunately, they could not keep me, so I found myself in an overcrowded southern shelter. Luckily, I was able to hitch a ride north and hope to find my forever home soon! There were children and other dogs in the home and we got along fine. I enjoy being around my people and getting pet; however, I can be shy when meeting new people. I know sit and my ‘shake’ is more like a high-five. I love to bounce around and play with toys.” Meet Dusty here.

Whether a person is looking to adopt, dropping off donations, or bringing in a stray animal, our goal at the Neenah Animal Shelter is to provide a positive experience to all our guests. One way we set ourselves apart from other shelters is that we have adoptable dogs in the lobby to greet visitors. Although staff welcome everyone with a “How can I help you” smile, there is something about being greeted by a four-legged friend with fur that improves the interaction.

The Petfinder Foundation grant supplied NAS with numerous Kongs, which create a fun activity for dogs. NAS gives the greeter a Kong while he or she is in the office for a few reasons. The main reason is to occupy the dog as staff, volunteers, and visitors pass through doorways. Since the dog has a Kong stuffed with treats to focus on,he/she is not barking or trying to follow people out the door. This simulates new people entering a home and helps reinforce calm behavior.

Kongs also help lessen guarding behavior. During a shift in the office, a dog may interact with 1-10 people of all ages. This gives the dog the opportunity to learn correct behavior by either leaving the Kong to interact with the people, bringing the Kong to the person to play, or continuing to use the Kong with no negative reaction towards people. If a negative reaction occurs, the Kong is quietly taken away and the dog is returned to his or her kennel.

NAS also sends a Kong with dogs who enter foster care. Foster parents are instructed to use the Kong as a tool for crate-training and to reinforce calm behavior. Kongs are used daily at the Neenah Animal Shelter and we are grateful to receive these grant opportunities.

Rainbow Animal Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Kongs were used for our dogs for mental enrichment.

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

It increases their chances for adoption because it calms them and teaches them to be calm in the home.

How many pets did this grant help?

6

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

Gilbert (first and second photos) is a sweet hound who loves his Kong. It also keeps him busy and mentally stimulated especially when he is in his crate. From his Petfinder profile: “Gilbert spent almost six months in a local animal control after being picked up as a stray. He is a happy boy who is learning how to be a family dog. He gets along with kids, other dogs, and cats. Gilbert is heartworm-positive and is starting his treatment. He doesn’t know how to play with toys yet but is learning. As a hound in the country, he probably never had any toys to play with. It usually doesn’t take long for a dog to discover that being inside with a family is a dream come true.” Meet Gilbert here.

Arial (third and fourth photos) is a 10-year-old pocket pit bull who loves her Kong. It keeps her busy when her foster mom isn’t home. From her Petfinder profile: “Looking for an older gal with a little spunk? Well look no farther, ’cause you found her! My name is Arial and I’m 10 years young. Don’t let the little white hairs on my face fool you though — I still have plenty of pep in my step! I like to play sometimes but I’m also just as happy to hang out and chew on my bone or cuddle on the couch watching TV with you. I used to be an outside dog until Miss Trina rescued me in February 2017. It wasn’t too bad — all the neighborhood kids would come play with me and my people would bring me inside if the weather was bad. Now that I’m an inside dog though, I love the air conditioning and all the fluffy soft blankets on the big comfy beds, not to mention all the yummy treats and belly rubs! (I REALLY love my belly rubs!) Miss Trina is great and all, don’t get me wrong, but I would really love to find a family of my own, with a fenced backyard to play in, and maybe even a sibling or two (furry or little, but not too little, human siblings — I love them both!).” Meet Arial here.

Rescue Every Dog: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

To help mentally engage and stimulate the animals in Rescue Every Dog’s care.

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

Kong toys were used to help mentally engage the animals in care at Rescue Every Dog. Rescue Every Dog is located in Washington State, which has had an unusually cold and snowy winter, so having toys that help engage and stimulate them indoors is essential.

How many pets did this grant help?

60+

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

Chance is a deaf dog. He is incredibly smart, but due to his being deaf, he needs to be stimulated in different ways than some of the other dogs. He has really enjoyed his Kong toys. From his Petfinder profile: “This companion animal’s name is Chance. Chance is a sweet, outgoing boy who is looking for someone who can help him learn and grow into the amazing boy he is. He is a happy-go-lucky dog who enjoys hanging out with his people. He would be an amazing best-friend dog and would enjoy someone who likes training. We believe Chance is deaf, but it doesn’t stop him from enjoying life and having a good time. Chance wouldn’t mind being an only dog, or buddied with a dog he gets along with. He has several dogs he really enjoys playing with. He is crate-trained, walks nicely on lead, and has a joyous personality. Chance is looking for his new forever home that he has never had the chance to have.” Meet Chance here.