KONG Toy Grant

Brookings Regional Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Enrichment for the animals in our care

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

Entertainment and enrichment in the kennels and cat rooms

How many pets did this grant help?

Immeasurable. The Kong toys will be used for years!

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

Kittens Chex Mix (first and second photos) and Turducken (first photo) spent a month in medical isolation with ringworm and were a little stir-crazy! The Kongs kept them happy and busy and helped them burn energy. Once they were medically cleared, they moved to a room and were quickly adopted!

Aliya the dog (third photo) came in very emaciated and we needed to slow-feed her. She also had giardia and coccidia, which kept her isolated from public interaction for some time. The Kong toys kept her busy and helped her to eat slowly to avoid issues with her sensitive stomach. Aliya has also been adopted!

The Animal Foundation: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

One of our goals at The Animal Foundation is to give every adoptable dog a KONG, every day. On any given day, we have an average of 150 dogs available for adoption. That’s a lot of dogs and a lot of KONGs! Fortunately, we have wonderful volunteers who help us stuff our KONGs with peanut butter and freeze them (and afterward, clean them!). We deliver the stuffed KONGs to all our adoptable dogs, which helps contribute to their well-being while they’re in our shelter. (See photo of freezer with peanut butter KONGs lovingly stuffed by our volunteers.)

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

The KONGs granted by the Petfinder Foundation enable us to reach our daily KONG goal. We made this our goal because we understand the benefits of KONGs for dogs while they’re in our shelter: They help relieve boredom and stress, stimulate thinking and motivate behaviors, and encourage natural chewing to self-soothe. We also use KONGs as a tool for training and a means to promote quiet time in the kennels.

How many pets did this grant help?

750

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

Bella, a 4-year-old bully mix (first two photos), arrived at The Animal Foundation on Dec. 26, 2018. She was a gentle, affectionate girl who was overlooked for adoption too many times. Although she did well with children, she could be a bit “bossy” with other dogs, which made finding a forever home (and even a foster home) challenging.

As we do with all the animals in our care, we aimed to make Bella’s stay here as happy and comfortable as possible. We noticed that Bella was reassured by having her toys around her, including a white stuffed lamb and a KONG, so we made sure to always have these items in her kennel.

Bella was overcome with delight when her new frozen peanut butter-filled KONG was delivered each day. After receiving it, she would hold it in her mouth and wiggle excitedly and proudly around her kennel. Once she had settled down and eaten all the peanut butter, she’d snuggle up on her bed and cuddle her KONG, then doze off into a satisfied slumber.

We know how much dogs value these daily delicacies. Not only do they provide a tasty treat, they provide mental stimulation and encourage physical activity. Bella was able to adapt to shelter life (which isn’t always easy) because we were able to provide her with enriching toys such as KONGs.

We’re thrilled to report that Bella found her forever home on Feb. 28, 2019.

Chapman's Dachshund Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The dogs are so entertained with their new Kong toys!

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

See below.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

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

We had a fire in September 2018 and our kennel was a total loss. We lost everything. The toys helped keep the dogs busy and entertained while they waited for their forever homes. I like to take a small amount of canned food and stuff them in the toys. The dogs play with them for a long time and then they ask for more. The toys are very durable for the dogs who like to destroy things 🙂 All the dogs pictured have since been adopted. The toys were very entertaining for them. Thank you!!!!!!

Solano County S.P.C.A.: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received Kong toys that we used to keep our dogs busy in their kennels while waiting for adoptive families.

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

The pets in our care are helped by Kong toys in a couple different ways. The first way is that they are given a durable toy that is safe for them to chew on and play with. It keeps them busy and quiet in their kennels. The second way that it helps them is that the new families already have a toy that is familiar to their new pet. This will help keep the dog occupied during the transition of getting to know their new forever family.

How many pets did this grant help?

15 – 20

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

McDonald is a 1-year-old border collie who had developed kennel stress. He would chase bowls in circles repeatedly and exhibit other signs. We gave him a Kong toy we received with the Kong grant. He picked it up and now he won’t put it down. It gave him something more positive to focus his energy on.

Abandoned Love Animal Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kongs were used to go with each foster so their dogs had stimulation while with them.

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

It helps us not to have to come out of pocket so our dogs could have interactive toys while with their fosters.

How many pets did this grant help?

18

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

The kong grant helped many of our fosters and the foster dogs! We use them at adoption events to keep them busy so they enjoy being in the crates while there! Maxine, Cam, and Ollie enjoyed them over the weekend during their time at the adoption event!!

 

When Levi first came to me he was so shy, but after being here he has absolutely come out of his shell. Every time he sees you is like the first time! He is a spunky, clumsy boy who falls all over the place every step. He loves playing with chew toys and loves the Kong ball! He is so smart and just the funniest. At dinner time he’s so excited to eat, he sits in the food bowl and eats around himself. He makes me laugh every day!

Save One Soul: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We are a foster-based dog rescue taking care of sick and injured dogs. We recently received a grant of 10 Kong toys (Classic Kong and Goodie Bones). We currently have three dogs in our care (a Labrador retriever, a German shepherd, and a small mixed-breed dog). The remaining Kong toys will be provided to dogs who will join our rescue in the near future.

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

Each of the three dogs currently in our care received one toy (we also supplied the fosters with peanut butter) as enrichment and boredom-busters while in foster care. Our fosters have reported that the dogs enjoy the toys a great deal, and receive a stuffed Kong in the a.m. before their fosters head to work. In addition to being used as enrichment and boredom-busters, the toys also aid in crate training, as two of the dogs are now much easier to get into their crates (the third dog does not have to be crated).

How many pets did this grant help?

Three immediately and seven more in the coming weeks/months.

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

Max is an approximately 2-year-old German shepherd who was no longer wanted by his original owner. He spent all of his time outside, with little or no human interaction (in fact, when we went to pick him up, the owner did not even come out of the home).

Since we took possession of Max, he has learned what a dog’s life is all about: He now has canine siblings, gets to stay inside of a house with a doggie door, and he has toys and human companionship. Max has been brought up-to-date on his vaccinations, and (just yesterday) was neutered. He is almost ready for adoption, and we can’t wait to see him graduate.

Wags Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Wags Rescue received Kongs to be shared with the dogs who have been rescued and are currently in a training program.

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

The grant helped our agency give enriching toys to dogs who are currently in a training program and will help us increase their skills to be the best dogs they can be.

How many pets did this grant help?

15-20

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

On the day we received the Kongs, Wags had several of our dogs try out the products to test them for the upcoming full-time users of the Kongs. They approved! The dogs in the training program will have their handlers teach them skills such as sit, stay, down, and wait, with the reward of having a Kong to play with and chew on.

Ready 2 Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the Kong toys to keep our dogs happy and occupied while waiting for their forever homes.

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

The toys provided help occupy our dogs, keeping them happy while they await their adoptive families. We have seen in the past that dogs can develop bad behaviors when they are with us too long. Sometimes they get irritable, destructive, depressed, etc. The toys gave them something to do when they were in their rooms, decreasing the undesired behaviors. They appeared to be more content and happier with the toys available to them.

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

We had one sweet girl named Bella who’d been with us almost a year. She was one of the sweetest big girls you could meet when we pulled her from a local shelter. After several months, she became a little irritable and nippy and did not want to go in her room at night after being in daycare all day. We started giving her the Kong toys, with treats or peanut butter in some, whenever she would go into her room. This gave her something to do, and a purpose: getting the treats or peanut butter out of the toy. Her behaviors improved, and we were able to find her a loving home with a new purpose: She became the best friend and protector of a little girl who needed her as much as Bella needed a purpose in life. Because of this grant, Bella was able to get through the months of waiting until she finally found her forever home! The first photo shows Bella lying on the floor with the rope toy in her forever home.

Franklin County Humane Society Inc./Planned Pethood Clinic & Adoption Center: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Kongs for shelter dogs

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

Helped provide shelter dogs with activity

How many pets did this grant help?

50

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

Luna is still at the Adoption Center. She was brought to us in March 2018 by her owner. She has been very nervous and the Kongs helped with her anxiety. From her Petfinder profile: “Luna is 1 year old and weighs 55 lbs. She was brought to us by her owner. Per her previous owner, she is crate-trained and good with kitties. Luna does have a cherry eye that will be removed prior to her adoption.” Meet Luna here.

Remembering Ruthie Rescue, Inc.: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The toys were used to stimulate the dogs during playtime and to keep them moving. I know most times they are used for the dogs when resting to chew on, but we also use them to keep the dogs active.

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

It helped us and our dogs by giving them something they could chew on safely when indoors when the weather is too bad to play outside. Plus it helps keep the tartar build-up down on the older dogs’ teeth.

How many pets did this grant help?

15

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

Brownie benefitted the most because he needs to lose weight. We will throw the larger Kongs so he can chase them as they bounce. He is not listed currently, as he shy and timid, so we are working on those issues.