KONG Toy Grant

Washington County SPCA: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The product was used to provide enrichment for the more than 200 dogs in our care at any given time.

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

KONG products give anxious dogs a less destructive outlet for their natural chewing instinct in reaction to the anxiety they may be experiencing due to abandonment or the shelter environment. An outlet for anxiety and excess energy like the KONG products provide helps animals to be more easily adoptable.

How many pets did this grant help?

1200

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

Dudley (first photo) is a very sweet and loyal boy who was surrendered by his owner to the shelter. Sadly, he was not thriving in the shelter environment. He was very timid at first, but once he gets to know you he is very sweet and loving. The Kong toys provided staff a way to connect with Dudley. Thanks to a post on our Facebook page featuring this adorable picture of Dudley enjoying a peanut-butter stuffed KONG, he was fostered for the holidays and we are hoping it turns into a permanent placement.

ROAR: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Enrichment activity for the dogs during socialization and physical exercise

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

We learned about recipes to try inside of the KONG from the KONG website. The pets got to explore new flavors to enhance the taste and get some great mental and olfactory stimulation, too.

How many pets did this grant help?

Four instantly when we received the items and about 12 more since the grant was received.

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

Harley (first and second photos) is a physically active dog with lots of energy, so between volunteer shifts, he would get a KONG to entertain him while he waited for his next walk or training of the day. From his Petfinder profile: “Harley is a sweet and loving boy who is full of energy. He loves chasing around tennis balls and swimming.
Harley is positive for microfilaria but thankfully is negative for heartworm. Since he has microfilaria, there will be some ongoing medical treatment needed, however, ROAR will be helping with those costs!” Meet Harley here.

Blue Ridge Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kongs were used to enrich the lives of the dogs while they are staying in our shelter. They were integrated into our daily enrichment schedule.

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

The Kongs are used on a daily basis to help the mental and physical health of the animals in our care. Boredom and stress can take their toll on any shelter dog. With the help of these Kongs, we were able to integrate play and fun into their daily routine. This helps break up their day between walks and makes for a happier, healthier dog!

How many pets did this grant help?

All the dogs who have entered our shelter since we received the Kongs — 233 in total

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

Stasha was a young black-and-white puppy whose littermates were all adopted. Spending her days alone in a kennel, she was getting rather nervous and shaky. When we gave her a Kong, she lit up. She spent two hours nosing and playing with the Kong, all the while wagging her tail. Stasha was adopted three days later, but during her stay, the happiest we saw her was when we presented her with her daily Kong.

Saved by Zade: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received Kong-brand toys to help engage our foster kitties!

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

The toys helped our foster kitties to learn positive play habits, and get them noticed by adopters too when they would play with the toys at events.

How many pets did this grant help?

100

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

Spike (first photo) loves catnip toys! His cute photos and videos helped him to find his adopter. He was adopted! Spicy (other photos) also has loved the Kong toys. She came to us as a semiferal kitty with an ear tip, and she’s still learning to play and interact with humans. She hasn’t been adopted yet, but she sure is cute and absolutely loves the toys that we were given with the grant!

Here is Spicy’s Petfinder profile.

Texas Best Choices Animal Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Kennel enrichment with KONG toys makes for happy pups!

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

Our dogs love toys and the only toys we trust are KONG toys! Kong toys give our dogs a safe and fun toy to chase, chew or play with!

How many pets did this grant help?

10

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

Meet Frannie (first and second photos). She loves her new Kong toy. You can see the excitement in her eyes when she gets to play with her new toy! Frannie is still available for adoption. Meet her here.

Midnight (third photo) loves his new Kong toy! He runs with it in his mouth, drops it and runs after it. It is great fun! Midnight is still available for adoption. Meet him here.

4 Pits Sake Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The toys were used to help shelter dogs in our foster homes.

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

The Kongs were filled with peanut butter, treats and/or kibble to assist with crate training. The Kongs were also used to assist with winter boredom by giving the dogs something to do!

How many pets did this grant help?

7

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

Sarge is a reactive dog. He cannot live with other animals. We use Kongs to help with his training of “leave it.” For Sarge, providing mental stimulation is almost more important than physical exercise. He’s a big boy, as you can see, and has destroyed many of his toys! He has not yet been adopted, but we’re still actively looking for the perfect family for him. You can meet him here.

TLC Pet Rescue: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toys granted are used to stimulate the minds of rescues while they are crated.

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

The rescues are busy in their crates with treat-filled Kongs while at adoption events and in their foster homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

25

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

Cuba (first photo) was very nervous in his crate and the Kong toy helped calm him down enough to show his true personality. He was adopted two weeks ago. From his Petfinder profile: “Meet Cuba! Cuba is a 10- to 11-month-old boxer mix. This guy is a hunk! He currently weighs 39 lbs. and is close to fully grown — we don’t expect him to be more than 45-50 lbs. We have rescued a lot of boxer mixes that look like him recently and we believe some of them may be related. Cuba is a sweet boy who is a little shy at first but warms up quickly. He is getting a ton of socialization at his current foster home! He gets along great with dogs big and small. We also think he would be fine with children. He is house- and crate-trained. He walks great on leash and is very submissive.”

Terre Haute Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The KONG toys provided in this grant have been given to the dogs in our care. We fill them with peanut butter provided by a grant from our local Meijer store. We have been able to sterilize them and use them for multiple dogs.

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

This grant helped, and continues to help, keep our dogs entertained and happy while they are in their adoption kennels. It has helped keep the dogs much more calm and has prevented them from chewing up their kennel walls and beds.

How many pets did this grant help?

We can use them for the 90 dogs in our care, as they rotate through the adoption kennels.

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

This grant has really helped Rhyme, a male pit bull mix who has severe anxiety issues and does not do well in an adoption kennel unless he has a KONG toy in his mouth. If he does not have a KONG toy in his mouth, he will go crazy and chew up his kennel wall and bed. A photo of Rhyme, with an old KONG toy and with a new KONG toy provided by this grant, is at right.

Humane Society SPCA of Sumpter County, Inc.: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Kong toys were used within the shelter to keep the dogs entertained.

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

Despite a number of volunteers who walk the dogs, there is still significant time spent in the cages. It is believed that keeping the dogs active with toys like the Kong is an important aspect for our dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

All dogs while sheltered were helped, approximately 50.

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

Cheyenne is a 3-year-old Jack Russell terrier mix. He arrived at the shelter on Oct. 15, 2019, and remains at the shelter. As you can see by the pictures, Cheyenne actively plays with the Kong.

St. Clair County Animal Control: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We use the Kongs for enrichment purposes for the dogs and the cats in the shelter.

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

We have a large number of dogs and cats that we cycle through without a large volume of volunteers, making their stimulus time short. By utilizing the Kong toys, we are able to expand their enrichment time with minimal personnel.

How many pets did this grant help?

100 and counting

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

We had a dog named Tripp (first and second photos) who was extremely good outside of his cage, but when he was in his kennel and members of the public would walk through, he would bark and jump, not showing well. He also would make a mess out his kennel every time a person would walk by. Before we’d walk families through, we would give him a frozen, filled Kong toy to keep him occupied, and he was adopted within the first week of using that method. He is now happy in his home with a great family and a nice older brother.