Good Shepherd Humane Society: KONG Toys Grant Report
How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?
The donated product was used for the behavioral training and enrichment of our canine population.
The ability to provide in-kennel enrichment, especially on days when weather will not permit outside activity, is key to maintaining good mental health in the kennels. Kongs are high-value, sturdy toys that all of the dogs love. We often fill them with peanut butter and you can tell that the dogs enjoy them because the place becomes very quiet!
How many pets did this grant help?
Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.
Mack (first photo) and Boudreaux (second photo) are two very large and very bonded dogs. They have a hard time being apart and this was especially true when they arrived here. Our kennels are big but not big enough to humanely accommodate two dogs of their size. However, when placing them into separate kennels, next to each other, they both showed signs of extreme separation anxiety. We started using peanut butter-filled KONGsS as distractions when they first entered the kennels. This worked, and both dogs have gotten used to being neighbors instead of roommates!