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Valley Animal Haven: KONG Toys Grant Report

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

We use the donation of KONG toys in our kennels on a daily basis.

This donation has made a tremendous difference in the lives of our shelter animals. We have found that providing them with durable toys that can also be used as enrichment tools with treats or peanut butter has an immeasurable impact on the behavior of animals who are housed in kennels. The KONG toys provide them with hours of mental stimulation and enjoyment which, in turn, helps alleviate the amount of stress that comes with living in a shelter environment. We especially appreciate the durability of KONG toys, as they hold up under constant use much better than any other brand that we have tried.

How many pets did this grant help?

We thoroughly disinfect and sanitize all toys daily. Since the KONG toys are virtually indestructible, they can provide stimulation and exercise for literally hundreds of animals in our care.

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

Upon receipt of the shipment of toys provided through the grant, we presented Duncan with one of the large toys. He was thrilled and played with it non-stop for hours. He is a large, and very strong, dog and was able to demolish the first two that we gave him but he has calmed down now and enjoys playing with his KONG toys rather than destroying them. They have made an incredible difference in Duncan and have helped provide an outlet for his high energy. He looks forward to his clean, freshly treat-filled toy every morning after his breakfast. Meet Duncan: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/40851375

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