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Cavalier Rescue of Florida, Inc.: KONG Toys Grant Report

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

We received Kong toys to be given to rescue Cavaliers in our care. The Kongs were/are being distributed as dogs come into our foster-based rescue.

Many of the dogs entering our rescue are coming from difficult situations. They have had very little socialization and inadequate care. As a result, they do not trust people and many are filled with anxiety. The dogs are placed in loving foster homes with other dogs. When they enter their new homes, they often lack anything of their own. The Kong toy is one way for us to give the little dog something of their own that hasn't ever been used by another dog. When they are adopted, the Kong will go with them. It is a small piece of continuity for them.

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Baron is an almost-2-year-old tricolor Cavalier who entered our rescue at 18 months having had no socialization and exhibiting many fear-based issues. His foster parents have been working with him in preparation for adoption. He is now housetrained, crate-trained, follows basic obedience commands and is becoming more comfortable around people. He is very playful and began playing with his new Kong almost immediately. He will require a very patient forever family that can provide him with a calm environment (without children) to continue to improve and hopefully become a confident, loving, friendly Cavalier. His page on Petfinder is

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