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The Humane Society of North Central Florida: KONG Toys Grant Report

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

The KONG toys were used to provide enrichment for high-drive dogs waiting for their forever homes.

This grant helped improve the behavior and mental health, and thus the adoptability, of countless dogs in our care. Usually the late summer months are the most difficult for adoptions, but with the Petfinder Foundation's help, we actually did better than usual when it came to adopting out adult and senior (7+ years) dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

It's hard to pinpoint but potentially hundreds.

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

While KONG toys are most popular with high-mouth-drive dogs, Kohda was simply too big and strong for a lot of the toys at our shelter. KONGs filled with peanut butter were a saving grace because he had a habit of busting through almost everything else we gave him. Fortunately, the grant arrived just weeks after he first came to us, so KONG toys became a reliable way to keep him mentally stimulated. Our staff almost immediately noticed a difference in his behavior once he could have a peanut-butter KONG every day. Meet Kohda here.

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