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SPCA Florida: KONG Toys Grant Report

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

We were thrilled to receive a box of Kong toys. Around 2,000 dogs pass through SPCA Florida's Adoption Center each year. Some are adopted the same day they become available, but many stay for a long time. We do our best to keep them happy: All dogs are walked at least four times a day on our walking trails, and all get play time with staff and volunteers, training, and other fun activities, but there is still a lot of downtime.

The Kong toys provide entertainment that lasts. And they're easy to clean and durable even when faced with heavy chewers. We love letting the kennel dogs out for playtime and having a fun surprise ready for them when they come in.

Everyone loves the Kong toys. Dogs who are entertained instead of bored are not just happier -- they present themselves better to adopters and find homes faster. That, in turn, makes room for other dogs to enter SPCA Florida's facility. We work closely with Polk County Animal Control and other organizations that are constantly overrun with dogs. The more pets we can transfer in to us and find homes for, the more pets can have a happy lives in loving, forever homes. The Kong toys help us accomplish our mission.

How many pets did this grant help?

1,700

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

Hank (first four photos) is a handsome, cheerful, and energetic black mouth cur mix. He loves running around outside, splashing around in the doggy pool, and playing with toys. One of his favorite things to do at SPCA Florida was combining these things into playing with toys in the pool. Hank has been adopted, and I’m sure he would woof a heartfelt Thank You for making his stay at SPCA Florida enjoyable and fun.

Also attached are photos of Hope, Lola, and Yuki with their toys, and images of staff and volunteers unboxing the Kongs and filling them. We hold around 100 dogs any given day of the year, so just filling them takes some time!

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