Saved By Grace Animal Rescue: KONG Toys Grant Report
How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?
We have several dogs in foster homes right now. The fosters all work and are gone part of the day. This leaves the dogs alone and sometimes bored. The Kong toys helped stimulate the dogs and helped them avoid boredom, which can create destructive behaviors. The dogs absolutely love the Kong toys and they keep them entertained for quite some time. The great thing is that the Kong toys can be sanitized and used again for more fosters when these dogs get adopted.
How many pets did this grant help?
Up to 30
Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.
Bishop (first four photos) came from Animal Control and we rescued him and placed him in a foster home.
The foster mom works, so Bishop gets bored during the day. The Kong toy keeps him busy while she is gone. He is young and very active, so he did get bored easily and would chew up other items in the household. The Kong toy prevents this destructive behavior.
He is still looking for his perfect family.
Tank, a.k.a. Bentley (photos 5-7), was a surrender to Animal Control. We rescued him out. Unfortunately, he cannot be around other dogs or cats, as he is animal-reactive. Because of this, it is very difficult to find ways to keep him busy and enriched.
We use the Kong toys to help with enrichment. He loves sitting on the couch in the foster home and working on his Kong toy. He is also in a foster home where the foster parents work and have to be gone a lot. The Kong keeps him from destructive behaviors as well. He is still looking for his forever home!
Tyson (eighth photo) was found near the brink of death, with multiple severe medical problems including blindness from being poisoned, heartworms, and injuries from being hit by a vehicle.
Tyson fought his way back to the healthy, happy dog he was meant to be. He spent several months rehabbing his body and mind after being poisoned and injured. His sight returned with lots of loving care and the prayers of his many supporters. He was always a loving, patient boy who never offered to bite or even growl when he was being worked on.
After months of no applications and almost being a foster failure, we have found a perfect forever home for him! Tyson is welcomed by two kitties, their loving parents, and several extended family members.
While Tyson was in rehab, the Kong toys helped to stimulate him and enrich his mind. This was one of the acceptable activities he could do while taking it easy and rehabbing back to health.