The Kong dog toys have been used for kennel enrichment. This has been especially helpful with the bad weather we have been experiencing, including rain and snow, making walking the dogs more difficult. The toys have also been helpful due to a lower-than-average number of volunteers due to COVID-19. The Kong toys help prevent boredom and stress with the dogs.
The grant has helped provide every dog a Kong toy to play with and to help prevent boredom in their kennels. The toys can be thoroughly washed and reused when one dog gets adopted and another dog is brought into our adoption program.
So far more than 40 dogs have benefited, but by the end of 2020 it will be hundreds, as the toys can be used by countless dogs.
One specific dog whom the Kong toy grant helped was Love, a 1-year-old black Lab mix. Love barked continuously in her kennel from stress. Even though Love received several walks a day, she quickly became bored after her walks and would bark nonstop in her kennel. When we gave Love a Kong toy filled with peanut butter or Easy Cheese, Love was quiet during the time she licked the Kong and for a period of time after. Love was adopted within a week of our adding Kong toys to her daily routine.