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Lawrence Humane Society: KONG Toys Grant Report

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

The Kong toys provided by this grant were used in our enrichment program as mental stimulation. They supplemented or replaced the Kong toys we had that were getting worn down by repeated use from the animals.

Prior to this grant, our supply of Kongs was dwindling, and our ability to provide enrichment and mental stimulation for all of the animals in our care, especially the rougher animals, was hindered by our restricted resources. The Kong toys afforded by this grant allowed us to replace heavily damaged toys and add to our supply of Kongs so that we could continue to provide them, stuffed with treats and peanut butter, as part of our enrichment program.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant has helped 300 dogs so far.

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

Dusty, a dog in our care, requires extra mental stimulation and attention due to his hyperactivity and excitability. Because his manners on-leash need some work, most volunteers are unable to take him out to run around. This results in a hyperactive dog without an outlet for his energy. With the Kong toys afforded by this grant, Dusty gets a Kong stuffed with food and peanut butter for mental stimulation and energy release in a safe way. With the help of our behavior team and enrichment program, Dusty will be headed home with a forever family any day now. Meet Dusty here.

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