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Save One Soul: KONG Toys Grant Report

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

We are a foster-based dog rescue taking care of sick and injured dogs. We recently received a grant of 10 Kong toys (Classic Kong and Goodie Bones). We currently have three dogs in our care (a Labrador retriever, a German shepherd, and a small mixed-breed dog). The remaining Kong toys will be provided to dogs who will join our rescue in the near future.

Each of the three dogs currently in our care received one toy (we also supplied the fosters with peanut butter) as enrichment and boredom-busters while in foster care. Our fosters have reported that the dogs enjoy the toys a great deal, and receive a stuffed Kong in the a.m. before their fosters head to work. In addition to being used as enrichment and boredom-busters, the toys also aid in crate training, as two of the dogs are now much easier to get into their crates (the third dog does not have to be crated).

How many pets did this grant help?

Three immediately and seven more in the coming weeks/months.

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

Max is an approximately 2-year-old German shepherd who was no longer wanted by his original owner. He spent all of his time outside, with little or no human interaction (in fact, when we went to pick him up, the owner did not even come out of the home).

Since we took possession of Max, he has learned what a dog’s life is all about: He now has canine siblings, gets to stay inside of a house with a doggie door, and he has toys and human companionship. Max has been brought up-to-date on his vaccinations, and (just yesterday) was neutered. He is almost ready for adoption, and we can’t wait to see him graduate.

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