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Animal Aid for Vermilion Area: KONG Toys Grant Report

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

The Kong products we received were brought to the facility that we use for boarding to give to the dogs while they were confined to the kennels.

The products gave the dogs something to do while they were bored in the kennels. The Kongs kept them occupied, which kept them from being restless and destructive.

How many pets did this grant help?


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

In December 2017, southern Louisiana was experiencing a cold front that brought the temperatures down to single digits. The local animal shelter was housing dogs outside during this time. We were able to partner with a few local boarding facilities to bring the dogs out of the cold. Some of these dogs have been adopted, but some are still waiting for their forever families seven months later. Chevis is one of those dogs. He has a lot going against him: his appearance, his size, his color, his health. Chevis is a terrific dog who enjoys the company of everyone — kids, adults, and other dogs. But he is a large, black bully-looking dog with heartworm, which causes him to get overlooked at adoption events, sending him back to the boarding facility. Chevis slowly walks back into his kennel, almost defeated-looking. But he gets very excited when his frozen peanut-butter Kong is handed to him to help him pass the time. More information on Chevis can be found at

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