Buddy Up Animal Society: KONG Toy Grant

What was the money or product used for?

Kongs for our dogs in foster homes while they received proper and necessary medical care and training to prepare them for adoption

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

This grant was very helpful to our organization, as we go through many Kongs to keep our foster pups busy and happy, especially during quiet recovery time for several of our heartworm-positive dogs who had to go through injection treatments. So many were on strict crate rest for a period of several months during this process. Kongs are a huge help with keeping their brains busy and happy!

How many pets did this grant help?

Approximately 7

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

Remco, a.k.a. Remi, was one of my favorite foster dogs. He is a VERY energetic and high-maintenance dog. When he first came to my home, we struggled with some separation anxiety and keeping his brain and body busy with proper exercise and training. He’s a sweet, goofy, compact, energetic guy with a huge personality, and he always kept me on my toes. He REALLY enjoyed snuggling up next to me and enjoying a frozen Kong. I used Kongs to help with crate-training him as well and working through his separation anxiety, with which we made great progress working through together to prepare him for his forever family.

Remi came from an overcrowded shelter in Florida after Hurricane Irma left many owner-surrendered dogs vulnerable to euthanasia, as the shelters were overflowing with displaced pets. He was with my husband and me for about six months while we worked on his basic manners. Remco was adopted in May of this year and lives happily with his parents at a lake house. He even enjoys boat rides! I miss him very much, but am so grateful we were able to provide him with the life and family he so deserves, and this KONG product grant helped make that possible!

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