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Somerset Humane Society: KONG Toys Grant Report

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

The grant was for nine Kong toys to be used within the shelter.

This grant gave us supplies to be used in our dog-enrichment program. During the winter months here in Maine, it is too cold to let the dogs outside for very long. Therefore they can get very bored and a little "kennel crazy" during these months. The Kong toys help to keep them occupied for a few hours. We all know that when there is quiet in the dog room, the Kong toys are being used! Thank you!

How many pets did this grant help?

unlimited amount

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

One of the dogs we had here was a 6-year-old female hound named Lady Bird. We believe she was kept as a hunting dog and only lived outside her whole life. Therefore she is not well-trained or housebroken. She is also very vocal and gets overlooked by potential adopters because she is very loud as soon as they come into the dog room to look at what we have available. We’ve started trying to distract her with a Kong toy during our busy time with customers so that she cannot get so overexcited. So far it is working and she has a couple of interested families. We are crossing our fingers that she will have a new home this week! Meet Lady Bird:

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