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Ruff Start Rescue: Orvis Dog Enrichment Grant Report

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

The funds were spent on the purchase of 83 medium and large Kongs and Extreme Kongs for our larger rescue dogs.

Kongs are such a popular item among our rescue dogs and foster families. These toys serve to promote quality enrichment, mental stimulation and constructive activities to distract the dogs from getting into things they aren't supposed to. These toys are also well constructed to be more durable and accommodate those dogs who are more aggressive chewers. Further, toys that are more durable diminish the chance of injury or the possibility of swallowing pieces of toys that can be a risk to the dogs' health. We are grateful for these Kong toys as they are easy to clean and transfer to other foster animals more easily than our cloth toys.

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Gunner (first and second photo) is a black Lab who was found on the side of the road. He had a leg injury and it was assumed he was hit by a car. Unfortunately, his owners were never found. With time, his leg healed and Gunner is filled with lots of young puppy energy. The Kong toy provided the perfect enrichment activity to help him burn some of his energy and keep him out of trouble.

Mitchel (third photo) is a deaf dog who suffers from seizures. Due to his health conditions, he has some aggression issues that prevent him from getting a lot of exercise outside of the home or with other dogs in the foster home. Mitchel was given a Kong full of peanut butter and was thrilled with his new toy. Mitchel was always a happy dog, but now he is extra happy to have a toy that keeps his jaws busy and limits the destruction of his toys. On a side note, Mitchel has been responding well to his new medication and has been seizure-free for two months. Meet him:

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