The money was used to purchase dog toys, leashes, bowls, material for beds for kennels, treats for training, and microchips.
This money helped our organization by providing necessary supplies to ensure that the dogs we rescue feel comfortable in their new temporary environment. It also provided the opportunity for us to purchase microchips to provide safety to the animal and its new owner so that the pet will be reunited with their owner should they get loose. The Kong toys purchased will help with training, limiting aggression, and providing exercise and entertainment to these dogs while they are in a rescue environment.
Abby was an 8-year-old terrier whose owner passed away. She was shy and depressed. She would lie around and curl up in a ball and just stay by herself. After we bought toys and some soft crinkle toys, a special small bed, and some treats for her, she came out of her shell.
We had a crinkle teddy-bear toy and would throw it for her and she would run and get it and bring it back. Her tail wagged and she would jump several feet in the air to grab it. She loved the treats we gave her too. Her previous owner lived in an apartment so she had to be on a leash all the time. We provided her with exercise time off the leash in a fenced area and she would run around with her tail wagging.
She opened up so much and when she was adopted! At check-in, the family said she was so happy, sat on their laps, and loved to play. It seems like she became a few years younger just with our providing her entertainment and exercise.