Rescue One: KONG Toys Grant Report
How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?
The products granted to Rescue One were KONG products. We received original KONGs, puppy KONGs, and KONG Goodie Bones. We use these for training and entertainment with the dogs in our care.
The KONGs that were donated to Rescue One are used by the dogs at Rescue One while in foster care. They are especially helpful at adoption events -- they can get pretty noisy, but the KONGs keep the dogs quiet! They are also great while the dogs are in their foster homes, as mental stimulation decreases separation anxiety, destructive behaviors, and unwanted barking. Finally, the KONGs are also absolutely wonderful for heartworm-positive dogs! When a heartworm-positive dog has to be confined for six weeks while going through treatment, a KONG is a wonderful distraction from the monotony. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation and KONG, for the awesome grant!
How many pets did this grant help?
Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.
This grant specifically helped and is helping Lassie, a 7-month-old female Catahoula Leopard Dog mix at Rescue One. Lassie was surrendered to Rescue One, and she has been grieving for her family ever since. She cries and whines, and just sounds plain miserable. At her first adoption event, she was not only miserable but overwhelmed. We took her to the side and gave her a KONG from the grant we received. She loved it! We stuck a treat inside, and the puzzle of it kept her busy! Lassie was no longer whining or feeling overwhelmed — she was having fun! Because of this she became more approachable, and she found her very own foster home that day! Lassie is still available for adoption through Rescue One, and she is hoping to find her very own forever home (with lots of KONGs!) very soon! Lassie’s Petfinder link is: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/31164760/