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Humane Society of Davie County: KONG Toys Grant Report

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

Humane Society of Davie County (HSDC) received 30-40 KONG toys for dogs, which have been and continue to be distributed to the dogs in the shelter, foster homes, and new families.

The shelter is a stressful, chaotic, noisy, and often scary place for dogs who have been abandoned or surrendered. Very little positive stimulus exists, so having a durable toy to engage with is an excellent thing. The toys travel with the dogs into foster and adoptive homes, so again they help to ease new transitions and last for a long time. Since HSDC is dependent on donations and fundraisers, the money we raise goes to the direct needs of the pets, such as food, vaccines, and other medicines. HSDC does not have the funding to purchase toys such as the KONGS, so this donation is significant.

How many pets did this grant help?

30-40

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

Baloo (first photo) loves to cuddle, loves attention from anyone, LOVES food and treats (including carrots and bananas — such a healthy boy, haha). He does not like being in a crate and gets distressed, but he does wonderfully in my bedroom for 10 hours while I’m at work and does not have any accidents or chew anything (just his bone and a couple of treats I leave for him!). He gets along with my dog and my neighbor’s Lab mix but appears to want to chase cats and small dogs that we see on walks, so I’m not sure how he’d do with small dogs and cats are a “no.” He plays pretty rough (like my dog does, so they do well) — he chomps his teeth playfully like a puppy does when they play ????

He is working on his leash manners and doesn’t quite understand the point of a leash quite yet, but he’s doing better and not pulling as much! He could use continued leash training once he has healed up from heartworm stuff. He has a funny habit of pulling my dish towels from my oven handle to the ground, but doesn’t chew them up or anything
— he’s a funny boy. He just needs consistent training, but he’s very food-motivated and sweet, so with consistency, he should learn quickly and already has learned to sit, lie down, and shake! Oh, and he is a drooler! But with a cute face like that, it’s easy to forgive. Meet Baloo here.

Archie (second photo) is about 5 years old and is very comforted by humans that are very loving. He would love to be your Netflix watching buddy! He is shy initially, but once you show him you would love to shower him with affection and provide security, he is very trusting. He enjoys the company of other dogs, doesn’t mind cats, and is aching for a family to call his own. He is not at the shelter facility so we are happy to facilitate a time to meet him! You can meet Archie here.

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