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Blue Ridge Humane Society: KONG Toys Grant Report

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

The product was used for kennel enrichment for adoptable dogs.

It helped the dogs in our care by providing needed mental and physical stimulation, helping to ease anxiety and boredom, thus making them more adoptable.

How many pets did this grant help?

After washing and disinfecting, the Kongs are reused, so the number of dogs helped is ongoing. As long as the Kongs last, they will continue to help the dogs in our care.

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

Grace (first and second photos) is a Lab/retriever surrendered by her owner with her sister, Olive. Her sister was adopted almost immediately, which left her lonely and full of anxiety. She was panting heavily and was very withdrawn while getting used to being in the shelter. We started offering her different treats with different smells in the Kong toys. This really seem to stimulate her and helped her focus on the toy instead of on her unfamiliar settings. Grace is still up for adoption; meet her here:

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