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Marion Area Humane Society: KONG Toys Grant Report

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

Our Kong cat morsel grant has been used to supplement cats' diets and for rewarding of good behaviors. Volunteers are able to give the treats to cats while cuddling and exercising. Also cats are fed hard cat food to promote good oral hygiene so we can now give them the morsels to give them something a little different than their usual feeding habits.

Our organization's volunteers are able to reward cats for good playing behaviors and stimulate exercise by hiding the morsels in toys and in cages where the cats have to "hunt" to get the treats.

How many pets did this grant help?

We have adopted out 61 cats and have taken in many more, all of which get cat morsels on a daily basis.

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

Skittles is a domestic shorthair kitten that was found stray and surrendered to the shelter to find a new home. He was very playful at the shelter and kittens always need plenty of exercise and stimulation. We would hide morsels while he was playing during cleaning times to let his natural hunting skills emerge. He was adopted and sent home with a bag of morsels and his Cat Castle.

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