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Pets Come First: KONG Toys Grant Report

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

The generous donation of Kongs were used in our shelter to help stimulate the dogs while in our care looking for new forever homes. Some of the dogs that were especially fond of the Kongs actually got to take one home with them to their new family!

While providing extra fun and stimulation for the dogs, it also helped show some positive characteristics while prospective adopters are in the shelter, allowing future owners to get a different perspective on the dogs -- especially those with high energy.

How many pets did this grant help?

Approximately 30 dogs

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

Cashmere (first two photos) is a 3-year-old pit bull who has been in the shelter for 10 months. She always has to have something in her mouth, and absolutely loves the Kong! Her favorite activity is to clean all the peanut butter out, and then carry it around with her outside, showing it off! Cashmere is available for adoption looking for a forever home without any other animals. Of course, she was so excited to have her Kong, it was tough to get a nice action shot of her! Meet Cashmere:

Spot (third photo) came into the shelter with a spinal injury and was hardly using his back legs. After different types of therapy and his very own wheelchair to help strengthen his legs, he can now get around pretty well without the wheelchair. However, he does still like getting in it and running over toes! Due to Spot’s needs and incontinence, he has made the shelter his perfect permanent home. Spot loves the smaller Kongs, and, just like a good Jack Russell, he enjoys protecting them from his furry friends at the shelter!

Gwinnie (fourth photo) is a 1-year-old bull mastiff and red heeler mix that was not socialized as a puppy with humans or living in a home. She has had a tough go of it being very scared and nervous, and she even escaped from her first foster family. After about three weeks hiding in farm fields, she was finally captured. She has since been adopted to a family that is working with her, and in her new home she enjoys her new Kong as a way to relax and take her mind off of being stressed out!

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