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Crossroads Animal Rescue: KONG Toys Grant Report

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

The KONG toys we received were used to help enhance the quality of our rescue pets' lives. Every morning, we make sure that each of our rescue dogs is accompanied by his or her very own KONG toy filled with treats. We use the toys to make the pets happier, keep them occupied, and ease their anxiety while they await their forever homes.

Our rescue pets are ever so thankful for this grant. The KONG toys we received give our pets the extra perk of excitement and happiness they need to get through the often long and lonely journey of awaiting adoption. When some of our rescue pets come to us with nowhere else to go, they tend to get really anxious, and KONG toys help calm their anxiety by giving them something to play with and a sense of security. The KONG toys have given our pets something fun to focus on aside from all the changes they have endured when becoming part of our rescue. Our pets are happier with KONG toys.

How many pets did this grant help?


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

Our staff went out to feed a few of our rescue dogs one morning and noticed that there was an extra pup that we did not put there. It turned out that this sweet pup’s owner had dropped her off in our pen without our knowledge. We are glad that she is healthy and that our dogs welcomed her unexpected arrival. Surprise (first photo) is a beautiful Australian cattle dog/blue heeler mix who is still up for adoption. She has enjoyed playing with her newfound friends and their new KONG toys. Meet her:

Sadie (second photo) is currently living as our office dog and loves the attention she gets from everyone. She is around 8 years old and has been with us since May of 2017. She has Cushing’s disease, which is caused by a tumor on her adrenal gland. The tumor causes Sadie to have a large belly, which has recently made it nearly impossible for her to go up or down stairs; otherwise, she has no problem getting around. For Sadie, this disease causes her to have increased thirst, hair loss, and more frequent urination. Her symptoms are well-managed with a few medications, but she will not recover from the disease. Despite the Cushing’s, she lives a comfortable life and loves to lie around the office with her toys. Meet her:

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