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Humane Society of Lincoln County: KONG Toys Grant Report

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

The Kong toys were and are being use to enrich the lives of shelter dogs and puppies. They are given to dogs with treats added. This gives them something to work on and relieve the boredom and stress that comes with spending extended amounts of time in a kennel. The puppies love how the toys roll across the kennel floor and the Kong toys are chewy enough to keep their attention but strong enough to withstand puppy teeth.

The toys help relieve boredom for many dogs and puppies. Some of our higher-energy dogs need a puzzle to work on and the Kong toys are perfect for this. The dogs bark less and focus on something else besides the dogs next to them or chewing on their houses or beds. Several of our volunteers used the Kong toys as positive reinforcement for training purposes. One dog in particular LOVED his Kongs and was trained to sit, heel, down, and wait, which ultimately led to his adoption! The puppies love to chase and roll with these toys and, since the toys can take a lot of abuse, we are not having to constantly replace destroyed toys.

How many pets did this grant help?

20 puppies and 10 adult dogs

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

Flash came to us in October as a stray. He definitely had no formal training and would pull you around on the leash like a limp noodle. After a month or so of NO ONE looking at Flash, our dedicated volunteers started to work with him. He was food-motivated, but pull out those Kong toys and boy, did you have his attention! Our volunteers worked with Flash on an almost daily basis and used the donated Kong toys as a positive reinforcement with his training. Flash quickly caught on, and pretty soon he was completing sit, down, heel, and wait on command. After a hard day of training, our volunteer would take him to the dog park and throw the Kongs for Flash for fun. Flash was doing so well on his training, he started to go to offsite adoption events and ultimately was adopted! His training was the very thing that drew his adopters in and it would not have been possible without the Kong toys donated by the Petfinder Foundation. Flash is only one of many dogs whom this grant has helped, but also it will continue to help many more who come through our facility. For each dog who finds a home because of the generosity of the Petfinder Foundation, there will be another who will come through our doors and need a toy, puzzle, or the positive reinforcement that these wonderful toys can give.

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