Underdog Animal Rescue and Rehab: KONG Toy Grant

What was the money or product used for?

Our rescue received a number of KONG toys, which we used to enrich the lives of our animals by teaching them safe play, and to keep them occupied while kenneled.

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

This grant gave us the ability to give our dogs something they have never had before: toys and treats! Our animals are stray and at large before they come to us, so they lack the things regular companion animals have in a home setting. We freeze the KONGs with treats inside to make a cool snack on hot days.

How many pets did this grant help?

50+

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

Ruby (first photo) is a very sweet girl, but she had been having a hard time being placed due to her excitability and high energy levels. Her length of stay was becoming longer and longer, and although volunteers were helping her the best they could, she was kenneled more often than not. We started to give Ruby food toys and puzzles, but she fell in love with a particular large KONG toy that we stuffed with many different frozen treats for her. This toy helped keep Ruby calm and occupied in her kennel, which led to someone being interested in a “foster-to-adopt” scenario when they saw her acting so calmly. Ruby just went to her new foster home today, June 8, 2019, and we couldn’t be happier! We hope the foster mom will fall in love and adopt this very special girl. Meet Ruby here.

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