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Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA: KONG Toys Grant Report

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

We received 30 Kongs for our dogs in residence!

At any given time, we have between 50-100 dogs in residence. These dogs, coming to us afraid and uncertain of what their futures hold, are prone to suffer from anxiety. Our animal behavior and rescue coordinator has personally noticed a reduction in the anxiety levels of all of our dogs [thanks to the Kongs]. Most love the peanut butter-filled treat, while some simply love the comfort of chewing on the hard rubber Kong. Regardless of how the dog is using the Kong, there is a noticeable decrease in anxiety. In addition, the fact that we only give them their Kong while in their kennel has resulted in a positive association linked to being in their kennels.

How many pets did this grant help?

Each of our dogs available for adoption receives a Kong filled with treats, peanut butter, etc., on a daily basis!

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

One example of a pet helped by a Kong is Hope. She is a Pit Bull Terrier who was surrendered by her owner. She’s about two years old and is beautiful (note the lovely pink scarf!). Unfortunately, she is stressed and confused. Her Kong gives her a project and helps relieve her stress. Included are four photos: one of Hope in her pink scarf and three of other dogs enjoying their Kongs. THANK YOU, PETFINDER FOUNDATION & KONG!!

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