Operation Underdog: KONG Toy Grant

What was the money or product used for?

We are using the Kong toys for enrichment of dogs in foster care. As an all-volunteer organization, most of our foster dogs must spend time in crates and be crate-trained while foster parents are at work. The Kong toys will help us in crate-training these pets for greater comfort while they’re in foster care, and will also help them transition to crate-training in their forever homes.

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

This grant saves us the expense of purchasing these products, and offers much needed experience with toys to dogs who have been mistreated or neglected. Kongs are premium toys and the rescue often would be unable to purchase them for every dog in our care.

How many pets did this grant help?

30

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

Jovie is a 9-month-old pup who has only been with our organization for one week. As we allow her some decompression time as well as time to acclimate to indoor living spaces, the Kong has been valuable in getting her ready for a home. She came to us at 9 months old because her former owner was unable to housetrain her. Using the Kong for crate reinforcement as well as rewarding her for good potty habits has her almost housetrained in foster care already! Jovie has not been adopted yet. Meet Jovie here.

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