Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
We used the grant funds to complete Greta's spay surgery and will waive her adoption fee when her furever family adopts her. She is currently still in rescue, available for adoption.
We are able to waive her adoption fee, which removes a barrier to adoption. Potential families will still need to meet adoption requirements and criteria, but her fee is waived, and she will go to her new home completely vetted: spayed, vaccinations, microchip and 30-day free pet insurance from Pet First!
Greta is a 7- to 8-year-old pointer who was found in a rural area, probably dumped because she was too old to hunt. She is full of spunk and loves comfy beds and cozy blankets. She will be a wonderful companion, and is waiting for the purrfect family to find her. Meet her: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41762567
The sponsored pet was Skeeter.
The pet sponsored was Skeeter, who has been adopted. From his Petfinder profile: "Skeeter is a 12-year-old, 25-lb. male dachshund mix. He is kind, quiet and gentle, with some of the softest fur you have ever felt. He does well with other dogs and spends hours loving them and grooming them. He likes to lay his head on the other dogs when they are all together and will sleep that way. Skeeter is a slow eater and takes supplements for his arthritis. He can go on short walks and does extremely well on a leash. Skeeter is great with children and loves other dogs, but is more of a lover than a playmate. He is very friendly with strangers after he gets over his initial shyness. Skeeter needs a person or another dog to keep him company at home. He is potty-trained and crate-trained and knows how to use a doggy door. Skeeter is the perfect dog for a mellow household."
The KONG Toy Grant provided durable enrichment for a number of puppies who came into rescue this summer. It gave them mental stimulation; an opportunity to engage in natural, species-appropriate behaviors; and a safe outlet for their natural urge to chew.
These KONG toys provide mentally and physically stimulating enrichment for dogs, and in particular, helped keep the energetic puppies in our rescue busy!
Bowie, a 3-month-old Lab-mix puppy, came with his siblings to TCPR in May and, like a good puppy, was a bundle of energy. Thanks to this product grant, he received a KONG toy, which he loved -- especially when it was filled with frozen peanut butter! For Bowie, his treat-filled KONG was used to help with his crate-training, providing a fun, stimulating and special treat that he received when he was in his crate while his fosters were away from home. Having mental stimulation and using his skills to problem-solve to use the toy were a great way for this energetic puppy to wear himself out and get set up for a great start in his forever home, which he found in July!
The grant was an emergency medical grant for a 2-year-old Labrador mix named Khloe. Khloe need bilateral femoral head osteotomies. The procedure was performed on June 21, 2018. The surgeon's fee for services was $2,250 and additional hospitalization was $2,269.89. The procedure was a success and the dog is recovering nicely. The $1,000 will be utilized to help pay the medical expenses.
The grant helped Khloe walk again without pain. She suffered from severe hip dysplasia, resulting in dislocation of the hip joints. The surgical intervention involved removing the head of the femurs. Khloe was able to walk before the surgery, but with great difficulty and pain. She is recovering well and the surgeon's prognosis was an excellent one. Khloe was adopted by her foster mom and is doing quite well. The surgery would not have been possible without the help of the Petfinder Foundation.
Khloe was transported by a rescue group that works with [an open-admission] shelter in Texas. When Khloe arrived, she was determined to have problems walking. Upon further evaluation, it was diagnosed that she suffered from severe hip dysplasia that caused dislocation of both hip joints. The only way to help Khloe walk again without pain was orthopedic surgery. Khloe is a great dog and deserved a great life. She found that life with her foster family who, after the surgery, adopted her. Khloe is recuperating and progressing well.
The Kong toy grant was used to replace our old, chewed-up Kong toys, which are given to our dogs each evening. We fill the Kongs with peanut butter and kibble, freeze them, and then distribute to each dog before they go to bed for the night.
We have found that by giving a long-lasting, high-value treat, we can increase positive associations with each dog's kennel. It becomes an enjoyable place to go because the dogs know that they will be receiving a treat when they lie down.
We have between 30 and 40 dogs at our facility and each dog gets a Kong at night.
One of our more timid pups, Pemmy, had a rough time adjusting to the kennels. After some volunteer enrichment in her kennel and a few extra Kong treats, she was much more willing to lie down on her bed. She had been standing at the door and looking out, which was worrying staff, so once she began to associate her kennel (and Kong treats) with a positive experience, she was able to relax. She was adopted shortly after and went home with an extra frozen Kong treat to help ease her transition into her new life.
The Kongs received in this grant will be used at NMDOG HQ for the dogs undergoing medical and behavioral rehabilitation after being rescued off of their chains.
Currently, we have many dogs undergoing medical and behavioral rehabilitation since being rescued from their chains. Kongs are a great tool to use for added enrichment during their time with us. We stuff them with peanut butter and freeze them or, for our kiddos with allergies, we use special food and treats free of their allergens and freeze that.
We currently have 17 dogs housed at NMDOG HQ along with seven dogs in boarding, all waiting for foster or forever homes. These Kongs will benefit all of these dogs.
Axis was rescued off of his chain with an untreated eye injury. He received the surgery he needed, has made a full medical recovery and is currently available for adoption. THANK YOU for helping us provide quality enrichment for the dogs in our care! Meet Axis: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37716282
We received Goodie Bones and Classic Kongs in a variety of sizes to be used for the dogs in our care.
We have long been advocates of work-to-eat toys such as Kongs. Maintaining the mental and emotional health of the animals in our care while they await their new homes is top priority. We have always had a steady supply of Kongs on hand to help with this. However, over the years, our animals’ chewing habits have taken their toll on our supply. The Kong Toy Grant from the Petfinder Foundation has helped to replace a large portion of our Kong supply, which has enabled us to keep our enrichment program on track.
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One of the dogs that the Kong Toy Grant has helped the most is a 1-year-old pointer mix named Festus. This handsome boy came to us six long weeks ago from an overcrowded shelter in an economically-challenged part of Mississippi via our southern transport program. Upon arrival, Festus struggled quite a bit to adapt to shelter life. He exhibited many stress-related behaviors such as barrier frustration, minor stereotypies, and stress-related diarrhea. We developed an enrichment plan for him that revolved around him getting daily office time, plenty of work on the agility equipment, and daily dog playgroups. This seemed to help, but there was something missing. We added a steady diet of meals consumed strictly from classic Kongs to his enrichment plan, and the positive effect it has had on reducing his stress levels has been nothing short of miraculous. His stress-related behaviors have all but disappeared and he seems much more content. Festus still patiently waits for his forever family. However, in the meantime, with the help of Kong products, we are able to maintain the mental and emotional well-being of this very active, extremely social, brilliant boy. Meet him: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/42128427
The Kongs we received in our grant are used for daily kennel enrichment and for decompression when our dogs return from a field trip with volunteers.
We are a special-needs rescue with not only seniors and medical cases but also dogs with behavior and social challenges. Many of our dogs are with us for a longer period of time than many rescues, so offering daily enrichment and decompression aids helps support our dogs emotionally during their time with us while they are waiting for their forever families.
Dom came to us at 9 months of age from the county shelter. We are not sure of his life before the shelter, but we do know that during his time there, he was attacked by another dog. Dom can be very shy and unsure of himself when meeting new people, and any loud noises in the kennel or excitement from the other dogs could cause him to become quite anxious. We found it was very comforting to him to have a Kong in his kennel at all times. If he started to become nervous he would immediately take the Kong in his mouth and gently chew to soothe himself. We made sure Dom was never without one of his trusty Kongs! We are happy to report that three weeks ago Dom went to live with his foster family and is loving life in a home. One of the tools his foster family has used to help Dom adjust to home life is Kongs.
Kongs were used for enrichment items. The dogs love them!
Since we are no-kill facility, we house our animals for longer periods of time than other locations. Providing enrichment items allows our animals to remain mentally healthy as they wait for forever homes!
Brody (first three photos) is our handsome 4-year-old French mastiff. He was rescued six months ago from our local Animal Control and has been looking for the right home to call his own. He loves people, and toys are his favorite! We instantly knew that a Kong toy would be a hit for him, and he didn't disappoint. Since he loves toys, especially ones that require him to work for a prize, a Kong was perfect for him as he knew right away that if he worked at it he would get some yummy treats. Brody now gets a Kong toy every day as part of his enrichment, and if we happen to miss one in his group of toys, he sure lets us know! :) As Brody continues to wait for that forever home, Kong toys have helped keep him active and mentally healthy, which in a shelter setting can be difficult. We are beyond grateful for the Kong Product Grant, especially since so many of our dogs are benefiting from such a great product. Brody is still waiting for his forever home. Meet him: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/40061869
Also pictured is our girl Athena (fourth photo). Rescued from a rural shelter in Kansas, Athena was almost hairless and severely underweight. She was marked for euthanasia, but we were able to save her. It took four months to get her healthy and, as you can tell, she turned into a gorgeous girl. Athena has been adopted but she enjoyed having a Kong toy as one of the toys she would get every day. She especially enjoyed getting a toy as a surprise after her walks!
The Kong products we received were brought to the facility that we use for boarding to give to the dogs while they were confined to the kennels.
The products gave the dogs something to do while they were bored in the kennels. The Kongs kept them occupied, which kept them from being restless and destructive.
In December 2017, southern Louisiana was experiencing a cold front that brought the temperatures down to single digits. The local animal shelter was housing dogs outside during this time. We were able to partner with a few local boarding facilities to bring the dogs out of the cold. Some of these dogs have been adopted, but some are still waiting for their forever families seven months later. Chevis is one of those dogs. He has a lot going against him: his appearance, his size, his color, his health. Chevis is a terrific dog who enjoys the company of everyone -- kids, adults, and other dogs. But he is a large, black bully-looking dog with heartworm, which causes him to get overlooked at adoption events, sending him back to the boarding facility. Chevis slowly walks back into his kennel, almost defeated-looking. But he gets very excited when his frozen peanut-butter Kong is handed to him to help him pass the time. More information on Chevis can be found at www.petfinder.com/petdetail/40994212