Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
These Kong toys were used in the play yard for our dogs to interact with each other. Also, some were used in each kennel for entertainment when dogs were kenneled for longer periods of time.
Some of our dogs get bored while in their kennels. These toys help to keep them active and entertained while being kenneled. Also, the toys with places for treats were great for them to take longer to reach their treats while trying to figure out how to get them out. Very nice.
45 to 50 each day
We found that some of the dogs would just swallow a treat and look for more or for attention. When a treat is put in a Kong toy, it makes them figure out how to get the treat and to eat it more slowly. Puppies who like to chew were occupied with the balls. They would spend hours playing with and chasing the balls. One example is Biff, a boxer/Lab mix (pictured). Biff says, “I have longer hair and am super cute! I was found by a nice couple in Tunica Hills where my litter had been dumped and left with one cup of water. I am so happy I came to the shelter. I have made lots of great friends.” Meet Biff: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/32882163/
The money was used to encourage adoptions of older dogs (3+) by older adopters (55+) in our Senior to Senior program. It was also used to help honor veterans in our Pups for Patriots program by providing a monetary discount in order to encourage adoptions by post-9/11 veterans and their families.
We offered a $200 discount off our $340-$440 adoption fee/ or a $200 gift certificate to purchase basic supplies for a new dog (e.g. leash, crate, food, bed) to both these groups. This monetary incentive made the difference in closing the adoption and helping a rescue dog get a great forever home.
Since April, this grant has helped five dogs at $200 each.
The woman in the first picture was around 80 and had always had a dog. When her Lab mix died earlier this year, she fell into a depression. Many people felt she was too old to adopt and could not handle a puppy. However, she really wanted an older dog. When she came to us, she had been eyeing Charlie on our website, who was estimated to be about 3-4 years old. She fell in love with him, but she was on a limited income. Although she had a lot of supplies from her former dog, the adoption fee was high given her monthly living expenses. After filling out an adoption application and being approved, the woman met Charlie and it was love on both sides. Our staff discussed contingency plans with the adopter if she became too sick to care for Charlie, and had her grown daughter agree to care for Charlie if her mother was too sick. The daughter was required to be at the adoption when the contract was signed to meet the dog and agree she would be Charlile’s godmother. The woman had $200 of the $340 adoption fee waived due to this grant.
We received a very large box of Kong toys. These toys will be used for over 200 animals throughout the course of the next year.
Kong toys provide chewing pleasure for our dogs. It is a great pastime for them as they try to get the treat from the Kong toy. Additionally, it helps to keep their gums and teeth healthy.
It will help approximately 200 dogs over the course of the next year!
Charlotte is a very shy spaniel and Schnauzer mix. When you come into her kennel, she runs and it is difficult to give her the love she needs. After we gave her the Kong toy, however, she settled down to begin chewing and allowed us to pet her and love on her. We feel the Kong toys will help us make her more adoptable and more trusting, as they calm her. Thank you for giving us these wonderful toys! Meet Charlotte: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/32393353/
Product was used at adoption events to help keep all the dogs happy. We had a few puppies who really needed things to chew on that they couldn’t destroy. Each puppy, when adopted, went to his or her new forever home with one. They really helped keep the dogs happy and playful at home and at adoptions.
It allowed us to have nice new products that we wouldn’t otherwise be able to buy, but more importantly, it helped us teach potential dog adopters that, with the right accessories and toys, the dogs wouldn’t destroy things and would be easier to train.
The puppies used the Kongs the most as they were teething and trying to put anything in their mouths. It helped the foster homes be able to manage having young, growing puppies in their homes without destroying their homes. One puppy who benefited was Bruiser (first photo). This 3-month-old heeler/shepherd mix is very energetic, outgoing and lovable. He is good with cats, children and other dogs. Bruiser has been neutered and microchipped, is current on all vaccinations, and in overall great health! Meet Bruiser: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/32251740/
Cat Castles are placed in the cages of resident cats and sent home with cats when they are adopted.
Gives the cats places to hide and sleep on and provides a carrier for adopters to take their new pets home in.
We have used about 40 so far.
We have a very shy cat, Miss Motley. The Cat Castle gives her a place to hide when she is nervous. She has gone through three boxes because she comes out and sits on the top at night and she is a little chunky. She is a 6-year-old spayed, front-declawed house cat who weighs close to 15 lbs., so she needs a little weight loss. We are working on it. Friendly, but a little nervous right now. Meet Miss Motley: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/27504555/
We received 35-40 Kongs of varying sizes and shapes. These Kongs were provided to some of our foster homes who have foster dogs who may require additional mental or physical stimulation to keep them occupied, are destructive of their toys and/or property, or who suffer from separation anxiety.
This wonderful donation allowed many of the dogs in our care to receive additional positive stimulation and prevented or diminished behavioral issues in these animals. We strive to find positive tools to help transition our rescued animals from high-stress situations into our loving foster homes. Kong toys have been a wonderful stress reliever and mental-stimulation tool for these animals. We have also saved a little bit of money by not needing to purchase as many less-durable toys.
30 thus far!
One of our foster families tells us: Jacksen (first and second photos) is a Great Dane/Lab mix. He had some anxiety when he arrived. He was being held at a local animal control for 30 days and lost a TON of weight due to stress. He weighed 48 lbs when we got him! He was so scared he ran away from us and even jumped our fence to get distance from us. He was afraid of loud noises and barked at other dogs. We used the Kong because it was pretty much the only thing he did not destroy. We also filled it with peanut butter and froze it for the times when storms were approaching. He has already gained a lot of weight and is building trust with us. He also learned that the red toy meant peanut butter and he sits patiently for it. Jacksen also started to ignore dogs that were walking past if I had the Kong present, and the sound of thunder is now giving him a lot less anxiety. Meet Jacksen: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/31200119/
Hunny the beagle third photo) was adopted by our family. In foster care, she really struggled with kennel anxiety and fear of people. We used the Kong with peanut butter in the kennel and she LOVES it. She eventually was willing to go into her kennel when asked. She is also a very strong chewer and we use the Kong because of its durability.
The products were used for foster dogs in rescue.
It helped us greatly for dogs who need bigger, stronger toys. Rescue is completely dependent on donations and adoption fees, and having a donation of Kongs has been amazing for us.
We had a teething litter of cocker spaniel/shepherd-mix puppies including Roman (first photo) and Neela (second photo) who benefited greatly from the smaller Kongs. They loved to play and chew on them, plus the Kongs were easy to clean. Roman is an outgoing, playful pup who has shown himself to be very intelligent and loyal. Neela is more calm and loves to be close and cozy to her human friends. She is easygoing, with a docile temperament. Both pups are being fostered in a loving home with daily hands-on exposure involving other animals and children of all ages, promoting early opportunities for expanded, well-balanced socialization.
OAR received a donation of $22.50 via the Sponsor a Pet program and these funds were used to underwrite shelter costs including food and medications.
These funds helped us care for many cats awaiting their forever homes.
40 average adults in the shelter monthly. Kitten numbers vary.
Bartholomew is a handsome fellow who is FIV+. This has scared off some potential adopters, but his kind nature will soon win over the right person very soon. In fact, Bart came along with volunteers for a recent event and melted all hearts in the house! More than anything else, handsome Bartholomew would love a lap to call his own. You see, for a while, he wandered the streets of Cincinnati’s west side after being abandoned by his family searching for food and love. He finally happened upon an apartment building where a cat-loving nun resides. She started feeding him, but couldn’t keep him due to pet limits at the building. She became very concerned about Bart when a maintenance person threatened to poison him and reached out for help. Bart is currently in foster home, but is ready for a home with a family or person of his own. He’s a young guy at just over a year old. Now that he’s safe and warm inside, his inner kitten has revealed itself. He loves to play! His absolute favorite thing, though, is to be on your lap, happily purring away. Bart loves people and does great with the cats in his foster home. He would do well with kids or dogs, too. He’s just an all-around sweetheart! And, he’s a great conversationalist, definitely the type of kitty who will tell you all about his day. Also, did we mention that he loves laps? If you have available one, Bart would love to be your lap kitty! Meet Bart: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/31861076/
The Kong products/toys were distributed to our adoptable dogs.
They have been providing wonderful enrichment to both foster animals and the few that we have to keep kenneled while awaiting foster homes. All the dogs love their Kongs!
Miss Hazel is a great big girl who was found as a stray. She had skin issues and was severely malnourished. Now she has filled out and her skin has cleared up. While she waits to be adopted or to be placed in a foster home, she is kenneled at our small facility. She loves her extra-large Kong toy stuffed with peanut butter! A big toy for a big girl, this Kong is just perfect for Miss Hazel. Meet Miss Hazel: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/32687706/
The Kongs are a wonderful asset for the dogs. The dogs in our foster homes loved the toys; they promote playing and give hours of contentment.
Many times the dogs that come into our program are abused, neglected and have suffered hardships. The Kongs are a wonderful way to get these dogs to relax and learn that it is okay to just be a dog, to play, chew and enjoy things again. At times, some who enter our program have never had the good fortune to even know what a toy is. It is heartwarming to see them start to play with the Kong and to see them blossom into the pet that they were meant to be.
Little Saffron, pictured here, was part of an unwanted litter born to a rural farm dog. Fortunately there was a rescue presence in that area and Saffron was saved. It is scary for a little one, so young and innocent, to be suddenly taken from her mom and dropped into a whole new situation. Saffron found comfort in her Kong toy — she even sleeps with it. She is now a happy, playful puppy, and having a Kong toy available as soon as she entered the program helped her to adapt and relax quickly. Now she can move into the life all puppies deserve: loved, safe and happy.