Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The Kong toys are being used for stimulation with our dogs while they’re in their runs.
They love the Kong toys for playing and interacting with our volunteers.
11+. We keep them here so the dogs coming into rescue will use them in the future also.
Our puppy Noah came to us last week. Being only 12 weeks old, he loves to chew and play. So we gave him one of the smaller Kongs to play with and chew on when he would chew on inappropriate items. He loves to carry it around. He has not been posted on Petfinder yet; we are waiting on his second vet appointment to make sure he is healthy before we would post him.
We received KONG toys, which we used at our kennel facility for the dogs. They served as play and stimulation rewards.
The KONG toys were distributed to each dog and they were used on a daily basis. Some dogs had higher interest levels than others. We tucked treats inside, which provided stimulation while the dogs were in the kennel and not in the yard.
20 of our kennel/foster dogs participated.
Boudi (first and second photos)! Boudi, while at the kennel, dealt with kennel- and barrier-frustration. Amazingly, he also had a high interest in the KONG toys given to him. Boudi was officially adopted this weekend after spending two weeks in a foster-to-adopt situation in order to be sure it was the perfect match.
The Kongs are used to provide positive outlets for animals in foster care, transport, and shelter care prior to rescue and rehoming. The are an invaluable source for our animals. Thank you!
They made an immense difference in giving scared, worried dogs in a new environment something to play with, something to chew — something to keep them busy and calm during adoption events, furthering their adoption potential.
This wonderful grant helped dogs like Rowland, a golden retriever, and Jabba the Mutt, a brindle mixed breed dog (first photo). Rowland came to us as one of a litter of seven puppies. He was afraid of his own shadow, but through foster care and playing with the Kongs, he gained confidence and found his forever home (second photo)! Jabba the Mutt came to us a LARGE puppy with boundless energy. Playing with the Kong gave him a positive outlet for his energy and allowed him to quickly find his forever family. Thank you!
The money was used for:
Adoption Fee Sponsorship: $195
Medications for One Year: $314.97
Veterinary Check Ups (exam cost) for One Year: $436.53
This grant helped in finding Tippy a forever family. Tippy is a senior who had been with Happy Hills Animal Foundation, Inc., for more than six years and, due to his age and chronic heart condition, he was less adoptable and overlooked. We used the grant to sponsor his adoption fee as well as offer one year of paid veterinary checkups (sponsoring the exam fee) and a one-year supply of heart medications. This extra incentive has helped Tippy find his forever home and family. After six years of caring for Tippy, we all are very happy that he will be spending his last years with a family of his very own. Tippy was adopted thanks to the funding from this grant program.
Donations were used toward vet bills.
We have ongoing vet bills as we provide the best care possible to our rescued cats and dogs. This grant was very helpful in covering some of those costs.
Faith is an older Staffordshire bull terrier/bulldog mix whom we pulled from a crowded shelter. She had been bred multiple times and her spay was more complicated than most, but she did well and was placed in a wonderful foster home until her recent adoption with a loving family that was happy to take in a senior dog.
We used the full amount to add double-gate entries to our different play yard entry points, gate openings to blend yards together, and a large fence with a gate to divide a large yard.
With these modifications, we are able to run more dogs at a time, as we have created an additional play yard. We are also able to safely enter dogs into group with the double gates as well as assess the dogs’ response to coming to group.
Approximately 2,000+ a year
Erma (first three photos) is a 4-year-old pit mix who came into the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter (CCAS) back in October 2018. While Erma has always been a playgroup player, we discovered some new challenges with her during the play-yard renovation process. While our yards were being modified, we moved our daily playgroups into our garage. Erma, being the smarty pants that she is, figured out there were treats stored high on shelves in the garage. Even though she couldn’t get to these shelves of treats, she knew they were there and guarded them from other dogs during playgroup. So during the couple weeks the renovation was happening, Erma would come into the garage alone for playtime while we were setting up. Now that the renovation is complete, Erma is back to playing with friends and a much happier pup! Meet Erma here.
We use KONGs to provide mental stimulation and reduce boredom while the dogs are in their kennels. Dogs require not only physical exercise, but mental exercise too.
The KONGs have been especially helpful to our dogs this winter. With endless days of snow, rain, frigid temperatures, and ice, it hasn’t been easy or safe for the dogs to spend much time outside. We therefore provide a variety of indoor activities to stimulate the dogs and to reduce the stress of being inside. The KONGs were perfect!
NAS has capacity for 12 dogs. Every dog receives a KONG toy for enrichment purposes. They especially enjoy their KONGs stuffed with frozen peanut butter. They keep very busy working at getting the frozen treat. And since they are so durable, many more dogs who come through our doors will benefit!
At right are photos of Dusty, who is waiting to be adopted, enjoying a peanut butter-filled Kong! From her Petfinder profile: “I’m Dusty. I was found as a stray and was taken in by a family for a short while. Unfortunately, they could not keep me, so I found myself in an overcrowded southern shelter. Luckily, I was able to hitch a ride north and hope to find my forever home soon! There were children and other dogs in the home and we got along fine. I enjoy being around my people and getting pet; however, I can be shy when meeting new people. I know sit and my ‘shake’ is more like a high-five. I love to bounce around and play with toys.” Meet Dusty here.
Whether a person is looking to adopt, dropping off donations, or bringing in a stray animal, our goal at the Neenah Animal Shelter is to provide a positive experience to all our guests. One way we set ourselves apart from other shelters is that we have adoptable dogs in the lobby to greet visitors. Although staff welcome everyone with a “How can I help you” smile, there is something about being greeted by a four-legged friend with fur that improves the interaction.
The Petfinder Foundation grant supplied NAS with numerous Kongs, which create a fun activity for dogs. NAS gives the greeter a Kong while he or she is in the office for a few reasons. The main reason is to occupy the dog as staff, volunteers, and visitors pass through doorways. Since the dog has a Kong stuffed with treats to focus on,he/she is not barking or trying to follow people out the door. This simulates new people entering a home and helps reinforce calm behavior.
Kongs also help lessen guarding behavior. During a shift in the office, a dog may interact with 1-10 people of all ages. This gives the dog the opportunity to learn correct behavior by either leaving the Kong to interact with the people, bringing the Kong to the person to play, or continuing to use the Kong with no negative reaction towards people. If a negative reaction occurs, the Kong is quietly taken away and the dog is returned to his or her kennel.
NAS also sends a Kong with dogs who enter foster care. Foster parents are instructed to use the Kong as a tool for crate-training and to reinforce calm behavior. Kongs are used daily at the Neenah Animal Shelter and we are grateful to receive these grant opportunities.
Kongs were used for our dogs for mental enrichment.
It increases their chances for adoption because it calms them and teaches them to be calm in the home.
Gilbert (first and second photos) is a sweet hound who loves his Kong. It also keeps him busy and mentally stimulated especially when he is in his crate. From his Petfinder profile: “Gilbert spent almost six months in a local animal control after being picked up as a stray. He is a happy boy who is learning how to be a family dog. He gets along with kids, other dogs, and cats. Gilbert is heartworm-positive and is starting his treatment. He doesn’t know how to play with toys yet but is learning. As a hound in the country, he probably never had any toys to play with. It usually doesn’t take long for a dog to discover that being inside with a family is a dream come true.” Meet Gilbert here.
Arial (third and fourth photos) is a 10-year-old pocket pit bull who loves her Kong. It keeps her busy when her foster mom isn’t home. From her Petfinder profile: “Looking for an older gal with a little spunk? Well look no farther, ’cause you found her! My name is Arial and I’m 10 years young. Don’t let the little white hairs on my face fool you though — I still have plenty of pep in my step! I like to play sometimes but I’m also just as happy to hang out and chew on my bone or cuddle on the couch watching TV with you. I used to be an outside dog until Miss Trina rescued me in February 2017. It wasn’t too bad — all the neighborhood kids would come play with me and my people would bring me inside if the weather was bad. Now that I’m an inside dog though, I love the air conditioning and all the fluffy soft blankets on the big comfy beds, not to mention all the yummy treats and belly rubs! (I REALLY love my belly rubs!) Miss Trina is great and all, don’t get me wrong, but I would really love to find a family of my own, with a fenced backyard to play in, and maybe even a sibling or two (furry or little, but not too little, human siblings — I love them both!).” Meet Arial here.
To help mentally engage and stimulate the animals in Rescue Every Dog’s care.
Kong toys were used to help mentally engage the animals in care at Rescue Every Dog. Rescue Every Dog is located in Washington State, which has had an unusually cold and snowy winter, so having toys that help engage and stimulate them indoors is essential.
Chance is a deaf dog. He is incredibly smart, but due to his being deaf, he needs to be stimulated in different ways than some of the other dogs. He has really enjoyed his Kong toys. From his Petfinder profile: “This companion animal’s name is Chance. Chance is a sweet, outgoing boy who is looking for someone who can help him learn and grow into the amazing boy he is. He is a happy-go-lucky dog who enjoys hanging out with his people. He would be an amazing best-friend dog and would enjoy someone who likes training. We believe Chance is deaf, but it doesn’t stop him from enjoying life and having a good time. Chance wouldn’t mind being an only dog, or buddied with a dog he gets along with. He has several dogs he really enjoys playing with. He is crate-trained, walks nicely on lead, and has a joyous personality. Chance is looking for his new forever home that he has never had the chance to have.” Meet Chance here.
Enrichment for the animals in our care
Entertainment and enrichment in the kennels and cat rooms
Immeasurable. The Kong toys will be used for years!
Kittens Chex Mix (first and second photos) and Turducken (first photo) spent a month in medical isolation with ringworm and were a little stir-crazy! The Kongs kept them happy and busy and helped them burn energy. Once they were medically cleared, they moved to a room and were quickly adopted!
Aliya the dog (third photo) came in very emaciated and we needed to slow-feed her. She also had giardia and coccidia, which kept her isolated from public interaction for some time. The Kong toys kept her busy and helped her to eat slowly to avoid issues with her sensitive stomach. Aliya has also been adopted!