Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
Enrichment of animals in the shelter.
The toys provided gave the dogs in our care something to break up the boredom in the shelter.
We had a shy and scared dog come into the shelter. With the use of the KONG toys, we were able to get her socialized with having different people interact. Her fear level almost disappeared, which led to her adoption.
We received this grant shortly after Hurricane Laura. Southern Louisiana, particularly southwest Vermilion parish, was decimated by the hurricane, causing many families and pets to become homeless. Vermilion Parish Rabies Animal Control, the shelter we work with which has no adoption/rescue program (all animals go through us), was flooded with phone calls regarding stray and abandoned animals. The shelter was already overcrowded, with nowhere to put the newly homeless animals.
Hurricane Laura hit south Louisiana on Aug. 29, 2020. From Aug. 28 to Sept. 30, Vermilion Parish Animal Control picked up 80 dogs and 35 cats. This grant allowed us to fund the medical requirements of transporting agencies to move out those pets that had been in the shelter for a long time to make room for the new guys.
We were able to get many dogs the vaccinations and health certificates required for travel to other states.
On Sept. 14, 2020, 24 long-term shelter residents boarded a Wings of Rescue flight to San Diego. Some of the dogs had been in the shelter for over a year with very little interest from adopters or other rescues. All of the dogs were heartworm-positive with bully facial features. Because of this grant, we were able to give all of the dogs the vetting required to make the flight. At last check-in with the rescue, all but one dog had been adopted.
One particular pet that this helped was Peter. Peter arrived in January 2020 emaciated, terrified, and heartworm-positive (first photo). He was scared of the environment and didn’t show potential adopters or rescues what volunteers could see was hiding inside. During his long stint at Animal Control, Peter accumulated nearly $1,000 in vet bills due to heartworm complications, further lessening his appeal to potential rescues and adopters. In flies Wings of Rescue, which coordinated with San Diego Humane Society to save not just Peter, but many other heartworm-positive, bully-looking dogs. Peter has been treated for his heartworms in California but unfortunately is still looking for his forever home. The change of scenery has allowed Peter to show his true personality (second photo).
This grant was used to assist in paying for the medical care for Thora, a female pit mix. Thora was seized in a felony animal-cruelty case back in July of 2020 with severe burns on her back and an infection that would have caused her to go septic within a few days. Thora was immediately taken to Points East vet in Wilson, NC, for treatment.
As an animal control officer for Farmville PD, my daily goal is to ensure the health and well-being of any animal in my jurisdiction. Upon hearing about Thora, I knew that immediate action was necessary. Having this grant enabled us to pay for the necessary medical treatment without our general fund for our shelter animals being affected.
Thora is a now 1-year-old pit mix who was seized in a felony animal-cruelty case in July of 2020. Thora had a significant burn on her back, likely as a result of a chemical or thermal burn. The burn was not treated in a timely manner by her owner, resulting in an infection that likely would have resulted in sepsis and death in a matter of days. The infected area could be smelled from several feet away, and had maggots in it. Thora spent a night at the emergency vet receiving treatment and was later placed with one of our officers in foster care. That officer has fallen in love with her and plans to permanently adopt her at the conclusion of this case.
Our grant was used for our shelter to purchase dog enrichment toys. We purchased a combination of enrichment puzzles as well as knuckle bones that would keep our pups occupied for long periods of time.
Even though our animals are very fortunate to have a large amount of volunteers and staff that take them out for walks, they still have to spend a good amount of time in their kennels. These toys really keep our dogs’ minds working in a good way and provide so much entertainment to them. Two times a week, we would have enrichment day and allow our young volunteers to fill the toys. Every foster is also provided with a toy to take home and use during the time they are fostering.
Jax, a 6-month-old hound mix, is super smart and benefits from having something to entertain his mind. He is so interested in the puzzle and works very had to get those treats out. Allowing him to play with his Kong once a day is so beneficial to this young pup. Jax has an approved application at this time, but has not left the building yet. We are so excited to see him grow and mature in a loving home.
We received Kongs and they were used for our foster dogs. Each new rescue from Animal Control received a new Kong toy to welcome them into their foster home!
This grant helped our foster dogs learn positive behaviors. We use Kongs to teach puppies appropriate chewing behaviors. We also stuff Kongs with dog-approved food to help provide mental stimulation while they learn crate training in their foster homes.
We rescued three feral puppies from Arkansas. They were 13 weeks old and had had no human interaction until we were able to trap them and have them transported to us in Saint Louis. They were very timid when we brought them home and had no concept of toys or bones. After following their foster siblings around and learning from their behaviors, they started learning to play with their new, size-appropriate Kongs. They loved them! The Kongs helped these former feral puppies get socialized enough to be adopted into loving homes!
The KONG products we received were used as enrichment for shelter dogs.
The KONG toys we received helped our shelter dogs pass the time enjoyably. Filled with yummy treats and snacks, they gave the dogs entertainment and satisfied their natural instincts to lick and chew.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the year 2020 has encompassed the idea of “essential.” As a Humane Society, we consider the work we provide to the homeless and stray animals of Camden County to be necessary and essential. We have not been able to have volunteers at the shelter as normal due to the pandemic. The KONG toy grant has helped many shelter dogs during this stressful time in their lives as they await their forever homes.
The KONG toys we received enabled us to provide important enrichment to shelter dogs. Chewing is a natural stress-busting activity. Dogs that chew regularly have access to a great, natural way of self-soothing. Kongs are also a useful way to keep dogs busy, divert them into some quiet time or encourage them to stay on their beds.
Landry, a young 8-week-old female Beagle mix, was adopted in October 2020 by a wonderful family. Landry and her three siblings greatly benefited from their KONG toys, as the toys provided them with something they could lick and chew, starting them with good puppy habits from the beginning! Landry’s family is over the moon with her and she has grown up so much since.
The grant has impacted many animals like Landry and will surely continue to help the many more we are sure to see.
The grant money was used for surgery for tumor removal and spaying of Riley the rabbit. The Petfinder Foundation gave us more than we ended up needing, so we used the extra funds to neuter another rabbit, Andre (third and fourth photos). He has since found a home.
It helped us pay the veterinarian bills for RIley’s spay and tumor removals and we had enough left over to pay for a neuter for Andre to get him a great home. By having the money for these surgeries, we were able to pay for them in full at the time of surgery and did not have to worry about having an unpaid bill with the vet and making payments as we raised money or used other funds for animal care or food.
Riley (first and second photos) had been released to us by a kind lady who caught her after seeing her running around, loose and abandoned. No one claimed her. The lady housed her and cared for her until she found our rescue. Once Riley was in our care, we noticed all these lumps on her belly and we had her checked out at her health exam.
Dr. B. suggested we get her in for surgery and have her spayed, with hopes of reducing some of the lumps by taking away the estrogen. And she would remove the biggest lumps surgically. After surgery, the lumps were sent off for analysis. Riley had an aggressive cancer which was spreading through her mammary glands, so we were in for more surgeries and care.
Riley is still with us today, in our shelter and lump-free. She hasn’t been adopted yet, but she is enjoying her free time with Teagan, a neutered male lionhead mix.
We thank the Petfinder Foundation for the opportunity to help us with the costs and with saving her life.
To pay Dr. Pedro Cisneros/VIP Pet Clinic in Santa Clarita, CA, to do an orthopedic surgery of the right rear knee (medial patella luxation) for a dog named Shiloh. She needed six weeks of physical and water therapy after surgery.
To help a dog named Shiloh walk without pain by having her right rear knee surgery. She can find a good home after all the physical and emotional trauma that she has gone through as a bait dog.
Shiloh is approximately 3 years old. She needed to have surgeries for her knees so she could walk without pain. Her scars are the only thing she has to tell her story. Her teeth were filed down. Shiloh also had infections, cataracts, old broken ribs, and a broken tail when she was rescued.
In the weeks after her rescue, the vet treated her infected wounds, and she began a diet that would help her put on weight. At her foster home, Shiloh lived quietly and loved her foster. She was on pain medication for both knees.
Her surgery date was Nov. 3, 2020, with Dr. Pedro Cisneros in Santa Clarita, CA. Shiloh was adopted on Jan. 15, 2021. She can now walk without pain. However, she is not allowed to use stairs for at least six months.
Kongs were given to our foster dogs and went with them to their forever homes.
Kongs helped with dog enrichment and boredom prevention. This kept adults and puppies happy in the kennels. The toys then went with them to their adoptive homes.
Ace and Ollie came into us from a group home that was no longer able to take care of them or train them properly. They were completely vetted and then had a very long 12-hour trip to their new home. Thanks to Kong for helping them on their trip home with the toys to take their minds off of the long trip. These two Goldens found an amazing home.
The rescued dogs in our program, for enrichment and fun!
This grant prevented the dogs from chewing on things they were not supposed to chew on, as many of our dogs are fostered in homes. It also kept them engaged and busy during times of boredom.
Drake is a power chewer and he is from a cruelty case we were called to work from our local Sheriff’s dept. He lived his whole life on a chain, with very little human interaction and no toys. He loves these toys and it’s a special treat to fill them with peanut butter or other treats. He is not up for adoption yet due to the abuse he suffered, but he is rehabbing wonderfully here at the Funny Farm Rescue Ranch, and the Kong toys have helped him immensely.