Humane Society of Baltimore County dba Baltimore Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The product, Kong toys, were used for enrichment of our shelter dogs.

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

Kongs help nearly every dog that comes into the shelter as they are used for daily feeding and enrichment. They are especially helpful to those dogs that are extra stressed in their kennel. They help so many dogs feel more relaxed, comfortable, and entertained while being in their kennel. Kongs really are wonderful for improving the daily life of each of our shelter dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

At least 55, but honestly the number is infinite because we continue to use the Kongs on a daily basis.

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

Jet (first photo), an energetic 9-month-old pit-bull mix, was having difficulty settling down in the kennel. To help him with his excess energy and stress, we give him a Kong toy two to three times a day. The Kongs are filled with kibble, treats, and peanut butter, either at room temperature or frozen. They keep him stimulated and happy, and he is overall much easier to work with and show to interested adopters.

Baltimore Humane Society: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The $2,000 grant was used to facilitate free adoptions for adult dogs and cats in our shelter.

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

This grant enabled us to waive the adoption fees for many deserving pets, allowing us to find them new homes faster. Offering free adoptions brought more people to our shelter and enabled the animals to spend less time with us and more time with loving families. Finding these animals homes also allowed us to have more space for new animals, both those who were surrendered by their owners or those we could pull from overcrowded area shelters.

How many pets did this grant help?

Fifteen cats and 15 dogs; two dogs are still available for free adoption.

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

Rocky Balboa (first photo) was a 6-year-old male border collie that we pulled from Baltimore County Animal Services. He was listed as “rescue only” because of his obesity, meaning BCAS would only allow an approved rescue group to pull him into its program — he was not available for adoption to the general public. He quickly became a staff and volunteer favorite and was adopted in only eight days by a loving family.

Jar Jar (second photo) was a 3-year-old male mixed breed that we pulled from Prince George’s County to help alleviate crowding in that facility. After just 10 days on the adoption floor, Jar Jar went home with a new loving family.

Kit Cat (third photo) was a 2-year-old female domestic long hair cat who was surrendered by his owner but was adopted by a new loving family in just five days. The family decided to surprise their mom with a new family member after their previous cat passed away.

Humane Society of Baltimore County: Grant Opportunities from the Petfinder Foundation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant from the PetFinder Foundation was used to support daily operations at the Baltimore Humane Society’s no-kill animal shelter. Currently, the shelter is providing temporary shelter, food, medical care, and behavioral training to nearly 150 unwanted, abandoned, abused, and neglected dogs, cats, and other small companion animals.

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

This grant was used to support the Baltimore Humane Society’s mission to find loving forever homes for animals in the shelter’s care. This mission is accomplished through adoption events, promotion on the BHS website and services like PetFinder, and publicity through local media outlets.

How many pets did this grant help?

150

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

Lacey was a high energy pit-mix who came to BHS after having to be surrendered by her owner. As a special needs dog –in her case, deaf–finding a true forever home was a difficult proposition, but because of the grant from PetFinder Foundation and the Baltimore Humane Society’s no-kill philosophy, Lacey found her happy ever after! A photo is included of her new family.