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Somerset Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant was for nine Kong toys to be used within the shelter.

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

This grant gave us supplies to be used in our dog-enrichment program. During the winter months here in Maine, it is too cold to let the dogs outside for very long. Therefore they can get very bored and a little “kennel crazy” during these months. The Kong toys help to keep them occupied for a few hours. We all know that when there is quiet in the dog room, the Kong toys are being used! Thank you!

How many pets did this grant help?

unlimited amount

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

One of the dogs we had here was a 6-year-old female hound named Lady Bird. We believe she was kept as a hunting dog and only lived outside her whole life. Therefore she is not well-trained or housebroken. She is also very vocal and gets overlooked by potential adopters because she is very loud as soon as they come into the dog room to look at what we have available. We’ve started trying to distract her with a Kong toy during our busy time with customers so that she cannot get so overexcited. So far it is working and she has a couple of interested families. We are crossing our fingers that she will have a new home this week! Meet Lady Bird: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/39513123

Somerset Humane Society: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to purchase agility-training equipment for use in the dog-enrichment program we are developing.

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

This grant made it possible to purchase some agility-training equipment for our dogs. Our goal is to work on the equipment with the dogs who have higher energy levels. The training will help keep their minds stimulated and occupied and the exercise will help them be more relaxed when it is time to go back to their kennels. Also, the one-on-one time spent with the person who is working with them is great for socialization.

How many pets did this grant help?

unlimited amount

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

One of the best examples I can think of is of a 2-year-old female pit mix named Ginger. She had been at SHS for a few months with little to no interest in her due to her breed and her high anxiety levels in her kennel. All customers could see when they visited our dog room was a loud, barking dog who repeatedly threw herself at the kennel door, fulfilling all pit-bull stereotypes in most people’s minds. Then we got the agility equipment and Ginger showed amazing aptitude for learning routines and tricks with the equipment. This helped her focus and use up her endless energy outside. After I took photos of her doing her tricks with the agility equipment and posted them on our Facebook page, she was adopted within a week. I believe it was because the photos showed her in a fun and different light. Thank you for giving us this grant; it will help many dogs in the future!