Columbia Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The donated Kongs were used to provide entertainment, fun and general enrichment for dogs while they are at the shelter.

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

The Kongs provide a great addition to our kennel enrichment program. We find Kongs are rarely donated by the public, and we operate on limited funds so we can rarely purchase any. We have used the donated Kongs as treat- and food-dispensers and also as a means of gaining the trust of more fearful dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

Ten and counting! The donated Kongs have been used by at least 10 dogs so far and we anticipate using them for many more.

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

Hugh (first and second photos) came to CHS as a rescue from Israel and is part of our Canaan Rescue Project. He is about 2 years old and can be a little afraid when meeting new people. Kongs have been helpful in gaining his trust. Hugh loves to run and play, and licking food from his Kong is one of the things that he loves best! He is a very fun-loving guy who is going to need a family that will lead him to greatness. He gets along great with other dogs, but can be reactive on leash because he is excited to see them. He loves to run and play. He is protective of his area.

Trouble (third and fourth photos) was brought to the shelter for boarding while his family was moving and, sadly, they never came back. Trouble is about 11 or 12 years old and is no trouble at all! He has only ever been an outside dog. He loves his big, comfy bed and he really likes his treats in a Kong. He is available for adoption at: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37575975

We call Cody (fifth and sixth photos) our Big Brown Dog. He came to the shelter as a stray and is about 2 years old. He gets along well with other dogs and enjoys playing. He is also very smart, which makes giving him a good life while he's in a kennel environment a challenge. We try to do everything we can to keep him thinking, and Kongs provide a great puzzle toy. Extracting food that is frozen inside the Kong is one of his favorite pastimes, and when the Kong is almost empty, he likes to chase it around. Meet Cody: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36973913