Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The Kong toys were distributed to dogs in foster care, with dogs on crate rest from surgeries as the top priority.
We had a mixed review with the products. Several of our dogs shredded the toys within minutes and several dogs absolutely loved them and played with them for extended periods of time.
Eight dogs received the toys, and we just gave the remaining toys to two dogs who had surgery this week.
Delaney came to us from our local dog pound, as she as unable to walk or stand. Both of her ACL's were so tight that they restricted the movement of her back legs. She had double ACL surgery and needed rest with therapy. Being a young dog, she struggled with being so restricted. Filling the Kong with tasty treats and holding it for her to lick during her therapy helped her get through the rough times. She now is enjoying frozen food and peanut butter in her Kong during crate time. Delaney is a sweet girl who is available for adoption. Meet her: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37869756
We received 10 Kongs.
This Kong grant has enriched our dogs’ lives, challenged their minds, and helped to relieve any stress and anxiety they might feel as they transition into our program and into family life. Additionally, because we did not have to spend money on toys, we were able to divert our funds into rescuing more animals.
This grant helps an unlimited number of dogs, as the Kongs are washable and reusable.
The dog in the attached photo, Mia, is a dog we rescued in May of 2017. Her leg was severely injured, the skin on her ribcage was flayed open, and she had gravel and cuts on her face. We believe she was probably hit by a car. We took her into our program and, in an effort to save her leg, we put a rod in her leg that restricts her mobility. Because she struggles to accept other dogs, she was not a good candidate for a foster home, so she stayed at the Adoption Center with the staff. But, as busy as we are, it’s not the most fun a dog can have, and she can get a little bored. Treats in a Kong are a big deal to Mia right now! We’re glad to have this supply for her, the other dogs in our program, and many more to come! Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for the generous gift and helping our dogs!
The KONG product grant was used for our dogs going through activity restriction after heartworm treatment or after surgery.
The donation of KONG toys was great for our dogs who needed activity restriction. Allowing the dogs to work on yummy canned food, peanut butter, or treats in a KONG certainly helps as an environmental enrichment aid for these dogs. Since dogs going through heartworm treatment need at least 10 weeks of activity restriction, this grant allowed them to avoid boredom. Dogs who get bored in the shelter can easily develop behavior problems that make it harder to find them a home. Thank you, KONG, for helping our dogs!
Ten KONGs were provided, so 10 dogs are helped at a time.
Elwood (first and second photos) is a very active young dog. We took him in after Hurricane Matthew. He arrived at ARC testing positive for heartworm disease. Highly energetic dogs frequently develop complications during heartworm treatment since it is difficult to keep them calm. Fortunately, Elwood very much enjoyed his KONG toy. He most enjoyed having canned food stuffed in there, and freezing the toy allowed him to be occupied even longer! Elwood is still looking for his forever home. Meet Elwood: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37769007
Parvo treatment for Franz, a Dachshund puppy
The grant for Franz's parvo paid most of the vet bill.
Only one, Franz
We pulled Franz from a Texas shelter on May 30. He started showing parvovirus symptoms on May 31. We got him to the vet and they did not think he would survive. Franz has a strong will to live and he beat the odds. He is now in foster care and quarantined for a few more weeks. Once he has the okay of the veterinarian, he will go up for adoption.
We were able to buy cages, bandanas, wheels, and beds to enhance our adoption centers for $2,000.
We bought 150 AVID microchips for $1,562.
We bought 10 POP-UP banners for our adoption centers to lead people to the center from the front of the store for $1,650.
We bought 220 test kits for $2,371.
We bought 3/1 vaccines and rabies vaccines for 220 cats for $1,500.
We sterilized 30 cats for $900.
We were able to offer our foster parents the testing, microchips and vaccinations and some surgeries for free so those expenses were not borne by the foster parent. The Cat Network does not own any animals. The foster parent bears all these expenses. We were also able to buy accessories for our adoption centers to make them look more inviting when potential adopters come into the store and finally we were able to buy banners to direct people coming into the stores to the adoption centers or to use for special events.
Approximately 220 animals were able to be tested and vaccinated for free; 150 animals received microchips for free and 30 cats were sterilized for free on our Meow Mobile.
Candela and Kaori were two small kittens found and rescued by a lady who feeds cats on the street. Even though she knew she could not keep them, she just couldn't leave them there facing possible danger. So she gave them to another person who raised them from the age of 5 weeks to 12 weeks. When they were old enough, they received all their vaccines, testing and sterilization through the Petfinder Foundation grant. Then they were put up for adoption (Petsmart and Petco rules mandate that all felines are sterilized, tested and vaccinated before being put up for adoption). Then they were adopted within one week as a bonded pair by a lovely young couple. A great match.
The in-kind donation of 25 Kong toys were given to our dogs in the shelter and they kept them when they got adopted.
Kong toys provide great stimulation for our dogs temporarily residing in the shelter. Although they get taken for walks several times a day, these toys are so helpful in training and fun time while they are in their enclosures.
Garth, a German Shepherd mix, came to Operation Kindness with neurological problems that made him unable to walk properly. While in his kennel, he was still able to play, chew and stay engaged with his Kong toy as we were able to train him and get him a custom wheelchair! He has been adopted by a loving family!
Kongs for dogs in foster care.
Peak Lab Rescue provided Kong toys to dogs in our foster care to provide them with entertainment and stress relief while they are resting after surgeries. Kongs were also used for foster dogs who are learning to use a crate and dogs suffering from separation anxiety. Peak Lab Rescue also provided Kongs to dogs during transport from [open-admission] shelters to Peak Lab Rescue to relieve anxiety and provide entertainment while in the vehicle.
Dottie (first photo) is pictured here enjoying her Kong. Dottie had severe mange and had a longer-than-usual stay in foster care. Perhaps that's why her foster family ADOPTED HER! Tess (second photo) is pictured chewing her Kong while recovering from her spay surgery. Peaches (third photo) got her Kong while on transport from [an open-admission] shelter. From her Petfinder profile: "Peaches is a fantastic 25-lb., 4-month-old puppy with just the right amount of energy! She has just enough puppy energy to be fun, but overall is very calm for her age. She is a bit shy when you first meet her, but comes out of her shell quickly, especially if you have food and treats! She has picked up house training very well and does great with consistent outside breaks. She will go right into her crate if you toss a treat in and whines for a just a minute before settling in. She sleeps quietly in her crate at night and if she needs a bathroom break, she'll let you know with a little whine. She LOVES toys, treats, walks, other dogs, and especially napping! She also met a cat and did great! Peaches enjoys stealing the occasional blanket off the couch, but is responding very well to correction, and this is really the only bad habit I've seen in her time here so far. She is just an excellent puppy and would love to become the newest member of your family!" She is available to adopt at www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38200239.
We used the KONG products for training and to help our dogs keep mentally active and happy.
This grant was extremely helpful in keeping our dogs happy and occupied while they are in their kennels. Our dogs spend most of their time in the kennels except when it's time to play, and even then, the play time is at most 30 minutes. Our smaller dogs don't get out that much either. They are inside the building and can see all the people passing by, which gets them agitated and excited. Being able to give them a KONG toy with food or peanut butter gives them a fun activity and keeps their minds stimulated. We noticed much happier dogs when they were able to have their KONG toys. Our larger dogs also benefited because they were also able to be stimulated and kept busy while they waited for play time or a meet-and-greet. A dog's being calm in the kennel, rather than jumping up, really helps their chances.
These are great in the hot summer months because you can freeze them and the dogs love licking the ice! And when we can't afford to use AC ever day, these are lifesavers.
I'd have to say more than 15, and they are still helping.
Radar (first photo) was a big, strong pitty mix. He was very sweet, but had lots of energy, which built up in his kennel every day. He was usually a bit too active for most potential adopters. Radar's main volunteer worked tirelessly with him, and then we got the KONG toys. Radar loved his and worked with his volunteer to get his KONG as a treat. Shortly after, Radar was adopted!
Domino (second photo) is a young, energetic jumper. He is a large dog cooped up in a small kennel. He also has a kennel-mate who is also very active. KONGs have been invaluable in keeping Domino and his mate calm during the other dog's play time. Without the KONG, they are constantly jumping up and barking. We separate them and give them a KONG with peanut butter and they are able to concentrate on that and not what's going on around them. Domino also loves to get one out in the play yard. He even swims with it! Domino is still looking for his forever home.Meet Domino: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37570943
We have had many, many happy dogs go home with their Kong toys after enjoying them in the shelter. I wish I could share more photos with you of all the happy dogs. Ajax (third photo) always loved his KONG in the play yard and now he gets one to take home. Sammi (fourth photo) enjoyed the KONG as a treat, and she was happy she got to take it home.
Dental for Rufus
Rufus's dental made him more adoptable. He is a senior shih tzu who desperately needed dental care. Since his surgery, he has found a wonderful forever home. He is happy and loved and his new name is Lenny! He is very grateful for the Petfinder emergency grant for his dental!
The grant supported Annie's adoption fee, care with our organization, testing, diagnosis and treatment for her pancreatic enzyme deficiency.
Without this grant, finding Annie a home would have been nearly impossible. Having her medical costs covered by the grant ensured we had funds to continue helping other animals in our care as well.
This grant was specifically to help Annie. However, the funds we would have spent on Annie were used to spay/neuter 10 other animals.
Annie is a senior dog, and a black Lab, so not a good mixture for being adopted in our area. In addition, she has a pancreatic enzyme deficiency. This grant ensured Annie found a great forever home that was able to handle her medical condition. Her new mom says, "We are so happy and just so in love with her. She picked out a new toy and bone last night when we got home, and met her 'siblings.' She walked right into her kennel and laid on her new bed, so I think she is adjusting quite nicely." She adds that in the winter, Annie loved romping around in the snow with the other dogs. Annie found her happily ever after.