Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The products were mailed to all fosters who had dogs in their care.
Over time, many foster have gone through bedding because these dogs have come directly out of shelters or from very sketchy situations and some have never lived in homes and are learning how to. Others are just happy to be in a home! Either way, this helps us continue to help people who are helping us, by providing items to help the dogs.
Tia (first photo) is an Australian cattle dog/hound mix who was saved from Texas, were she was found as a stray and scheduled for euthanasia. This sweet girl, once pulled and in a home, really came out of her shell. She bonds very tightly with people and just wants to please! She LOVES her bed. She has absolutely made it her own! Meet Tia: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/40924618
Rocky (second photo) was an owner surrender and, at the age of 9 months, had already been through a lot. His people no longer wanted him, as they were divorcing. Prior to that, they had adopted him from a local shelter that had brought him up from Texas. Upon our group taking him into rescue, we found out he had heartworm. This poor chap, in a very short time, went through a lot. I can happily report that once Rocky was in foster care, his foster (a vet tech) had a family member who fell in love with him and adopted him!
The $3,045 grant was used to provide support for our Humane Education Program. The donation directly funded the design and printing of a new Humane Education activity/coloring book that teaches kids about care for their pet, adoption, and approaching strange animals. We were able to print 5,000 books for all of the children we serve annually.
The Humane Education Program is a vital component of preventing animal cruelty, reducing owner surrender, and increasing awareness about spaying and neutering family pets. The Humane Education Team focuses on reaching students in after-school programs. We identified the need for humane community education by talking to our constituents, partner organizations, and the public. Other organizations are addressing needs for animal services such as low-cost spay/neuter, "trap, neuter, release" programs for feral cats, and low-cost vaccines. However, no other organization was providing community education or surrender prevention in this geographic area.
Our Humane Education team targets elementary and middle-school children through after-school programs in under-served neighborhoods of North Texas. The goal is to teach children about interacting with animals and treating animals with respect. The projected benefit is that children will learn about responsible pet ownership, including the importance of spay/neuter, humane animal treatment, and proper pet care. The goal is that children will bring that message home to their families, and will keep it with them into adulthood. As we deliver this education, we expect the incidence of animal abuse, unwanted litters, and stray animals to decline in the areas in which we teach.
This grant will allow us to provide each child we serve with a fun activity/coloring book that teaches them about how to care for their animal, where to adopt an animal and how to choose the right animal for their family, what a veterinarian is, how to approach a strange animal, word search, matching game, maze and much more!
Sponsored adoption fees for cats in the care of Boone County Animal Care for six months or longer.
This grant provided additional exposure for a handful of cats who were previously overlooked for adoption. The sponsored adoption fee was an additional way to highlight these cats.
Slinky came to Boone County Animal Care (BCAC) from a city animal-control facility that does not practice trap-neuter-return. She was considered feral and was going to be euthanized simply because she wasn’t social. Within 24 hours of arriving at a BCAC foster home, she went into premature labor and lost all of her babies. It was soon discovered during an emergency surgery that she had an infected, necrotic uterus. She would have died without the surgery and was quite sick during her monthlong recovery period. She was scared, couldn’t be handled, and didn’t eat well during this time. Her foster mom diligently nursed her back to health during this challenging time. She then lived in a garage until a permanent barn home could be identified.
Through yet another twist of fate, a promising barn home fell through, so Slinky was still in foster care when she got sick and nearly died a second time. In this case, her urine was as thick as syrup because she had so many urinary crystals. After a few more weeks of medicine, fluids, and prescription food, she started feeling better and finally decided to trust people. She tested positive for FIV, and it was now apparent that her placement into a permanent home would require a special person willing to accommodate these two health conditions: FIV and urinary crystals.
Following Slinky’s second near-death experience, she began to blossom in her own way. She “asks” for her special prescription food, which she eats in her kennel. She sometimes searches for a nice, warm lap to sit in, but she mostly just hangs out in the room with her foster mom. She’s not a fan of being picked up, but she occasionally demands attention or rubs up against her foster mom’s legs for petting. She fits in well with the other animals in her foster home.
Slinky was available for adoption for more than a year before her foster mom decided to make her a permanent member of the family. Slinky had been through so many experiences with her foster family and was slow to adjust to change, so it seemed like the best outcome for her. The sponsored adoption fee made possible by a Petfinder Foundation Adoption Options grant was the extra incentive needed for the foster mom to make her decision. Slinky is now enjoying her life in a loving, nurturing home!
The KONG toys are used to help keep the dogs at the rescue mentally and physically active while they are in their kennels. We use them as treats after they have been out on their walks. We have also used them to help keep them busy if they cannot go outside for long due to the bad weather.
This grant of KONG toys has really helped the dogs be more approachable to people who come in to look at them. They seem calmer and happier and not as jumpy.
15 dogs so far
Joe (first photo) was a shepherd-mix dog whom we rescued from a local [open-admission] shelter. He was with us for a couple of months before he was adopted but was soon brought back due to not working well with the family. After he was returned to us we noticed he started becoming more and more anxious and started spinning. We tried different interactive toys, but after five minutes, he was done with them and back to spinning. After we received this grant we gave him the biggest KONG toy and stuffed it with treats, and later froze peanut butter and even chicken broth in it. He LOVED it! It would keep him busy for a while and he really slowed down on his spinning. Because of this, he had a better kennel presence and was adopted by an amazing family. He is the king of the house and has several acres to run and play. This grant truly gave him a 2nd Chance at a better life.
We received a shipment of Kong toys. They were given to the dogs to provide hours or entertainment.
Our dogs are in kennels and dog runs during the day. Aside from being walked by volunteers, they require playtime and entertainment to keep their minds active and healthy. The Kongs were given to the dogs at our shelter.
Mia is a very sweet and friendly gray-and-white female pit bull terrier around 3 years old. She is crate-trained, spayed, microchipped, playful, and she gets along well with other dogs and kids. She loves belly rubs and showing you her belly. She loved playing with the Kongs, and started a collection of her own. She likes to throw them in the air and then catch them. Mia has been adopted to a loving family.
KONG product was used for our Pawsitive Beginnings Puppy Rehab program to help our abandoned puppies socialize, train and build confidence to be adoptable. We use them as interactive toys and training treats.
The KONG toys help us to interact with scared puppies, gain their trust and help them to be confident, and eventually adoptable!
Riley was rescued from an abandoned building. All alone, and only 12 weeks old, she was frightened and confused. Her first weeks of life were spent on her own, terrified of people, so we worked for several weeks to gain her trust. Using a peanut butter-stuffed KONG as a training tool, she learned to trust and would eventually take the KONG from our hand. We are happy to report that she has been adopted, and her favorite toy is still a KONG!
To construct a "catio" to improve the quality of life for shelter cats currently under our care.
The catio allows the shelter cats to move from inside the shelter to the outdoors where they may enjoy the sun and lounge in the safety of an enclosure. It took a little time to teach the cats how to utilize the cat door, but they have all adapted very nicely. The ability to do so greatly decreases the animals' stress, thus making them more adoptable. It is so enjoyable to drive up to the shelter and see the cats outside having fun.
Between 12 and 24 over the course of a typical month.
Cheddar (first photo), Kitty, Angel, and Baby are four beautiful cats who were surrendered to the shelter when their owners, an elderly couple, passed away within a few days of each other. These cats had known only the safety of their home and had been able to move freely in and out at their discretion. After finding themselves in a shelter, it took a little time for them to realize they were safe and nothing bad was going to happen to them. The girls learned to utilize the cat door and began freely roaming inside the cattery and out into the catio. Baby was quickly adopted and the other three will surely be adopted soon due to their wonderful temperaments and social behavior. Meet Cheddar: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41077154
The money was used to provide heartworm treatment for a senior cattle dog named Maggie. It also paid for her adoption fee.
This grant helped us provide the care Maggie needed and find her a loving forever home, regardless of her age and the condition in which she entered our shelter.
We want to thank the Petfinder Foundation for supporting our senior Maggie with a grant to cover all of her heartworm treatment AND her adoption fee. Maggie was part of our hurricane-relief efforts and traveled a long way to find her safe place with us. She and other homeless pets were pulled from Texas shelters in order to make room for dogs stuck in the destruction and devastation left behind from Hurricane Harvey. Maggie was under-socialized and heartworm-positive upon her intake in September 2017. Since then, she has undergone treatment for her condition and has been living with one of our loving fosters while she waited for the right family to adopt her. The Petfinder Foundation saw her potential and granted her the chance at a new life. She had a rough start, but she got the love and care she deserved thanks to the support of the Petfinder Foundation. She has been adopted.
We use the donation of KONG toys in our kennels on a daily basis.
This donation has made a tremendous difference in the lives of our shelter animals. We have found that providing them with durable toys that can also be used as enrichment tools with treats or peanut butter has an immeasurable impact on the behavior of animals who are housed in kennels. The KONG toys provide them with hours of mental stimulation and enjoyment which, in turn, helps alleviate the amount of stress that comes with living in a shelter environment. We especially appreciate the durability of KONG toys, as they hold up under constant use much better than any other brand that we have tried.
We thoroughly disinfect and sanitize all toys daily. Since the KONG toys are virtually indestructible, they can provide stimulation and exercise for literally hundreds of animals in our care.
Upon receipt of the shipment of toys provided through the grant, we presented Duncan with one of the large toys. He was thrilled and played with it non-stop for hours. He is a large, and very strong, dog and was able to demolish the first two that we gave him but he has calmed down now and enjoys playing with his KONG toys rather than destroying them. They have made an incredible difference in Duncan and have helped provide an outlet for his high energy. He looks forward to his clean, freshly treat-filled toy every morning after his breakfast. Meet Duncan: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/40851375
Kongs (and Kong cat toys) were distributed to our foster families who are taking care of our puppies, dogs, kittens, and cats in their homes for entertainment and enrichment. They were also utilized in crates during rescue and transport from the South to our state's rescue, to aid in relieving some of the stress caused by transport.
Being an in-home foster organization, it's important to us to keep our rescue babies entertained, enriched, and occupied. One of our goals is to be able to adopt out mentally stimulated and trainable puppies to our adopters. A stimulated puppy/kitten is well-rounded and more easily trainable, which, in the long run, helps to ensure FOREVER placement in their new homes. Thank you again, KONG and Petfinder Foundation, for helping us help our babies!
"Our foster dogs use the new Kongs all the time. The pups have very sharp teeth and love to chew. The Kong toys keep them occupied and can stand against their strong mouths! We had bones and other chewies for them too, but they were messy, and not healthy for them to have. That's one of my favorite things about Kongs: They do not come apart and leave little bits everywhere. The dogs are always so excited when they see us reaching for the Kongs in the cupboard." -- Brooke, Bottle Babies Rescue foster mom
"Kongs are great for crate training. So strong, I don't have to worry about my foster pups chewing them apart. Pop a treat inside and keep them interested longer. Kongs distract my teething puppies from chewing on 'non-chewable' items/things. So glad these were donated to our rescue puppies -- they LOVE them!" -- Michelle, Bottle Babies Rescue foster mom