Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
Pound Buddies received an Emergency Medical Grant for $1,000 and we will use the money to help surgically correct a bladder issue with one of our dogs.
Sahri is a very sweet dog who has a bladder problem that causes incontinence. We are fortunate to have found a foster for her, but because of this issue, folks are reluctant to adopt her. She now has an appointment at Michigan State University for July 11, 2017. We are on a cancellation list should something open up sooner. Meet Sahri: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37427229
The product was used for kennel enrichment for adoptable dogs.
It helped the dogs in our care by providing needed mental and physical stimulation, helping to ease anxiety and boredom, thus making them more adoptable.
After washing and disinfecting, the Kongs are reused, so the number of dogs helped is ongoing. As long as the Kongs last, they will continue to help the dogs in our care.
Grace (first and second photos) is a Lab/retriever surrendered by her owner with her sister, Olive. Her sister was adopted almost immediately, which left her lonely and full of anxiety. She was panting heavily and was very withdrawn while getting used to being in the shelter. We started offering her different treats with different smells in the Kong toys. This really seem to stimulate her and helped her focus on the toy instead of on her unfamiliar settings. Grace is still up for adoption; meet her here: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38328923.
The money was used for training costs and tools for six of our foster dogs who, prior to working with the trainer, were not adoptable.
We rescue many dogs with substantial training needs. Occasionally, we are aware of these needs at the time we rescue the dogs, and can financially prepare for the associated training costs. More often, however, issues such as separation anxiety, leash reactivity, and more, become apparent once the foster dog settles into their new home and participates in normal, in-home activities. Our foster families work tirelessly to provide the love, structure, and support our dogs need, but sometimes we need the expertise of trainers to help the dogs become successful and adoptable. The Orvis grant supplied necessary funding for the incurred training costs of six dogs.
Titus is a dream dog. He is so sweet and snuggly with his foster family and their household dogs. But when Titus goes for a walk, he becomes insecure and aggressive because he is on a leash. Years of this behavior going uncorrected also caused Titus to be insecure when meeting new dogs, even when he is off of his leash. Titus' foster mom has been working with a trainer for the past couple of months to identify triggers and solutions, and she works on "homework" with Titus daily. Due to the training help and in-home visits provided by our trainer, Titus has found his forever family. Titus is making a slow transition into his forever home so that he can be slowly introduced to his new fur-brother. Titus also successfully goes for walks around the block! The photos show Titus working with Heather, one of our favorite trainers!
The Kong Classic dog toys have been used for training and enrichment for our foster dogs.
As a nonprofit dog rescue, we have a very limited budget for nonessential items. The Kong product grant helped us to enrich the lives of many of the foster dogs in our care by providing a versatile toy that can be tailored to specific dogs' preferences by stuffing them with a variety of yummy foodstuffs. For some of our dogs, the Kong Classic is the first toy they ever encountered, and it is the toy that teaches them good play! The Kong Classic dog toys are also an indispensable training device for some of our foster dogs. Our foster families use the toys to crate-train dogs, to entice dogs who are afraid of cars to enjoy a ride to the park or vet, and simply to reward good behavior. Our rescue uses a positive-reinforcement philosophy, and the Kong Classic dog toys help us to stay true to that mission and make dogs more adoptable!
To date, more than 50! Many of our foster families have used the Kongs for more than one dog, so this number continues to grow!
Garfunkel (first photo) has been with RescuedOhio since March 4, 2017, and is one of our dogs who has benefited GREATLY from the Kong product grant. Garfunkel came to us heartworm-positive, and with strong attachment issues that resulted in him becoming very anxious when crated or not next to a human. Separation anxiety was ruled out by a trainer, but due to the physical restrictions placed on Garfunkel as part of his heartworm treatment (he needs to keep his heart rate very low), it was concerning how worked up he got when he needed to be crated. Further, as a medium-energy-level dog, Garfunkel was difficult to keep happy and busy without his being able to go for long walks or a romp in the yard with his fur-siblings. With the help of the Kong Classic toy, stuffed with peanut butter and frozen, Garfunkel was able to learn that the crate is an okay place to be. The peanut butter Kong kept him busy and distracted during the initial moments after he was crated, and by the time he finished the frozen Kong, he was relaxed enough to rest or sleep in his crate until his foster mom returned. The frozen peanut butter Kong became, and continues to be, an essential part of Garfunkel's crating routine while he finishes his heartworm treatment. Meet Garfunkel: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37762191
Rumer and her sister Talullah were 13-week-old puppies who came to RescuedOhio with their mom. The puppies were adopted very quickly, but they enjoyed playing with their Kong toys, and their foster mom used treat-stuffed Kongs for crate training and to help keep those active little puppies busy! The second photo shows Garfunkel and Rumer sharing some Kong time on an orange sheet. It is their foster mama's favorite photo of them! Additional photos of pups and Kongs follow, including one of our fosters who loves to play with his Kong in the kiddie pool!
The Kongs sent were utilized with our German shepherds that are currently in boarding awaiting their forever homes.
The grant of Kongs helped our organization by not only providing mental stimulation to our GSDs in boarding but also alleviating some of the financial costs we would have incurred to purchase the products ourselves.
Five German shepherds
Pets helped include Tundra (first photo). From her Petfinder profile: "Tundra is a 7-year-old female who came to ML as a stray from an Illinois shelter. She's a fun-loving gal who's always up for a good time, but would do best in a home as an only dog, with older or no children, and no cats. She's sweet, loving, calm, very well-mannered, and likes to go for short little walks, but mainly just wants to be loved on by her people." Meet Tundra: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37783965
Meet Elka: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37307835
Meet Gabe: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/35997780
Meet Piper: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38374348
Meet Luke: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38317195
The Kong toy grant was used to provide enrichment to the dogs in our care.
This grant helped by allowing us to give toys to the dogs in our care and keep them from getting bored while they wait to be adopted into their forever homes. Being inside a cage can cause dogs to get bored and stressed out easily and we want them to be comfortable.
This grant helped Greta, a 9-year-old Lab/collie mix. She has been in our care for about a month now and, even though we play with her and walk her and the rest of the dogs as much as we can, they can still get bored while waiting inside their kennels. With the help of the Kong toy grant, we can give Greta a Kong toy and she can stay occupied for a while and not be stressed. From Facebook: "Hi human, my name is Greta and I’m the gal for you! First, I’ll reel you in with my soulful eyes, and then I’ll hit you with my big ole smile for the win! At 9, I may be a seasoned gal, but I still have plenty of pep in my step. From my curly tail to my floppy ears, I am up for any adventure that involves my human right by my side. Come see meet me today and see for yourself!"
The P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant provided us with some AWESOME dog beds!
They have been distributed to our foster homes and are currently being used to provide comfort to our dogs until they are adopted.
Ten currently, but it will help many down the road as the foster homes that received the beds take on more dogs when their current fosters are adopted.
This grant helped many of our dogs, but specifically Joey Fatone. He is a senior boy, so a comfy bed is perfect for his sore joints. He is now on an adoption trial, and we are hoping that, following his adoption, another senior dog can benefit from his bed!
Longmont Humane Society received 30 KONGs through the Petfinder Foundation KONG Toy Grant.
KONGs play an important part in our shelter enrichment program by helping to keep dogs occupied, entertained and happy. Longmont Humane Society's teen volunteers clean and stuff KONGs daily, then freeze them for use in the kennels. The 30 KONGs granted by the Petfinder Foundation have joined this important assembly line.
Because the KONGs are cleaned and reused, we anticipate that the 30 KONGs will be used by approximately 300 dogs.
Puppies Hershey, Toffee and Nestle were the first dogs at Longmont Humane Society to give the new KONGs a try. The KONGs are perfect for teething pups, and they curiously explored the different shapes and sizes until they each found their favorite KONGs. All three puppies have been adopted into loving homes.
Pound Buddies received $1,000 from the Orvis Operational Grant for slow feeders for our shelter dogs.
Some dogs gulp their food, especially strays who come to us who were never sure of where their next meal would come from. This is unhealthy and can lead to digestive problems -- even very serious, sometimes fatal issues such as bloat. Not only do the slow feeders eliminate this problem, but they serve as enrichment tools to occupy and entertain our dogs by presenting a little bit of a challenge.
We take in approximately 1,300 to 1,500 dogs a year.
Pictured is Sandy, who came to us and was prone to gulping her food. The slow feeder has required her to slow down. From her Petfinder profile: "Sandy likes being weird and awkward, and she fully embraces her flaws. Sandy is missing toes on her back paw, but she doesn't let it stop her from loving and being loved! Sandy will take you to a place of zen, as she's had a previous life as a golden wildflower in the '70's. Her independent, chill personality goes with the flow and she simply wants peace to all creatures in the world. Instead of roaming with the big dogs, you'll find Sandy with a lotus flower in her hair, basking in the richness of gloriously cuddling her human on the couch with a kiss of 'Namaste' on her lips." Meet Sandy: www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37375774
Funds from the Petfinder Foundation were used to cover a portion of the medical expenses for a kitty who was caught in a car engine. Expenses totaled $1,116. The Petfinder Foundation generously covered $1,000 of the those costs.
The grant from the Petfinder Foundation allowed the Humane Society of Warren County the resources needed to save the kitten's life.
Rev the kitten was rushed to the shelter by a Good Samaritan during one of the agency's rabies clinics. Rev was found in a car engine and was severely injured. His tail had been severed and he had two broken legs. Despite his injuries, he was very friendly. He was rushed to the vet. His tail was amputated and both legs were cast. One of the staff members at the veterinary clinic offered to foster Rev during his recovery. Instead of having to recuperate in the shelter, Rev was able to heal in the peace of a loving home. Rev's foster family fell in love with him and became his forever family through adoption. Thank you to the Petfinder Foundation for making this possible.