Campaign collecting Kong toys for shelter dogs

2013-12-09T14:10:00Z 2013-12-10T17:31:25Z Campaign collecting Kong toys for shelter dogsFor The Times nwitimes.com
December 09, 2013 2:10 pm  • 

MUNSTER | Boredom Busters, formed this year, plans to supply each dog at the Humane Society Calumet Area in Munster with a Kong toy by the holidays. The shelter doubled its intake in October as a result of a merger with Gary Animal Control.

Founder Kim Stanley, of Highland, is requesting monetary or toy donations be sent to: Humane Society Calumet Area, 421 45th Ave., Munster, IN 46321, earmarked with her name. A toy drop box is also located at Grindhouse Café, 146 N Broad St., Griffith.

“In walking around the HSCA shelter, I couldn’t help but notice that some of the dogs seemed bored. Despite regular walks and attention from volunteers, they often spend a significant amount of time in crates,” Stanley said.

“Kong toys, stuffed with treats, provide hours of mental and physical stimulation. They are reusable, long-lasting and dogs really love them. I think a content dog is a more adoptable dog, and with the holidays coming, the project seemed like a win win.”

HSCA Volunteer Coordinator Jennifer Bacino said the shelter is currently housing approximately 150 dogs.

“We use Kong therapy at the shelter. It reduces boredom, reduces anxiety, and decreases destructive behavior. Kong therapy teaches the dog ‘adoptable’ behavior, and asking the dog to sit or lay down before receiving the treat reinforces positive human interaction,” Bacino said.

“The influx of animals from Gary Animal Control has kept the staff and volunteers very busy, but we are very fortunate to have the community support to care for the new animals,” Bacino added.

Connect with Boredom Busters at facebook.com/shelterboredombusters.

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