PHOTO: The pitties were nestled all snug with their KONGs


Our friends at KONG have quietly donated hundreds of toys to dogs in the Foundation’s Train to Adopt program. The other day, we got an amazing photo and email from Train to Adopt shelter Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control in Charlotte, NC:


See the full photo after the jump!

“Last night, after giving out the Kongs, I watched our shelter dogs, quiet and happy for a time,” wrote volunteer Elizabeth Richardson.

“I thought of the words from ‘Silent Night’: All is calm/All is bright. Every dog was happy for a little while — and that is a huge blessing. I used to bring in special treats to the dogs on Christmas Day. Now, thanks to the Foundation and the KONG Company, I get to deliver special treats every week!”

After the jump: The full photo, plus: Learn more about how Train to Adopt saves lives.

pit-bull-puppies2.jpgOver the past year, we’ve given four shelters — Pima Animal Care Center in Tucson, AZ; Humane Society of Missouri in St. Louis and the Pennsylvania SPCA in Philadelphia as well as Charlotte Mecklenburg — $160,000 in grants to provide their adoptable dogs with training in order increase their chances of getting adopted. (Read past blog posts about Train to Adopt.)

We are so happy to be a part of a program that brings joy to so many homeless pets. We wish you and your family members, both two-legged and four, a wonderful holiday season. And if you’re still looking for the holiday gift, think about giving a Gift of Hope. There is no better gift to give your loved one than the knowledge that he or she has helped save the life of a homeless pet.

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