GOLDEN, Colo. (September 17, 2013) – What happens when you gather 60 motivated volunteers, KONG Easy Treat, KONG Snacks, KONG Classic toys and a philanthropic mission for pets in need? An official record in the Guinness Book of World Records!
The KONG Company set a world record for the most dog toys stuffed in one hour with a total of 1,975 toys. This was officially documented by Guinness officials on August 24, 2013 at an event in Riverside Park in New York City.
Volunteers from New York City area pet shelters, rescue groups and animal care organizations were joined by KONG team members to complete the attempt. These volunteers represented:
- Mayor’s Alliance for NY Animals
- Humane Society of NY
- Bideawee Animal Shelter
- Animal Care & Control of New York
- Puppies Behind Bars
- Sean Casey Animal Rescue
- Best Friends NY
The idea for the record comes out of the proven benefits of stuffing a KONG toy, especially for dogs confined to shelters. Stuffed KONG toys can extend the joy of treat time and are mentally and physically stimulating for any dog. As the dog works to release the stuffed treats, they are moving and thinking. And once the treats are released, the KONG itself becomes an excellent vehicle for fulfilling the instinct to chew.
Most importantly, each of the volunteers was able to take a portion of the 1,975 stuffed toys to their home shelter/rescue for the dogs. Animal Care & Control takes care of the largest number of dogs in the city, so they took the bulk of the toys in varied sizes.
Now that the record is official with Guinness, The KONG Company is throwing down the gauntlet. KONG challenges other groups to break this record for the benefit of pets everywhere. For information and assistance on setting up an attempt, email KONGconnect@KONGcompany.com
About KONG Company
KONG Company is the premier global provider of interactive toys and other products for dogs and cats. The company’s namesake Classic KONG is widely regarded as the “World’s Best Dog Toy” and is recommended by vets, trainers and behaviorists more than any other toy. With a persistent commitment to quality and innovation, the company continues to regularly introduce unique, high quality dog and cat products. KONG also makes it a top priority to give back to the pet community. KONG was founded in 1976 and is based in Golden, Colorado. For more information visit KONGcompany.com or facebook.com/KONGCompany.
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