August 8, 2014 at 8:06 pm

Tasty treats: Detroit Dog Rescue sets world record stuffing 2,100 toys

Detroit Dog Rescue staff and volunteers stuffed 2,100 KONG rubber toys with peanut butter in 21 minutes, earning them a Guinness World Record. (Dante Dasaro / Detroit Dog Rescue)

Raise your tasty treats: Detroit Dog Rescue is now in the Guinness World Records.

Members of the nonprofit group, which launched in 2011 to save the city's homeless canine population and open a no-kill shelter, learned Thursday they earned the title for “Most dog toys stuffed in one hour.”

“We are so excited to have stuffed our way into the record books,” Kristina Rinaldi, special events and volunteer coordinator for Detroit Dog Rescue, said in a statement.

Rinaldi said plans for the feat started in December, when Pet Supplies Plus, a sponsor for the group’s Pet Pantry Project, starting seeking other pet supply companies to help DDR efforts.

“Turns out, Pet Supplies Plus knew one of their vendors, KONG Company, had a program called KONG Cares that donates doggie toys to pet-related charitable organizations,” Rinaldi said. “So we contacted KONG Company and sold them on the idea. In exchange for the Kong donation, Detroit Dog Rescue would attempt to break the Guinness World Records for the number of KONGs stuffed in one hour.”

On June 19, staff and volunteers gathered at Pet Supplies Plus headquarters in Livonia for the attempt to stuff more than 2,000 toys with peanut butter in an hour, said David Rudolph, a DDR spokesman. Some 70 participants ended up filling 2,100 in 21 minutes, four seconds, according to the Guinness website.

“They had fun with it and really got into it,” Rudolph said.

In a congratulatory email to DDR and Pet Supplies Plus, Guinness officials said: “You are OFFICIALLY AMAZING.”

The stuffed products of the record-setting achievement weren’t wasted, finding homes with some 19 rescue groups in the area, which were “very appreciative,” Rudolph said.

DDR reached another milestone in May when it celebrated the opening of its new facility, the Calvin Cash Boarding Center, on Harper in Detroit — ending a long search for a permanent site to unite boarding and adoption efforts.

All 33 kennels at the 2,400-square-foot space were occupied Friday, Rudolph said. DDR is working to find foster, then eventually permanent, homes for those canines. “The need continues to be there,” Rudolph said.

The group has also attracted a following with its food giveaways, spay/neuter clinics, and vaccination and microchip programs.

For information, call (313) 458-8014, go to www.DetroitDogRescue.com, Facebook@DetroitDogRescue or follow on Twitter @313DogRescue.