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The 10th Annual BISSELL Blocktail Party Surpasses Fundraising Goal Raising $500,000 to Help Save Pets in West Michigan

Blocktail partyIn its 10th and most successful year, the BISSELL Blocktail Party continues to be the BEST DOG-GONE Party in town. On June 9, 2015, upwards of 900 party goers and their four-legged friends convened on the lawn of Mangiamo!. Thanks to beautiful sunshine and great weather, the party was a smashing hit raising half a million dollars to support the BISSELL Pet Foundation.

“The stars aligned for us this year,” said Cathy Bissell, founder of the BISSELL Pet Foundation and creator of the BISSELL Blocktail Party. “We had the perfect storm without the storm. We knew we wanted to raise more money, but never imagined we would double funds raised from last year.  We could not have done it without the amazing support from our volunteers and most importantly our community!”

The record-breaking party evening went to the dogs in so many ways. Pooches dined on tasty yappetizers, drank from over-sized dog bowls and posed for pictures with their much taller best friends. Mangiamo!, the gracious host of the event and avid community partner, was transformed into a pet paradise by Grand Rapid’s top designers. Event participants were treated to caricatures of their pets drawn by local 2010 ArtPrize winner, Chris LaPorte, and were in invited to bid on one-of-a-kind silent auction items.

The Blocktail committee contribute much of the event’s success to the many generous sponsors. Top sponsors kicked off their Sunday shoes and were treated to a special private concert with a celebrity guest band at the VIP Sponsor Party on June 8. The Blocktail Eve evening raised nearly $60,000 of total funds during its live auction.

“This event has been part of our community for 10 years and we hope we can show a significant reduction in the number of pets in need of homes in the next 10 years,” said Heather Garbaty, co-chair. “Everyone who attended the party or supported our cause came through to make a difference for pets. That’s why this party is so special.

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Posted on June 15, 2015 in Events

You’re invited to
Howl’O’Ween!

BISSELL Howl'O'Ween Hoof and Woof brough to you by meijer

Bring out the whole family for an afternoon of wag-worthy fund to raise awareness for animal adoption and to celebrate the special bond between dogs and families.

Sunday, October 19, 2014
12:00pm-3:00pm
Manhattan Park
East Grand Rapids

Check out www.hoofandwoof.org to learn more!


Raising the “Woof” for Homeless Pets

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Bark Prize, benefiting the BISSELL Pet Foundation, is back for its second annual event. The designer dog house competition will be hosted March 6-9, 2014 at the West Michigan Home & Garden Show at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids. Five custom dog houses, designed and built by local companies, will be available for bid via a silent auction with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the BISSELL Pet Foundation. Bark Prize was created to raise awareness of the plight of homeless animals and support the organizations who are working tirelessly to find them homes and families.

“Last year’s Bark Prize custom dog houses were so unique and so fun and raised $2,000 for homeless pets, so we knew we had to make this an annual event,” Cathy Bissell, founder of the BISSELL Pet Foundation.

“The idea behind Bark Prize came from Mike Fraser, who owns Out On a Limb Playhouses. We are so thankful for that idea, and to the Home & Garden Show for welcoming the fundraiser and to all the builders giving time and materials to create the custom dog houses. The West Michigan community is very supportive and giving toward our animal welfare organizations, and this is a great opportunity to raise even more awareness,” Bissell added.

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This year, the BISSELL Pet Foundation is hoping to raise the “woof” and be able to help even more pets in need. This charitable, community event creates a unique opportunity for builders, architects, artists and designers to work together as a team to showcase their creativity and talent to tens of thousands of homeowners. The dog houses are valued from $250 to $4,000 and will be on display in the Grand Foyer at DeVos Place, outside the Expo Halls. The public will have an opportunity to vote for “Best in Show” dog house in addition to bidding on a dog house for their own pet.


The BISSELL Pet Foundation is extremely thankful to all the sponsors: Integrated Architecture, Montell Construction, Out on a Limb Playhouses, Phillip Elenbaas Millwork, Sears Architects, the West Michigan Home & Garden Show. And builders of Bark Prize: J. Visser Design/Scott Christopher Homes, Montell Construction, New Holland Brewing Co., Out On a Limb Playhouses, Pioneer Construction.


Knick Knack,
Paddy Whack,
Build a Dog a Home

Grab a hammer, some nails and your dog. Yes, your dog – for inspiration that is! We are incredibly excited to announce the 2nd annual Bark Prize event. The designer dog house competition will again be hosted by the West Michigan Home & Garden Show at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids, MI from March 6-9, 2014. Last year, six contestants showed off their artistic dog houses at the show. Over 4,000 visitors cast their votes to determine the coveted “Best in Show” entry and nearly $2,000 was raised to help homeless pets. This year, we’re “raising the woof,” and we need your help!

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Bark Prize is a great way to pair fun and talent for an amazing cause while participating in the 35th West Michigan Home & Garden Show. This charitable, community event creates a unique opportunity for builders, architects, artists and designers to work together as a team to showcase their creativity and talent to tens of thousands of homeowners. During the Show, you can bid on your favorite house at the silent auction, with 100% of the proceeds being donated to the BISSELL Pet Foundation which directly helps homeless pets find a forever home.

Each year, 7-8 million cats and dogs find themselves in rescues and shelters. Bark Prize was created to raise awareness of the plight of these animals and support the organizations who are working tirelessly to find them homes and families.

The BISSELL Pet Foundation receives an overwhelming amount of requests for assistance, and with your support, they can help save even more animals in need.

Want to get involved? Contact us to inquire about sponsorship opportunities or to enter your dog house creation. Don’t chase your tail – the deadline to register your one-of-a kind dog house for a phenomenal cause and submit your sponsorship commitment is January 31. We hope to see you there!


12 Days of Giving and Winning with BISSELL Partners for Pets

In the spirit of the season, the BISSELL Pet Foundation and BISSELL Partners for Pets (P4P) have partnered to create a special Hope for the Holidays Facebook Contest – we’re giving away over $2,000 in amazing BISSELL product and $12,000 to help homeless pets.

Each day from December 9-20, we will be giving away a BISSELL product to one fan on the P4P Facebook page. To participate, fans need to simply answer the daily question, and they’ll be entered to win! Daily winners can then pick their favorite P4P member organization to receive a $1,000 gift from the BISSELL Pet Foundation. We always say Buy BISSELL, Save Pets, but during these 12 days, it is more like Win BISSELL, Save Pets!

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Many of you know that BISSELL Homecare, Inc. is a company dedicated to helping homeless pets in so many ways. Each year they have committed up to $250,000 in donations to the BISSELL Pet Foundation based on pet product sales. With the Partners for Pets program, BISSELL.com shoppers can designate this donation to their local shelter or rescue if they are a registered P4P member!

This program was designed by our Founder, Cathy Bissell, as a way to help the fundraising efforts of animal welfare organizations around the U.S. Groups dedicated to addressing pet overpopulation can easily register online. Not only will they receive a donation every time one of their supporters selects them when they buy on bissell.com, but they also receive one free BISSELL product annually to be used for their fundraising efforts. To learn more about how BISSELL is helping pets in need visit www.bissell.com/pets.