BISSELL Pet Foundation Sheds Light on Spay/Neuter Surgeries!

acsdogAnimal Care Sanctuary is a no kill shelter with clinics located in East Smithfield and Wellsboro, PA. It strives to rescue, rehabilitate and adopt companion animals, provide continuing support for the people who care for them, and to advance the highest standards in animal welfare.  Before receiving a grant from the BISSELL Pet Foundation, veterinarians would perform the procedures in a dimly lit kitchen of a farmhouse with worn out clippers. The lighting was inadequate, causing the room to get extremely hot and the vet often got headaches from the extreme heat and poor lighting. This made spay/neuter surgeries last longer and with the decrease in efficiency, less animals were being spayed/neutered in a day. The BISSELL Pet Foundation grant enabled the purchase of a surgical spot light and cordless clippers for surgeries and veterinary care, and the sanctuary has expanded their services more often throughout the week. This allows more animals to be served. Animal Care Sanctuary was able to perform 611 spay/neuter surgeries and 432 clinic appointments with their new equipment!

acscat2One of the first animals spayed with the benefit of the new equipment was a little tailless cat named Pixie. The spay surgery was a great accomplishment for both Pixie and the sanctuary. Pixie was adopted by a woman named Diane, who has fostered many litters from the sanctuary before. She is always the first to adopt a senior or special needs cat and give them the life they deserve, so Pixie was in good hands. Unfortunately, Diane was diagnosed with lung cancer shortly after adopting Pixie, and the Animal Care Sanctuary team was at her side as she had been for them so many times before when a new litter was brought in to the sanctuary. They drove her to and from appointments, and she comes in to the sanctuary often for her “feline therapy.” Despite her setbacks, Diane has provided Pixie with a loving home, and Pixie was provided a second chance thanks to Animal Care Sanctuary and the help of the BISSELL Pet Foundation.


BISSELL Pet Foundation Helps Homeless Pets in Foster Care

Minnie the little pit bull & familyLollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester, has been helping animals and educating the public since 1873. As an organization with 90 staff members and more than 800 volunteers, they admit 11,000 neglected animals a year into their shelter. They provide a number of programs including adoption, spay/neuter, and a foster care program. A BISSELL Pet Foundation grant helped with the preventative veterinary care they provided to cats and dogs in foster care who needed special support. This funding made possible spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations, deworming, flea control and microchipping for 35 cats and 5 dogs.

Minnie the little pit bullA large amount of the animals admitted to Lollypop Farm are infants too young to be spayed or neutered; most of them are in need of medical attention and socialization. Lollypop farms has set up an extensive foster care program which socializes the dogs and ensures they are healthy and ready for their forever home. One puppy in particular has a very incredible success story thanks to help from the BISSELL Pet Foundation. Minnie is a small brindle Pit Bull puppy who was the runt of her litter. She was pushed away from her mom by her larger siblings and became very malnourished. She was brought to Lollypop farms and treated by the veterinarians and technicians who knew how to help get her strong and healthy. Because she was in such poor health, she needed round the clock care.  She slowly became stronger and began to put on weight within a few days she received a clean bill of health and was placed in a foster home. Soon, she was adopted by a very special family who renamed her Scooby Doo. She loves to swim, hike, and play with her new friends especially the family’s other dog who has become her best friend.


Save a Life Simply by Spay/Neutering!

PAWS Chicago feralsPAWS Chicago is an organization that works to save homeless pets from euthanasia. For years they have worked to raise public consciousness about homeless animals and animal overpopulation by educating the public on the homeless pet epidemic. They aim to target overpopulation by providing spay/neuter surgeries to animals they rescue and prepare them for adoption in a good home. PAWS Chicago has three adoption centers in the Chicago area, a spay/neuter clinic, and a training and foster care center. Their efforts have helped reduce the use of euthanasia in Chicago by more than 75%. With the help of a BISSELL Pet Foundation grant, PAWS Chicago was able to spay/neuter 173 additional feral cats including a rescued kitten named Cyndy Lou Hoo.

IMG_5290Cyndy, a volunteer for PAWS Chicago, was making her usual rounds one day to feed the outdoor cat colonies she watches over during her Trap Neuter Return program when she came across a tiny malnourished kitten. The kitten was scared of her, but too weak to run away. She was able to approach the kitten, put it in a carrier and bring it to PAWS along with five other feral cats she had trapped that day. The tiny kitten was barely able to move and was not eating the food they had provided. Cyndy was very worried that the sickly kitten wouldn’t survive, and she stayed in the PAWS waiting room throughout the kitten’s entire intake and exam. The veterinarian examined the kitten and was able to provide her all the medical care she needed thanks to the BISSELL Pet Foundation grant.  They named her Cyndy Lou after the dedicated volunteer who rescued her. Upon hearing the news of the kitten’s survival, volunteer Cyndy hugged everyone and exclaimed, “Woo Hoo!” At that moment, PAWS staff changed the kitten’s name to Cyndy Lou Hoo. Cyndy Lou Hoo was nursed back to full health and adopted the following month.


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

BISSELL Pet Foundation grant paves the way for more adoptions

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Poppy – Best Friends Animal Society

Recently, the BISSELL Pet Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to Best Friends Animal Society to offer free spay/neuter surgeries to area shelters and rescue groups. Best Friends’ used these funds to help close to 400 animals including Poppy. Click the link below to read more about Poppy’s story and the impact of this grant award.

Best Friends Animal Society – Supporting local shelters through spay/neuter