Lots of Happy Tail Wags for the Animal Adoption Center

A litter of unwanted puppies helped by the Animal Adoption Center. All have found wonderful homes!

A litter of unwanted puppies helped by the Animal Adoption Center. All             have found wonderful homes!

Pets bring so much joy to their owners; so, as owners, we want to make sure our pets get the best.  Unfortunately, some pet owners don’t have access to veterinary care for their furry friends. The BISSELL Pet Foundation was happy to award the Animal Adoption Center, a rescue and adoption organization in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with a $10,000 grant for their Spay/Neuter Wyoming program.  Funds were used to assist Native Americans with their pets on the Wind River Reservation which has no animal control department, veterinary clinic, or shelter.

The Spay/Neuter Wyoming Team

Spay/Neuter Wyoming Team

The BISSELL Pet Foundation grant provided spay/neuter surgeries and vet care for 264 animals on the reservation. They were also able to perform other necessary surgical procedures on cats and dogs in need. During the clinics, the Animal Adoption Center pulled eleven unwanted and stray dogs and admitted them to their rescue program. The dogs were all spayed/neutered, given vaccinations or vet care and successfully rehomed in the Jackson Hole area!

Russ Animal Adoption Center

Russ

One dog, Russ, was found living in the dump. He was eating trash to survive and was covered in fleas and infested with worms. They couldn’t resist his sweet nature and puppy dog eyes, and made a very quick decision to bring him back with them. Russ quickly found a loving and devoted home in Jackson! One night was all it took for them to know that he was the perfect addition to their family!

Russ and family animal adoption center

Russ and family

 

We are happy to report that thanks to you, our generous BPF donors and supporters, 264 animals on the reservation including Russ are living happier and healthier lives!

 

About the BISSELL Pet Foundation

Donate NowThe BISSELL Pet Foundation is a charitable 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to help reduce the number of animals in shelters and to support organizations dedicated to the humane care and treated of animals through pet adoption, spay/neuter programs, microchipping and foster care. Founded in 2011 by Cathy Bissell, the BISSELL Pet Foundation is an extension of her long-standing love for animals and commitment to their welfare. The foundation is supported to BISSELL Homecare, Inc., a 137-year-old Grand Rapids-based floor care appliance brand in its fourth generation of family leadership.


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!


Hop to Adopt: Bunnies Need Homes

Chestnut and Dancer Luv N Bunns

Chestnut and Dancer

As you know, there are thousands of dogs and cats up for adoption every day, but did you know that rabbits are available for adoption?

The BISSELL Pet Foundation recently partnered with the Luv-N-Bunns Rabbit Rescue of Broomall, Pennsylvania to help rabbits like Chestnut and Dancer.   Luv-N-Bunns Rabbit Rescue works to save abandoned rabbits from high kill shelters and hoarding situations.  They also educate and raise awareness about pet rabbits.

The BISSELL Pet Foundation awarded a grant of $500 to Luv-N-Bunns Rabit Rescue to support their spay/neuter program.  There is an ever-growing population of homeless and unwanted rabbits making spaying and neutering just as important for bunnies as it is for dogs and cats.  We are pleased to report that these funds prepared Chestnut and Dancer along with 4 other rabbits for adoption who have all found forever homes.

Blossom and Buttercup Luv N Buns

Luv-N-Bunns Rescued Rabbits

About the BISSELL Pet Foundation

Donate NowThe BISSELL Pet Foundation is a charitable 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to help reduce the number of animals in shelters and to support organizations dedicated to the humane care and treated of animals through pet adoption, spay/neuter programs, microchipping and foster care. Founded in 2011 by Cathy Bissell, the BISSELL Pet Foundation is an extension of her long-standing love for animals and commitment to their welfare. The foundation is supported to BISSELL Homecare, Inc., a 137-year-old Grand Rapids-based floor care appliance brand in its fourth generation of family leadership.

 



Introducing Jackie Finn, Friend and Superhero

Jackie Finn Grand Rapids BISSELL Pet Foundation ArtistOur team at the BISSELL Pet Foundation had the honor of spending the afternoon with up and coming artist, Jackie Finn. Jackie is special to us for many reasons. To name a few, she is a fellow animal lover, enjoys sunshine, and truly understands what it means to advocate for those who don’t have a voice and can’t speak up for themselves.

Jackie was born with Down syndrome, a chromosomal abnormality that causes an individual to have three copies of the 21st chromosome instead of two. We think her extra chromosome helped make her extra special and our superhero.

We first met Jackie at an event she hosted to showcase her artwork. We were blown away by her talent and marveled at her love of dogs. Our founder, Cathy Bissell, knew there was something magical about Jackie’s artwork and wanted to share it with our community. We commissioned Jackie to paint and design our 2014 BISSELL Blocktail Party thank you cards which went out to all of our vendors, sponsors and in-kind donors, a total list of about 250 different people and organizations.

When we called Jackie to let her know we wanted to purchase 250 of her cards, she said, “That would be cool. I can do that!”

Jackie Finn Grand Rapids BISSELL Pet Foundation Artist Blocktail Card

Jackie’s Blocktail Card

Purchasing her cards wasn’t enough for us. We wanted to get to know Jackie better and learn more about why she loved to paint dogs. So, we invited her to spend the day in our pet co-working area, the BISSELL Pet Spot, and help with an employee pet photo shoot. It took some time for Jackie to warm up to her new furry friends, but once she did, we saw a light shine through her eyes.

She went on to tell us that some of her best friends were pets. She spoke enthusiastically about a friend’s Golden Retriever, Zander, who passed away. Painting pets, affectionately known as her friends, gave her a voice to showcase her empathetic and caring heart. Jackie’s paintings have given her a platform to enter and win many art competitions, meet new people, and even start her own official card business.

We asked Jackie why she likes to paint, and she simply said, “Because it makes me happy.” Her answer was so humble and sweet, just like her personality.

When we reached out to pay for her wonderful service, Jackie blew us away with the generosity of her spirit. She decided to donate the cards to the BISSELL Pet Foundation! She delivered the Blocktail thank you cards herself to our office and they were more beautiful than we imagined.

She reminded us of what it truly means to be an advocate for the voiceless. For these reasons and more than we can write, Jackie is our superhero.

To learn more about Jackie and her art, please visit her Facebook page.

Interested in learning more about the BISSELL Pet Foundation? Visit our website at www.bissellpetfoundation.org.