Pets Need Vets. Pets Need Food. WARL To The Rescue!

WARL cat treatmentAs a pet owner, the feeling of not being able to meet even the most basic needs can be heartbreaking. Luckily, for pet owners in D.C., Maryland and Virginia, the Washington Animal Rescue League (WARL) is able to help through a program called Project Rescue. WARL’s mission is to honor and strengthen the human-animal bond by providing the best quality care for homeless dogs and cats, and supporting companion animals in their homes through affordable veterinary care, community outreach, and education. Grant funding from the BISSELL Pet Foundation supported this project and directly impacted 115 food bank clients and approximately 150 income-qualified clients of WARL’s Medical Center providing assistance to more than 260 dogs and cats.

WARL pet foodWARL provides veterinary services at a discounted cost including appointments for sick animals, emergency/critical care, and general wellness. Its Medical Center is the only shelter-based, nonprofit, full-service animal hospital in the region providing comprehensive vet care to the pets of income-qualified clients at a discounted cost. In addition, the Medical Center provides free care for approximately 2,000 homeless shelter animals each year. It also hosts a permanent community pet food and supply bank and emergency sheltering to help families hold on to and care for their animal companions in difficult times. The Rescuers’ Food Bank collects donations of food, toys, and equipment for cats and dogs and distributes supplies to income-qualified clients free of charge.

The BISSELL Pet Foundation recognizes times can be hard for some pet owners, but their pets are more than just animals…they are part of the family. A total of more than 260 dogs and cats were positively impacted by WARL through a $4,000 grant from the BISSELL Pet Foundation. Keep up the good work, WARL!

About the BISSELL Pet Foundation

Donate Now Join UsThe 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.


Animal Friends: Keeping Animals Out of Shelters Before They are Born!

Animal Friends, a rescue group located in Pennsylvania, has a core mission to stop pet overpopulation and unwarranted euthanasia. They accomplish this through spay/neuter programs, outreach, education, therapeutic programming, and advocating on behalf of animals in crisis. Through the generous $2,000 contribution from the BISSELL Pet Foundation, Animal Friends was able to alter 40 of their adoptable animals – 20 dogs and 20 cats – ensuring more animals don’t end up in their shelter.

Taco

Taco in his new home

Taco was rescued from a hoarding situation. Unfortunately, his owner had not spayed or neutered any of their pets.  Taco saw his space and his portion of food get smaller and smaller as more and more kittens were born. When Animal Friends rescued Taco and his companions, they were fearful of people and nervous about new situations due to their lack of human contact, common in hoarding situations. When Taco and his companions came to Animal Friends, they were able to spay/neuter the cats which provided both health and behavioral benefits. Now, Taco no longer feels the need to roam to find a mate or spray to mark his territory. He doesn’t want to fight other male cats or feel aggression towards humans. He is now an adoptable cat without the negative behaviors of an unneutered male.

Just one unaltered female dog and her offspring can produce 97,000 puppies in only seven years. In this same time period, one female cat and her offspring can produce an incredible 420,000 kittens!1 With the $2,000 grant from the BISSELL Pet Foundation, Animal Friends will have prevented 40 dogs and cats from reproducing this overwhelming number of offspring in their lifetimes.

About the BISSELL Pet Foundation

Donate Now Join UsThe 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.

1.ASPCA, http://www.aspcapro.org/sites/pro/files/petfix-top-10-reasons.pdf , accessed January 29, 2015


Heartworms turn into heart“warming” adoptions for dogs!

The Florida based Friends of Jacksonville Animals (FOJA) works directly with Jacksonville’s Animal Care and Protective Services to benefit the lives of shelter animals.  The group focuses on fundraising to assist with medical care, enrich the shelter environment, promote adoptions, and reduce euthanasia. The BISSELL Pet Foundation knows how important it is to find all animals a forever home; through a $2,500 grant, FOJA was able to treat 45 cases of heartworm and adopt all of the treated dogs to loving homes!

FOJA dog heartwormOne of those loveable dogs was a three year-old female mixed breed dog who was surrendered to the shelter. The owners stated that they thought the dog might be pregnant. She certainly was pregnant, delivering her puppies the very next day! FOJA cared for the puppies and mom, and of course when they were old enough the puppies were quickly adopted…who can resist a cuddly puppy?! Unfortunately, the mother was found to be heartworm positive. Mom was treated at the shelter, cured and also adopted into her forever home!

The City of Jacksonville’s Animal Care and Protective Services is a last resort shelter. Some of the most difficult dogs to find home for are those who come to the shelter heartworm positive. Treatment is expensive and even though the dogs can be cured, most are not able to undertake the cost of treatment. Thanks to the grant from the BISSELL Pet Foundation, FOJA has been able to pay for the cost of the needed medication that the shelter is unable to afford. FOJA used the BISSELL Pet Foundation grant to purchase enough medication to cure 45 dogs at the shelter.  All of these treated dogs have since been adopted out into forever homes rather than facing euthanasia! High paws to all involved!

About the BISSELL Pet Foundation

Donate Now Join UsThe 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.


Partners for Pets Across the US

 

Did you know we partner with over 1,000 shelters across the United States through our Partners for Pets program?

Check out this interactive map to find partner organizations in your area:

Partners for Pets was developed to assist animal welfare organizations all over the United States with their fundraising efforts.  Interested in learning more? Check out this post discussing Everything You Need to Know about the Partners for Pets Program 


Independent Cat Society: A Saving Grace for Cats and Owners Alike

The Independent Cat Society is a non-profit, no-kill, feline shelter serving Northwest Indiana since 1977.  Their mission is to rescue, shelter, adopt, and promote spaying and neutering of cats. The Society helps to reduce pet overpopulation and educate the public while preventing animal cruelty and promoting responsible pet ownership and legislation.  The BISSELL Pet Foundation was happy to grant the Independent Cat Society $4,000 to fund spay/neuter initiatives and the Pets and their People Program, which helps owners keep their pets in their homes through many difficult circumstances.

In May 2014, a stray cat ICS named Emery Beignet, showed up in a wooded area with his eye severely injured, crying in pain. He was trapped and transported immediately to a veterinarian. He was examined and neutered in preparation for adoption; unfortunately, the veterinarian decided his eye had to be removed. Through all of this, he never once struck out at anyone, and his optimism and loving nature shone right through.  Emery was adopted and is living large in his new home where he is happy and loved.

Emery Beignet ICS

Emery before

Emery at home ICS BISSELL Pet Foundation

Emery at home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Olivia was a tiny, starving kitten with an eye injury that happened to find her way to Kristi’s door. Kristi reached out to the Independent Cat Society because, despite her job, supporting her mom and son meant there was little left to take care of a seriously injured stray.

Olivia ICS BISSELL PET foundatin

Olivia and family

Thanks to the BISSELL Pet Foundation; the Independent Cat Society was able to get this kitten to a partner veterinarian for care. Kristi wrote an email in appreciation stating:

“I can’t thank you enough for the help to save Olivia…you are truly angels for (all) you do. I can’t wait to bring her home so she will be a permanent part of our family and will never be without love or a home again. Can’t wait to be able to give back…”

“Can’t wait to give back…” That was the Independent Cat Society’s favorite part of her message; the promise of paying good things forward. The Society feels strongly this is what the BISSELL Pet Foundation does—keeps the promise of paying it forward.

Through the $4,000 grant, the Independent Cat Society was able to spay/neuter 100 more cats than the previous year (totaling 662 animals) and help seven other animals through the Pets and their People program, which included some major, lifesaving emergency surgeries.

About the BISSELL Pet Foundation

Donate Now Join UsThe 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.