Suncoast Basset Rescue Reminds Us that Foster Care Saves Lives!

Maise SBRSuncoast Basset Rescue is a volunteer-based foster network which works to save Basset Hounds from abuse, abandonment, and neglect. Most of their rescues are senior hounds which often require a great deal of costly medical treatment. Through a BISSELL Pet Foundation Grant, Suncoast Basset Rescue was able to place six neglected, senior Basset Hounds in foster care and provide medical treatment.

One lucky dog was rescued by Suncoast Basset Rescue after being found roaming the side of a busy highway in Orlando, Florida. Maise, an 11 year old Basset Hound was saved from the dangerous traffic and taken to the nearest veterinary clinic. The pressure in both of Maise’s eyes was off the charts and she needed surgery as soon as possible. The BISSELL Pet Foundation grant provided Maise with necessary medical attention.  A loving foster home took her in and she eventually had surgery to remove both of her eyes. A year later, Maise is very active and gets around perfectly, thanks to her keen sense of hound smell!

Sadly, many shelters do not have the resources required to tend to the needs of senior and ill pets which is why organizations like Suncoast Basset Rescue are so important.  By providing needed care and a temporary home for dogs like Maise, foster networks are able to free up much needed space in shelters saving even more lives!

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


No Shortage in Spreading Love and Hope

Christmas in JulyWhen it comes to sharing stories about their pets, our BISSELL Pet Foundation Facebook followers aren’t shy by any means. Our giving and winning campaigns, Christmas in July and Hope for the Holiday, not only showcase stories of pet owners and their furry friends, but also give our followers a chance to win an amazing BISSELL product. The best part is winners are able to choose a BISSELL Partners for Pets organization close to their heart to be the recipient of a $1,000 donation from the BISSELL Pet Foundation! Below are the lucky selected organizations that were able to bring more hope to their pets in 2014.

Christmas in July Winners:

Don’t Bully Me Rescue, Lago Vista, TX
Stray Animal Adoption Program (SAAP), Highland Heights, KY
Tri-County Animal Rescue Center, Shippenville, PA
Women’s Humane Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals, Bensalem, PA
Paws To Love Me, Bella Vista, AR
Rikki’s Refuge, Rapidan, VA
Austin Humane Society, Austin, TX

Hope for the Holiday winners:

Animal Aid For Vermilion Area, Abbeville, LA (2 time winner)
Ohio Pug Rescue, Inc., Columbus, OH
Waggin’ Tails Dog Rescue, West Bloomfield, MI
Jacksonville Humane Society, Jacksonville, FL
Michigan Animal Rescue League, Pontiac, MI
Fairy Tail Endings, Inc., Sarasota, FL
Southern States Rescued Rottweilers, Inc., Calhoun, LA
Carolina Boxer Rescue, Hempstead, NC (2 time winner)
White River Humane Society, Bedford, IN
German Shepherd Rescue Of Orange County, Newport Beach, CA

Thank you to all of our BISSELL Pet Foundation Facebook fans for participating in our campaigns, supporting our BISSELL Partners for Pets members, and most of all, for giving pets another chance at a forever home!


Catoosa Citizens for Animal Care Promotes Spay/Neuter Efforts!

The Catoosa Citizens for Animal Care works to reduce the number of adoptable pets euthanized in county shelters and promote the humane treatment of animals through responsible pet ownership. They focus on helping connect animals to loving homes, and reducing animal overpopulation through spay/neuter programs. Through a BISSELL Pet Foundation Grant, the Catoosa Citizens for Animal Care were able to spay/neuter 75 pets within the community.

January Catoosa Citizens for Animal CareOne cat in particular was fully nursed back to health after being neglected thanks to the BISSELL Pet Foundation’s support. January is a solid white cat who lost all of her hearing. Sadly, she was abandoned by her owners when they moved. They left her to survive in the cold outdoors even though she had known nothing but the comfort of a home her entire life. When she was found, she had a serious wound on her back, possibly from an animal attack.  After several tests, it was discovered that she was having a serious allergic reaction, possibly to the saliva of the animal that attacked her. She was in need of immediate medical attention and required steroids to heal. The Catoosa Citizens for Animal Care spayed January and provided all other vetting care.  Luckily, she regained her full health and was adopted into a loving forever home.

The Catoosa Citizens for Animal Care found that one of the largest costs they incur is spay/neuter costs. Without the support of grants, the Catoosa Citizens for Animal Care would not be able to continue their foster/adoption program. With funding made possible from the BISSELL Pet Foundation, the Catoosa Citizens for Animal Care plans to save even more pets in 2015.

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


Choose to
Chip!

The Humane Society of Greater Dayton aims to build loving and lasting relationships between people and their pets. When a pet is microchipped, it helps the organization ensure that if the animal is lost and brought to a shelter the pet and its owner have a higher success rate of being reunited. Through a BISSELL Pet Foundation grant, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton was able to administer 315 microchips in the community—247 dogs and 68 cats.

Humane Society of Greater Dayton microchipOne gentleman was able to take advantage of the microchipping grant and adopt at the same time.  Initially, the man was reluctant when a tenant called to ask if he could take care of a kitten found stuck in a tree on his property.  His cat recently passed away and he was not sure if he would be up for the challenge.  However, within a few days, the cat became part of his family. He took the proper precautions and took the kitten to the Humane Society of Greater Dayton to have him neutered.  With funds from the BISSELL Pet Foundation grant he was able to have the kitten microchipped at no charge! He now knows that if his cat gets lost, they have a greater chance of being reunited!

The Humane Society of Greater Dayton found that there is a great need for microchips in the area it serves.  The microchips administered at the shelter touched countless lives, both animals and people—315 to be exact. Thanks to funding from the BISSELL Pet Foundation, if these pets ever become lost they will not end up in a shelter missing their home.  Instead, they will be quickly reunited with their loving families! It’s a win-win for everyone!

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


The Golden
Years

Sissy Adopt A Golden AtlantaWithin a lifetime, we all hope to retire, relax and enjoy the “Golden years” of our life. Unfortunately, this is not the case for thousands of pets. Each year, many owners surrender senior pets to shelters because their pet is no longer cute and cuddly, is too expensive, or is just too much work. Adopt a Golden Atlanta rescues senior dogs and helps foster them back to health so they can enjoy the “Golden years” of their life.

A volunteer, nonprofit organization, Adopt A Golden Atlanta, is dedicated to finding warm, loving, permanent homes for Golden Retrievers in order to prevent them from becoming strays or adding to the shelter overpopulation.  They rescue dogs from all across the United States, from Texas to New York City primarily focusing on rescuing Goldens from the Southern States including Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, North and South Carolina.  Often times it is difficult to finance the medical needs of these rescues, but with a grant from the BISSELL Pet Foundation, they have been able to nurse many back to health so they can find the perfect home.

chipChip is a ten year old Golden who was given up after his owner’s divorce.  After moving in with relatives who were unable to keep pets, his owner sadly decided to surrender him to Adopt A Golden Atlanta. Chip was in need of some serious medical attention including dental surgeries and treatment for a bacterial infection.   With support from the BISSELL Pet Foundation, Chip was able to receive all the medical attention he needed. Adopt a Golden Atlanta has provided a great place for him to recover.  He is now happy, healthy and ready to find the perfect home to retire in.

Four senior Golden Retrievers surrendered by their owners have received treatment through a $4,000 grant from the BISSELL Pet Foundation. Without the BISSELL Pet Foundation’s support and Adopt A Golden Atlanta’s efforts, these dogs likely would have been euthanized by local county shelters.  By working together, Chip and three other adorable senior Golden Retrievers’ lives were saved!

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