Cat’s Cradle of the Shenandoah Valley’s mission is to ensure and maintain a safe, compassionate community for pets. They provide spay/neuter assistance for low-income citizens, TNR assistance for community cat colony care-takers, foster and adoption for cats and rehoming assistance to different counties in Virginia. BISSELL Pet Foundation stepped in to help Cat’s Cradle fulfill their mission of reducing pet overpopulation and outreach to low and middle income cat owners in the community.
The grant funds helped reduce owner surrender of healthy pets by spaying/neutering and providing rabies vaccinations to 87 community-owned cats and kittens. The funds also helped to rescue and place 86 foster cats into forever homes. In total, the BISSELL Pet Foundation grant helped over 170 cats and kittens.
One of the cats helped by BISSELL Pet Foundation was Tinsel. She was named Tinsel because she was rescued from alongside the road on a very cold day in December during the Christmas season. She had injured her back and the pain prevented her from walking. With the funds provided by the grant, Cat’s Cradle was able to rescue her and provide her with acupuncture and other care necessary to nurse her back to full health. She is in foster care now and making progress every day. She will soon be put up for adoption to look for her forever home.
BISSELL Pet Foundation awarded the Ionia County Animal Shelter a grant that provided the funds necessary for the shelter to take in stray and unwanted cats and kittens, provide medical attention and then allow them to be adopted free of charge. By providing these free adoptions, the shelter was able to move the cats and kittens through the shelter quickly, so they could turn around and take in even more from the community. These free adoptions kept cats and kittens in the shelter for a shorter period of time leading to lower stress levels and healthier outcomes. The happier the cat, the easier it is to find a home and this grant has provided over 130 cats with a happy home to date!
Two cats that found a loving home thanks to BISSELL Pet Foundation grant are Dewy and Mouse. These two brothers were surrendered by their owner who was moving away and could not take them along with her. They were taken in to the shelter and provided with all the medical care necessary to prepare them for adoption.
One day, a family came in to the shelter to add a furry member to their household. They adopted Dewey and by the time they got home they felt so bad that they had not adopted his brother too. They went back to the shelter a few days later and adopted Mouse, who was very happy to be reunited with his brother. Thanks to the BISSELL Pet Foundation grant, the Ionia County Animal Shelter was able to provide free adoptions to give two brothers their forever home together.
The BISSELL Pet Foundation recently provided a grant to the SPCA of Texas to assist with providing medical attention to all pets brought in through the Animal Cruelty Unit. The SPCA of Texas focuses on the North Central Texas area operating two shelters and three spay/neuter clinics to serve the community and their pets. They offer educational programs, vaccination clinics and work to enrich the lives of people and pets together.
Phoenix was one of the very special dogs saved with the help of the BISSELL Pet Foundation grant. He was found trapped under a porch with significant scar tissue, massive burns running down his shoulders and back. He was severely malnourished and in desperate need of immediate medical attention. SPCA of Texas worked with the Dallas District Attorney’s office to seize him that same day. For three months, the animal care staff spent countless hours nursing him back to good health with hydrotherapy baths, a nutritious diet and lots of loving attention. The moment he was put up for adoption, he quickly found a loving home. Phoenix was such a hit at the shelter that his new family created his own Facebook page, so that people could follow his progress in his new home!
Since 1998, Vicky’s Pet Connection has been providing care to homeless and abandoned cats and dogs in the community. They are a volunteer-run rescue focusing on animals from overcrowded animal shelters with priority being given to cats, senior dogs and “special needs” animals. Providing spay/neuter surgeries, foster-care, adoption support and vaccinations is very expensive, especially for a volunteer-run organization, so the BISSELL Pet Foundation stepped in to help support the pets of Vicky’s Pet Connection. A BISSELL Blocktail Party grant helped fund a number of programs that helped to save 353 pet’s lives.
Affordable Feline Fund
Clara and Cassie
Providing healthy, spayed/neutered adoptable cats at affordable prices is critical to addressing the cat overpopulation crisis. BISSELL Pet Foundation funds were used to defray the cost of care for the more than 300 cats Vicky’s Pet Connection cared for including routine medication, food, litter, vaccinations, and spay/neuter surgeries. Clara and Cassie are two of the many lucky cats who were adopted together this year. Having affordable feline adoption fees makes more of these ‘double adoptions’ possible for adoptive families!
Funds were also awarded to support Vicky’s Pet Connection’s Golden Paws program providing life-saving assistance to senior shelter pets in need of extra assistance. The Golden Paws program provided 28 senior pets the opportunity to find a loving family with which to share their golden years. One of these seniors is a sweet dog named Nena. Nena is a Maltese mix who was languishing in the local animal shelter where adopters seemed to be discouraged by her age. She also had an obvious eye condition, but with the funds from the grant, she was able to visit a veterinary ophthalmologist to diagnose what turned out to be a benign eye issue. The advanced veterinary care she received through the Golden Paws program helped ensure potential adopters that she was in good, stable health and was highly adoptable.
Buddy’s Big Fix Fund
Buddy’s Big Fix Fund is a program which provides for the non-routine, more complex medical care which might be required by an animal prior to adoption. Overall, the suffering of 25 animals was reduced or eliminated thanks to the grant money provided by the BISSELL Pet Foundation. Casey was one of the animals who received treatment. He suffered some of the worst dental issues that Vicky’s volunteers had ever seen. He was in so much pain that he was not able to eat. With a visit to a veterinary dental specialist, Casey had 16 teeth removed and his advanced dental disease treated. After receiving this care, Casey’s foster mom saw immediate improvement in his ability to eat and his overall temperament. He has now made a full recovery and found a loving family to call his own
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital’s Pediatric Program and West Michigan Therapy Dogs will be recipients of funds raised at the BISSELL Howl-O-Ween Hoof and Woof, along with the BISSELL Pet Foundation. Mary Free Bed is a not-for-profit, nationally accredited rehabilitation hospital. For 124 years, Mary Free Bed has restored hope and freedom through rehabilitation for children and adults who have experienced brain injuries, strokes, spinal cord injuries, multiple traumas, amputations, cancer and other conditions. The combination of comprehensive services and an exclusive focus on rehabilitation enables specialty physicians and staff to help patients achieve outstanding clinical results. West Michigan Therapy Dogs is a non-profit therapy dog organization of volunteers providing the western region of Michigan with Animal Assisted Activities (AAA) and Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) since 2001.
These two organizations mirror the mission of the BISSELL Pet Foundation, as they work together to better the lives of both children and animals. Through their partnership, dogs trained by West Michigan Therapy Dogs work with children being treated at the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital through both animal assisted activities and animal assisted therapy. Animal assisted activities are used to lift spirits and be a source of encouragement while animal assisted therapy is used to set specific treatment guidelines and promote improvement in the patient’s life.
Join us at Gainey Field on October 24th from 12pm-3pm to support these wonderful organizations. There will be a games, food, prizes and a lot of candy! Attendees can dress in costume to be entered into the costume contest along with their furry friends. It will be a day of full of fun for the entire family to support great causes.
Check out this great video about the event from Meijer: