Register your

microchipSince 2011, the BISSELL Pet Foundation has awarded nearly $100,000 to microchipping programs at shelters and rescues across the country. A registered microchip can make a huge difference for lost pets or in case of emergency.  Not only do microchips act as a form of permanent identification in case a pet is ever lost, they also help quickly reunite lost pets with their owners, freeing up space in shelters for other pets.

The process of microchipping a pet is as simple as any routine shot. Unlike collars with tags or identifier tattoos, microchips are tamper-proof and cannot be moved because they are implanted underneath the pet’s skin.  However, it is important to understand what a microchip does and does not do:

A microchip is not a tracking device– The chip is only active when a scanner is run over it and the chip does not track the coordinates of your pet.

The chip does not store your contact information-When a scanner is run over a pet, it will detect whether or not there is a chip present underneath the animal’s skin. If a chip is present, the microchip’s identification number will appear and this number can be entered into a universal search database, like the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and traced back to an owner only if the chip has been fully registered.

microchip matrix

-A microchip can be registered under any brand with any registry PLUS you can register a chip in multiple registries- It is possible to register one microchip id under multiple registries.  This means that if a vet finds a microchip and they only use the microchip manufacturer’s registry to search for the id, they may miss the owner’s contact information.  The best available tool for vets and shelters is the AAHA universal lookup tool.  However, if the microchip manufacturer does not participate in the AAHA universal lookup tool there are no connections from one registry to another which means a shelter would need to reach out to each non-participating company individually to check the ids registration.

Not all scanners used to detect microchips are universal– In the US today, there are no set standards for microchip frequencies.  The ISO standard for microchips is 134.2kHz, but several microchip manufacturers still use 125kHz or 128kHz frequencies.  Non-universal scanners do not detect all frequencies and will miss certain chips.

FAF scanner Matrix

A registered microchip helps reunite lost pets with their owners, but it is not 100% guaranteed-It is important to always keep a collar with some form of identification on your pet and if your pet is lost, contact local shelters in your surrounding area and search for the animal.

We encourage everyone to check their microchip registry to make sure their contact information is up to date. The non-profit, Found Animals Foundation, has created an online registration for pet microchips that is 100% free. The system works both for pet owners and animal professionals to provide a free lifetime registration for microchipped pets. You can register your pet’s microchip for free here: If your pet is not chipped, head to your local vet or shelter today to chip your pet!


BPF Provides Adoption Support to Over 100 Pets



Friends of Michigan Animals Rescue has helped pets find loving homes since 2003. They are a non-profit rescue for dogs and cats that first began in a barn with the support of volunteers. Their mission is to protect animals and residents by providing a safe and healthy environment for all. By finding pets a forever home, they live out this mission statement each and every day.

The BISSELL Pet Foundation awarded a grant to the Friends of Michigan Animals Rescue to help support their Trap-Neuter-Release program for feral cats in their community by providing funds for spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations, and adoption support. Not only did they use the funds to help 100 stray cats in the community, but they also provided adoption support to find 5 dogs loving homes.

Bitsey FMARL


Two of the dogs who benefited from the BISSELL Pet Foundation grant are Bitsey and Bea. These two Hound mix sisters were brought to Friends of Michigan Animals Rescue from local animal control. They were very malnourished and needed to be treated for internal parasites. This grant provided spay surgeries, vaccinations, and microchipping for both of these special pups. They also received more love from volunteers than they could have ever imagined. Bitsey and Bea were both quickly adopted into loving homes and are doing wonderful with their new families.

Now accepting applications – BISSELL Pet Foundation Junior Board!

We are now accepting applications for the BISSELL Pet Foundation Junior Board, a young professional advisory committee.  We believe the delivery of our mission can be greatly enhanced by the involvement of young professionals with a passion for pets, shelters, and animal welfare organizations.  Please review the documents below; interviews will be held January, 2016.  Interested candidates should mail their resume and completed application to

BISSELL Pet Foundation Overview
Junior Board Application
Meet the 2015 BPF Junior Board!

BISSELL Pet Foundation Dollars at work

BPF Provides Support to Address Overpopulation

MatildaThe West Suburban Humane Society is a volunteer based, animal welfare organization which began as a lost and found referral service. They have now expanded into a full animal welfare facility that shelters homeless cats and dogs. The Society continues to reunite lost pets with their owners and works to find neglected pets their forever homes. Their goal is to end animal suffering and to reduce pet overpopulation in the community.

Each pet entering their shelter is spayed or neutered before they are put up for adoption.  These surgery costs add up with the large number of animals coming into the shelter each year. With the help of a grant from the BISSELL Pet Foundation, they were able to spay/neuter 200 dogs and 228 cats.

MatildaOne of the dogs helped by this grant is Matilda.  A beautiful brindled mastiff mix, she came to the West Suburban Humane Society after living on the street for many years. She was severely malnourished and had given birth to numerous litters. The grant from the BISSELL Pet Foundation funded her spay surgery so she will no longer have to bear another litter. She received specialized care and was able to make a full recovery. We are excited to share that she has been adopted into a loving forever home.

Fix It In the

An Amish man pulls a cart full of eight trapped barn cats passed the PetFix of Northeast Ohio mobile spay/neuter clinic at an Amish farm in Middlefield, Ohio on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008. The surgery date was part of a program called 'Fix It In The Farmland' - a low cost spay/neuter program of the Geauga Humane Society which is aimed at providing low cost surgeries for the pets of the county's rural population. Saturday's surgeries were the first performed on location at an Amish farm. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

(AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

Since 2013, the BISSELL Pet Foundation has awarded $15,000 to support a unique spay/neuter program in northeast Ohio.  The Geauga Humane Society’s Rescue Village has a proud history as a leading animal welfare organization.  In 2008, they launched the Fix It in the Farmland low-cost spay/neuter program targeting low-income community members in rural Geauga county. This program is the only Amish-focused spay/neuter program in the country.

The sizeable Amish community faces unique barriers to utilizing sterilization services for their pets.  Traveling by horse and buggy, many Amish have difficulty transporting their pets to heavily populated areas.  The mobile spay/neuter program has helped to address these issues by providing low cost surgeries which are easily accessible by community members.  Since its inception, the program has been a huge success providing education and spreading a greater understanding of pet health and humane population control.

fix it in the farmland

With a grant from the BISSELL Pet Foundation, the Fix It in the Farmland program provided 125 spay/neuter surgeries for both cats and dogs. One dog assisted by this grant was Lassie. Lassie’s owner, Mr. Miller, is from an Amish community in the area. He had scheduled her to be spayed at the November Fit It Clinic, but unfortunately on this day there was a huge snowstorm and the conditions were so dangerous Mr. Miller could not travel by horse and buggy. He rescheduled her surgery, but when Lassie arrived at the clinic she was found to be pregnant. Geauga Humane Society agreed to help him find good homes for all the puppies when they were born. A few months passed and Lassie delivered three healthy puppies. Lassie was brought to Rescue Village to be spayed and her puppies came along. They were soon put up for adoption and each one found its new happy home.