BISSELL Pet Foundation Helps Homeless Pets in Foster Care

Minnie the little pit bull & familyLollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester, has been helping animals and educating the public since 1873. As an organization with 90 staff members and more than 800 volunteers, they admit 11,000 neglected animals a year into their shelter. They provide a number of programs including adoption, spay/neuter, and a foster care program. A BISSELL Pet Foundation grant helped with the preventative veterinary care they provided to cats and dogs in foster care who needed special support. This funding made possible spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations, deworming, flea control and microchipping for 35 cats and 5 dogs.

Minnie the little pit bullA large amount of the animals admitted to Lollypop Farm are infants too young to be spayed or neutered; most of them are in need of medical attention and socialization. Lollypop farms has set up an extensive foster care program which socializes the dogs and ensures they are healthy and ready for their forever home. One puppy in particular has a very incredible success story thanks to help from the BISSELL Pet Foundation. Minnie is a small brindle Pit Bull puppy who was the runt of her litter. She was pushed away from her mom by her larger siblings and became very malnourished. She was brought to Lollypop farms and treated by the veterinarians and technicians who knew how to help get her strong and healthy. Because she was in such poor health, she needed round the clock care.  She slowly became stronger and began to put on weight within a few days she received a clean bill of health and was placed in a foster home. Soon, she was adopted by a very special family who renamed her Scooby Doo. She loves to swim, hike, and play with her new friends especially the family’s other dog who has become her best friend.


Save a Life Simply by Spay/Neutering!

PAWS Chicago feralsPAWS Chicago is an organization that works to save homeless pets from euthanasia. For years they have worked to raise public consciousness about homeless animals and animal overpopulation by educating the public on the homeless pet epidemic. They aim to target overpopulation by providing spay/neuter surgeries to animals they rescue and prepare them for adoption in a good home. PAWS Chicago has three adoption centers in the Chicago area, a spay/neuter clinic, and a training and foster care center. Their efforts have helped reduce the use of euthanasia in Chicago by more than 75%. With the help of a BISSELL Pet Foundation grant, PAWS Chicago was able to spay/neuter 173 additional feral cats including a rescued kitten named Cyndy Lou Hoo.

IMG_5290Cyndy, a volunteer for PAWS Chicago, was making her usual rounds one day to feed the outdoor cat colonies she watches over during her Trap Neuter Return program when she came across a tiny malnourished kitten. The kitten was scared of her, but too weak to run away. She was able to approach the kitten, put it in a carrier and bring it to PAWS along with five other feral cats she had trapped that day. The tiny kitten was barely able to move and was not eating the food they had provided. Cyndy was very worried that the sickly kitten wouldn’t survive, and she stayed in the PAWS waiting room throughout the kitten’s entire intake and exam. The veterinarian examined the kitten and was able to provide her all the medical care she needed thanks to the BISSELL Pet Foundation grant.  They named her Cyndy Lou after the dedicated volunteer who rescued her. Upon hearing the news of the kitten’s survival, volunteer Cyndy hugged everyone and exclaimed, “Woo Hoo!” At that moment, PAWS staff changed the kitten’s name to Cyndy Lou Hoo. Cyndy Lou Hoo was nursed back to full health and adopted the following month.


The 10th Annual BISSELL Blocktail Party Surpasses Fundraising Goal Raising $500,000 to Help Save Pets in West Michigan

Blocktail partyIn its 10th and most successful year, the BISSELL Blocktail Party continues to be the BEST DOG-GONE Party in town. On June 9, 2015, upwards of 900 party goers and their four-legged friends convened on the lawn of Mangiamo!. Thanks to beautiful sunshine and great weather, the party was a smashing hit raising half a million dollars to support the BISSELL Pet Foundation.

“The stars aligned for us this year,” said Cathy Bissell, founder of the BISSELL Pet Foundation and creator of the BISSELL Blocktail Party. “We had the perfect storm without the storm. We knew we wanted to raise more money, but never imagined we would double funds raised from last year.  We could not have done it without the amazing support from our volunteers and most importantly our community!”

The record-breaking party evening went to the dogs in so many ways. Pooches dined on tasty yappetizers, drank from over-sized dog bowls and posed for pictures with their much taller best friends. Mangiamo!, the gracious host of the event and avid community partner, was transformed into a pet paradise by Grand Rapid’s top designers. Event participants were treated to caricatures of their pets drawn by local 2010 ArtPrize winner, Chris LaPorte, and were in invited to bid on one-of-a-kind silent auction items.

The Blocktail committee contribute much of the event’s success to the many generous sponsors. Top sponsors kicked off their Sunday shoes and were treated to a special private concert with a celebrity guest band at the VIP Sponsor Party on June 8. The Blocktail Eve evening raised nearly $60,000 of total funds during its live auction.

“This event has been part of our community for 10 years and we hope we can show a significant reduction in the number of pets in need of homes in the next 10 years,” said Heather Garbaty, co-chair. “Everyone who attended the party or supported our cause came through to make a difference for pets. That’s why this party is so special.

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Posted on June 15, 2015 in Events

BISSELL Pet Foundation grant paves the way for more adoptions

Poppy Sue Best Friends

Poppy – Best Friends Animal Society

Recently, the BISSELL Pet Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to Best Friends Animal Society to offer free spay/neuter surgeries to area shelters and rescue groups. Best Friends’ used these funds to help close to 400 animals including Poppy. Click the link below to read more about Poppy’s story and the impact of this grant award.

Best Friends Animal Society – Supporting local shelters through spay/neuter


Routine Veterinary Care Can Save A Life!

Butch Rescue Me Clifford

Butch – Rescue ME Clifford

When deciding to adopt a pet, it’s important to remember to budget the costs of caring for that pet. Like humans, animals need routine medical care to keep them happy and healthy. It isn’t always inexpensive, but it’s important to keep your pet up to date on shots and vaccinations to avoid serious health issues in the future. All too often dogs are found neglected and with little to no veterinary care. Rescue ME Clifford helps save these animals by providing shelter and medical treatment to get them ready for a new home.

Rescue Me Clifford located in East Central, Illinois is dedicated to saving the lives of dogs who are at high risk of being euthanized. When a dog is identified as being at risk, Rescue ME Clifford provides their best efforts to tend to the dog’s needs. They provide veterinary care such as vaccinations, tests, spay/neuter and even surgeries in severe cases. They also find good foster homes for the animals until they are healthy enough to be adopted by a loving family. These procedures are very important to the well-being of dogs, but the costs add up. With the help of a grant from the BISSELL Pet Foundation, Rescue ME Clifford was able to provide medical care for 18 dogs that needed immediate veterinary attention and prepare them for the life they have always deserved.

Aspen - Rescue ME Clifford

Aspen – Rescue ME Clifford

One of the dogs who received medical care was originally found running down a major highway in Illinois. The Vice President of Rescue ME Clifford noticed the dog, pulled over, opened her car door and the dog jumped right in. She immediately took him to the vet and called the local animal shelter to see if anyone had been searching for him. Aspen, as he is now known, wasn’t claimed after seven days and became a Rescue ME Clifford dog. Unfortunately, he needed significant veterinary treatment. He suffered from hip issues, needed to be updated on all his shots, receive vaccinations, and be heart-worm tested. With the BISSELL Pet Foundation grant, Rescue ME Clifford was able to provide Aspen the surgery he needed to nurse him back to full health and prepare him for adoption.

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 138-year-old Grand Rapids-based floor care appliance brand in its fourth generation of family leadership