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.


Helping to control the pet population one “SNIP” at a time!

CSNIP veteran with dog

This owner drove
3 hours and
waited all day
to have his pet
cared for at CSNIP

The Community Spay Neuter Initiative Partnership (C-SNIP) is a non-profit, charitable organization, providing high quality, high volume, low cost spay/neuter surgeries for dogs and cats.  They provide services to caretakers who are unable to afford full service veterinary clinic prices.  C-SNIP was chosen as a recipient of a $45,000 BISSELL Blocktail Party grant supporting spay/neuter services in the West Michigan community.  Since August 2014, the award has already aided over 1,200 cats and dogs!

One of the new innovations made possible by C-SNIP’s grant was the targeting of people in transition, specifically students, seniors and military veterans. C-SNIP staff met a veteran who hadn’t stood in a crowd in years, but jumped at the chance to do so to reduce the chance that his male dog would stray in search of a female in heat.

CSNIP Cat

This cute kitty belongs to the
senior mentioned; she made
sure he came with her to
assisted living!

Behind him in line was a college student who hung her head in shame when asked if her cat had a history of litters. She said with tears in her eyes that she had done her best to find good homes for the litter, but that she ended up surrendering one of the kittens. Just a couple of days later, staff carried in the cat of a senior using a cane. She could barely see or hear anymore, but she would move mountains to take her cat with her into assisted living. She was the first in line on her appointment day, and the first in line to pick up her cat the following day.

For years C-SNIP has been working to find new ways to reach those in the community most in need.  In this regard, Blocktail funding has been a game-changer.  When an owner is ready, they are there to help.   People no longer need to wait for a special promotion. This strategy has worked!  More than half of the 2014 Blocktail grant has gone to people with special circumstances outside of promotions and special rates. A total of 1,287 animals have already been spayed and neutered, including 405 dogs and 882 cats.

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.


What feels better than a nice Bath? A nice bath AND being adopted!

Castor Oyl before

Castor before

The Good Shepherd Humane Society is a no-kill shelter serving Carroll County, Arkansas. Animals who come through their doors stay there until they find a forever home, sometimes that can be days and sometimes that can be months.  Good Shepherd knows keeping the dogs and cats well groomed can help their chances of being adopted. Their policy is that all dogs (and many but not all cats) must be bathed upon admission. They also receive flea/tick medication as both are prevalent in the local community. The shelter reached out to the BISSELL Pet Foundation for help and received a grant to purchase a new grooming tub, grooming supplies, and flea/tick medicines.

One little Shih Tzu mix surrendered to the Good Shepherd Humane Society particularly benefitted from the BISSELL Pet Foundation award.  The people who surrendered him to the shelter coated him in motor oil leading him to affectionately being named “Castor Oyl”.

Castor after finding a loving home

Castor in his new home

Castor was a horrible mess; missing most of his hair, his owners assumed he had mange and used an old home remedy to try to cure it. Good Shepherd had to bathe him about three times in dishwashing liquid to get the oil off of his little body before they could even begin to treat him. Unfortunately, he had horrible flea dermatitis and a skin infection. He spent several days getting baths, first to get rid of the oil, then baths with oatmeal shampoo to soothe his skin.  Castor remained in the shelter two months before someone special scooped him up. What a difference a loving home has made in his appearance and health!

Thanks to a BISSELL Pet Foundation grant 1,030 animals like Castor Oyl were groomed and received flea/tick medication getting them one step closer to finding their new forever homes!

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.

 


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, 2015.  Interested candidates should mail their resume and completed application to info@bissellpetfoundation.org

BISSELL Pet Foundation Overview
Junior Board ApplicationBISSELL Pet Foundation Dollars at work