A Pixie Pup Adoption Story

A few months ago, we heard the news about a massive rescue operation taking place in Montcalm County Michigan.  An irresponsible breeder was busted for breaking several local ordinances by keeping 100+ puppies and dogs on her property.  She decided to surrender all of her dogs rather than face a citation. The BISSELL Pet Foundation responded quickly to the crisis allocating emergency grant funds to McCloud’s Lake Haven to provide for the sterilization, flea medication, and dental work for 58 pixie dogs.  McCloud’s Lake Haven sent us the following story from a family who adopted one of these rescued dogs.

Pixie’s Story

Pixie Lake Haven Rescue

Pixie

I recently started fostering for Lake Haven Rescue; it had been many years since I had done some fostering, so I decided to do it again.

Then, I met Pixie.  My second foster dog.  In fact, I was schedule to foster another dog, but Pixie was in need of a new foster right away.  The previous foster’s dog loved her so much that she wanted to play with her non-stop, which would haven been ok, but she was a much larger dog and they did not want this 2.5lb puppy to get hurt.  So Lake Haven (Lisa Portenga) called and asked if I could pick her up that night.

The absolute first moment I saw Pixie, I loved her.  Then, she stuck her little pink tongue out of her mouth and I was completely smitten.   We brought her home from the meeting spot at Petsmart.  The whole family fell in love with her right away.  Even my husband!

Earlier that day, I had to put my cat of ten years to sleep.  He had been suffering from cancer for a while and thought it was best to have him go to Heaven.  I had a huge empty spot in my heart.  Then came along Pixie!!

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Pixie

It was like she fit right into that empty spot perfectly! Trust me, there is not a day that goes by that I do not miss my cat, Cupcake.  But having her made my life much more bearable.

We already had two dogs of our own and we were not looking to add another.  The point of fostering is not to keep them, right?  Well, there was no way I wanted that little dog to leave my house!  The first time we tried to kennel her, she literally screamed and cried.  I couldn’t take it, so I slept on the couch with her the first night and vowed she never would be locked in a cage again.  She sleeps in bed with my husband and me.  His doing!

I know my husband could see the love we all had for her, so he called Cheryl and told him he wanted to adopt her for my Mother’s Day present.  I was already (reluctantly) scheduled to take here to Petsmart for the adoption event and even had a lady coming over to meet her.  Cheryl, Lisa, and my husband had to figure out a way for me not to get her adopted to someone else!  At one point, I did get very suspicious.  Pixie is officially mine!  What a wonderful Mother’s Day present! We also decided to keep her given name ‘Pixie’ to honor all of the ‘Pixie Pups’ that Lake Haven rescued.

So, I am happily, what they consider a ‘foster failure’.

– Lisa J

Donate NowAccording to the ASPCA, only 20-30% are adopted from rescues or shelters.  Five out of ten dogs in shelters are destroyed simply because there is no one to adopt them.  The BISSELL Pet Foundation is determined to change these statistics by providing support for adoption programs across the United States.  We are grateful to the many individual donors who provided the funds to help dogs like Pixie.  Your support helped save the lives of 58 pixie pups!

About the BISSELL Pet Foundation

The 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 by BISSELL Homecare, Inc., a 137-year-old Grand Rapids-based floor care appliance brand in its fourth generation of family leadership.


The Adoption of Lilly and Petunia

A few months ago, we heard the news about a massive rescue operation taking place in Montcalm County Michigan.  An irresponsible breeder was busted for breaking several local ordinances by keeping 100+ puppies and dogs on her property.  She decided to surrender all of her dogs rather than face a citation. The BISSELL Pet Foundation responded quickly to the crisis allocating emergency grant funds to McCloud’s Lake Haven to provide for the sterilization, flea medication, and dental work for 58 pixie dogs.  McCloud’s Lake Haven sent us the following story from a family who adopted two of these rescued dogs.

Lilly and Petunia’s Story

Pixie Pups Lilly and Petunia Lake Haven

Lilly and Petunia

After 13 years, we had to put our Bichon, Dilly down in March. We were all heartbroken about it. The next day, my parents saw on the news that over 100 animals were being taken in by Lake Haven Rescue, the pixies, and they immediately thought of adopting one even though it was very soon.  Although my mom had said that we wouldn’t get another dog for a while, my brother and I finally convinced her to go look at the dogs on a Saturday at Petsmart about three weeks later.

My brother immediately gravitated toward Eve, who is now Lilly, and my mom immediately pick up Haven, who is now Petunia, with no intention by my mom of bringing home two dogs.  They adopted Lilly, and Petunia was too young to go home that day, but they decided to adopt her as well.

I was at the University of Michigan, and my family video called me while I was in the library to show me Lilly.  I was so excited that I drove home to Whitehall from Ann Arbor that day to spend the weekend with her.  A few days later, they were able to bring Petunia home.  They fought and wrestled the first day, and soon enough they were sleeping together in the bed that Dilly used to occupy.  They are so small that they can both fit in it.

I came home from school for the summer a few weeks later, and our house was definitely not empty.  It was an overwhelmingly great feeling to give two dogs a home where they have many people coming in and out to see them, and when they are alone they have each other.  They spend their days playing and wrestling and then napping with us on the couch.  My cat, who is 19 years old, is indifferent to the puppies, but they lover her and attempt to play with her.

Petunia is growing fast, and she cries when she thinks she is going to be left alone without Lilly.  Lilly’s favorite toys are ping pong balls, and she likes being held like a baby.  They are so loving and we refer to them as our little ‘time wasters’ because of all the time we spend petting them and playing with them when we are busy because we just can’t help it.

Thank you for allowing our family to be complete.

-Marie D.

Donate NowAccording to the ASPCA, only 20-30% are adopted from rescues or shelters.  Five out of ten dogs in shelters are destroyed simply because there is no one to adopt them.  The BISSELL Pet Foundation is determined to change these statistics by providing support for adoption programs across the United States.  We are grateful to the many individual donors who provided the funds to help dogs like Lilly and Petunia.  Your support helped save the lives of 58 pixie pups!

About the BISSELL Pet Foundation

The 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 by BISSELL Homecare, Inc., a 137-year-old Grand Rapids-based floor care appliance brand in its fourth generation of family leadership.


Saving Lives Through Spay/Neuter

Chloe, Pauls Clinic

According to the ASPCA, every year 3-4 million rejected cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized in the U.S. These numbers are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying and neutering.  The BISSELL Pet Foundation is committed to funding spay/neuter efforts across the United States to help save homeless pets.

BUTTERSCOTCH, Pauls Clinic

We are happy to provide an update from one of our 2013 spay/neuter grant recipients, Pauls Clinic Inc. Short for Preventing All Unwanted Litters, Pauls Clinic has been providing spay neuter services to low-income individuals in Tennessee since 2005.Their mission is to prevent all unwanted litters and by doing so to reduce the number of animals euthanized in shelters and animal control facilities. Pauls Clinic operates in a rural area where many citizens let their pets roam freely increasing the chances of pets producing unwanted litters.  Those litters often are taken to animal control or abandoned in remote areas to fend for themselves. 

“This grant has such a positive impact on our spay/neuter assistance program. Most of the individuals we help can’t afford to take their pets to one of the local veterinarians and most likely would never have them fixed if our clinic was not here to help.” Villa Mitchell, President of Pauls Clinic

In December 2013, the BISSELL Pet Foundation awarded a $7,500 grant to provide spay/neuter services to low income individuals. The funds provided from the BISSELL Pet Foundation helped to sterilize 129 cats and 49 dogs like Chloe and Butterscotch.  Thanks to our generous donors and supporters the BISSELL Pet Foundation was able to support the spay/neuter of a total of 178 pets from low-income individuals! 

About the BISSELL Pet FoundationDonate Now

The 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.


Everything You Need to Know About the Partners for Pets Program

Partners for Pets Coopers Chance Animal Rescue
Cooper’s Chance Animal Rescue

What is Partners for Pets?

Partners for Pets is a BISSELL Pet Foundation program developed to assist animal welfare organizations all over the United States with their fundraising efforts. We help organizations in three ways:

1. Product Donation – participating shelters become eligible to receive one free product each year to raffle or auction

2. Giveaways – Get a chance to win up to $40,000 a year in giveaways and sweepstakes for your organization on the BISSELL Pet Foundation Facebook page.  Your supporters have the opportunity to win a product AND have funds donated to the Partners for Pets participating shelter of their choice.

Christmas in July Giveaway

3. Buy BISSELL, Save Pets – Participating organization can earn proceeds from purchases on bissell.com all year long. Let your supporters know that if they enter the ADOPT code at checkout they can designate part of the funds raised to your organizationbuy bissell save pets adopt code

How can my organization join?

To qualify, your organization must be recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit or a public (local government) animal welfare organization within the 50 United States. Only staff and board members can enroll an organization in the Partners for Pets program and your EIN number is required to join. Sign up using our online form.

How can I support my local shelter?like on facebook

About the BISSELL Pet Foundation

The 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 by BISSELL Homecare, Inc., a 137-year-old Grand Rapids-based floor care appliance brand in its fourth generation of family leadership.


A House is Not a Home Without the Love of a Pet

BISSELL recognizes that more people would consider adopting a pet if clean-up after them were easier. That is why they are committed to providing pet-inspired cleaning solutions for current and future pet parents in addition to their support of homeless pets through the BISSELL Pet Foundation (BPF) and the Partners for Pets (P4P) program.

P4P was developed to help animal welfare organizations across the country raise funds by receiving designated donations from BPF through bissell.com pet product purchases. As the program continues to grow, we want to provide even more exciting ways for P4P member organizations to engage with us to support their mission. That is why we are planning some very BIG sweepstakes and promotions that will combine pet clean-up solutions with increased donations to participating P4P members. We kicked-off this new initiative with the Simultaneous Spring Cleaning Sweepstakes on BPF’s Facebook page. For this contest, BISSELL gave away their newest innovation, a Symphony All-in-One Vacuum and Steam Mop. Additionally, the lucky winner was also able to choose a P4P member to receive a $1,000 donation from BPF.

“We so love the Bissell Pet Foundation for all you do. Thank you again!”
Kimberly Manoni – President, Paws Across Oswego County
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Photo Courtesy: Ellen Landphere

Ellen L. was the big winner of this fun contest and chose Paws Across Oswego County (PAOC) to receive the $1,000 donation. She adopted her beloved Bodie from the New York state rescue a little over a year ago. Bodie ended up at PAOC after he was picked up as a stray and spent over a month in a local animal shelter. We were thrilled to learn about how Bodie came to join Ellen’s family and how loved he is. You can learn more about Bodie’s story, straight from his mom’s mouth, below.

Not only has Ellen won a simultaneous clean for Bodie’s fur and muddy paw prints, with the $1,000 donation to PAOC, she is helping them save more dogs, just like Bodie, so they can find a loving home too. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to take advantage of our upcoming P4P exclusive sales and giveaways. Be sure to like us on Facebook where our next promotion will be posted. Together, we can create a second chance for pets across the country!

Meet Bodie
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Photo Courtesy: Ellen Landphere

After 12 wonderful years our fur child Teddy developed terrible seizures as a result of some neurological problems. It came on very suddenly in early December and we had to make the terrible choice (for us) to help him across the Rainbow Bridge. We were so devastated and said we wouldn’t be getting another pet for quite a while. After a very few short weeks, my husband and I found ourselves commenting that our house was totally too quiet (our kids are all grown and gone with their own families and pets) and it didn’t feel like “home” anymore… it was just a house.

In the meantime, a friend sent me a cute holiday message on Facebook, and it had a puppy on it. I clicked to enlarge the picture, and up popped a website for a local rescue group – Paws Across Oswego County. And – there on their page was the most handsome doggie… who looked like he could be the long lost brother of our Teddy (and oddly enough, his picture on my computer looked Brown – like our Ted – and as you can see, he is definitely not Brown). I am convinced it was a doggie guardian angel that knew we needed another fur child in our lives right then.

I was instantly obsessed, and even though my husband was reluctant we went to meet this dashing fellow. Needless to say, it was love at first sight. We went into the gym for a meet and greet, and even though he obviously was rambunctious and wanted to race about the room he still kept coming over to me for a pat, a snuggle or a run by kiss. Needless to say, three days later he was home with us.

We found out he had been picked up off the streets in a nearby small city and kept in the pound for about a month. They managed to locate his prior owner, who didn’t want to pay the fines to get him back!!!! He would have been headed for the ultimate worst fate – but along came Paws Across Oswego County to the rescue. They got him to the vet for neutering, a microchip and his shots and blood work. They also started treatment to get rid of an awful worm infestation and working on some manners and a bit of needed “calming down” of his energy.

The poor baby was just soooo skinny – his hip bones stuck out and you could see every rib. But he was still so good-natured and friendly! He was a bit rambunctious outdoors – as he came to our country home with a huge yard, 50 acres of mostly woodland and lots of deer, turkey, bunnies and squirrels (and birds at feeders) to keep his attention on “red alert”!!!

He has been with us a little over a year now and he has matured into a wonderful young man! He has really begun to “get it” when walking with Mom on the leash and behaving like a gentleman (most of the time). He is a perfect angel in the house, doesn’t chew – steal the laundry – or dismember the bedding any longer. He waits patiently at the door for his harness and leash (and for Mom to get ready to go out – which can be time consuming in Upstate NY winters!), obeys basic commands and is a great joy to have as part of our family. In the worst of “mud season” I set a small pot of warm water on the deck just by the door – after a romp in the yard he knows to step right over by the bucket so Mom can give each of his feet a good dunk and swish. Inside the kitchen is a waiting towel on the floor – which he steps right onto and waits for Mom to get off her muddy boots then come over to give the wet paws a wipe. Children and husbands rarely do so well!!

He helps Mom when she does her yoga, goes crazy for playing with a favorite toy in the snow (the deeper the better), loves to stretch and groan (sounds like an “old man” when he gets up in the morning) and his favorite sleep position is on his back with all four feet up in the air! He is not afraid of the vacuum cleaner – I actually have an attachment for dogs and he loves to be vacuumed!!!

His worst transgression at the moment seems to be hogging the bed – he seems to think he is letting us sleep on HIS bed! Of course, for quite some time we said his job all day was to keep our bed from floating away – and he has it down pat!

We are so lucky to have Bodie in our lives – he truly did bring LIFE back into our house and made it a home again!


Posted on April 17, 2014 in News