In 2011, tails were wagging everywhere when Cathy Bissell founded BPF as a natural extension of her love for animals and her commitment to their welfare.
BISSELL Pet Foundation exists to support animal welfare organizations and provide resources to underserved communities. This includes helping to reduce the number of animals in shelters and rescues through pet adoption, spay/neuter programs, vaccinations, microchipping, and crisis and disaster response.
Each year in North America, more than 6 million pets enter shelters, and nearly 1 million of them are euthanized. With your support, BPF can change the outlook for homeless dogs and cats until every pet has a home. The following pillars are the core areas that drive our numerous lifesaving programs and work:
Adoption is central to addressing pet homelessness. By sponsoring Empty the Shelters adoption events and bringing attention to the importance of adoption, we get pets out of shelters and into loving homes. Adoption saves lives.
Unplanned litters from unsterilized homeless pets, and even family pets, add to the overburdened shelters in our nation. By providing spay/neuter clinics, vaccinations, and proactive programs, we stop dogs and cats from multiplying. Sterilization gets to the root of the overpopulation problem.
We believe all pets should be microchipped and registered to help get reunited with their owners if lost. We provide thousands of microchips directly to our partners, and each pet we impact is required to have one. Microchips make sense.
Animal shelters face both human-made and natural disasters. During crises ranging from hurricanes to civil unrest and disease outbreaks to puppy mill raids, shelters know they can count on us to respond to their call. Emergency grant funding and The BPF National Shelter Alliance program will support shelters when disasters happen and help prepare them for the unexpected.