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Cathy and her four dogs

Our Story

In 2011, tails were wagging everywhere when Cathy Bissell founded BISSELL Pet Foundation as a natural extension of her love for animals and her commitment to their welfare.

The foundation’s goal is to help reduce the number of animals in shelters and rescues and to find a loving home for every pet. With the help of our generous supporters, BPF has awarded millions of dollars to our growing partner network of animal welfare organizations and has impacted the lives of an incalculable number of pets. Together we are saving lives in all 50 states and Canada.

In 2008, the adoption of her black lab, Bear, changed Cathy’s life. Bear was the first pet she had ever adopted. He came from the local Humane Society and was 6 years old. His family gave him up because they got a new puppy and didn’t have time for him. Bear was a gorgeous, regal and gentle dog who fit in beautifully with her family, including her other dogs and a cat.

Cathy’s biggest regret is that she didn’t adopt sooner, but she knows that there is always one pet that changes you and makes a difference. Since Cathy can’t bring all pets in shelters home, starting BISSELL Pet Foundation was the next best thing to help homeless pets everywhere.

Cathy urges everyone reading this to open their hearts and adopt a shelter pet. It isn’t too late to give a pet a second chance. It will change you forever.

black lab named bear