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November 12, 2023 News

2023 Impact Report

As animal lovers and advocates, we at BISSELL Pet Foundation believe every pet deserves a happy and secure life, and we know you do too.

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January 29, 2024 Newsletter

The Dish

BISSELL Pet Foundation's Animal Incident Management (AIM) was contacted regarding a failed “rescue” in Arkansas that could no longer

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January 24, 2024 News

Meet the 2024 Junior Board of Directors!

Get to know BISSELL Pet Foundation's 2024 Junior Board of Directors!

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January 22, 2024 Cathy’s Blog

Choose Animal Shelters in 2024

Cathy Bissell encourages animal shelters and the community to make critical choices in 2024 to save the lives of pets.

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December 19, 2023 Newsletter

The Dish

We’ve just wrapped up our Empty the Shelters Holiday Hope event, and one of the many stories that captured our hearts was of former BPF Grateful Pet, Faith

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November 27, 2023 News

Eric Thompson: Animal Incident Management Deployment in Maui

It was August 8, 2023, when the island of Maui experienced its most catastrophic wildland fire in history. As with all disasters and times of crises where people are impacted, pets and animals also find themselves at the forefront of the tragedy.

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November 26, 2023

Why donate to BISSELL Pet Foundation?

Although my last name is Bissell, the need is greater than one person, one family or one company. BISSELL Pet Foundation’s programs are vital in the animal sheltering industry, the demand continues to increase every year and always outpaces our funding.

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November 12, 2023 News

2023 Impact Report

As animal lovers and advocates, we at BISSELL Pet Foundation believe every pet deserves a happy and secure life, and we know you do too.

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October 25, 2023 Newsletter

The Dish

In the first week of October, BISSELL Pet Foundation’s Animal Incident Management (AIM) team was on the ground in Missouri supporting National Mill Dog

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October 13, 2023 Cathy’s Blog

Animal Incident Management is Collaborating to Save Lives

Cathy Bissell shares insights on the lifesaving impact of BISSELL Pet Foundation's Animal Incident Management initiative.

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September 20, 2023 Press Releases

Fall National Empty the Shelters Event Aims to Save Lives Amidst Overcrowding Crisis in U.S. Animal Shelters

Two national leaders join forces to save lives during the largest funded adoption event of the summer

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September 19, 2023 Newsletter

The Dish

Do you remember Hope? Hope was left for dead and found by St. Landry Parish Animal Control in May. She had been shot with BBs, her ears were cut off, she had a broken jaw...

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August 29, 2023 Updates

Breaking News: BPF Assists with Iowa Puppy Mill Seizure

BISSELL Pet Foundation’s Animal Incident Management (AIM) team was called to action again on Monday to help 120 dogs from a suspected puppy mill.

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August 28, 2023 Updates

Happening Now: Crisis & Disaster Response for Pets in Needs

As you may know, BISSELL Pet Foundation's Executive Director of Disaster & Field Response, Eric Thompson, was recently on the ground in Maui,

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August 22, 2023 Newsletter

The Dish

Good news! Many of the 70 dogs who were part of the horrific Mississippi cruelty case have been placed with trusted BISSELL Pet Foundation shelter and rescue partners and will soon be available for adoption!

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August 17, 2023 Updates

Urgent Update From Maui

BISSELL Pet Foundation’s Animal Incident Management (AIM) team received an urgent call pleading for help – this time from the Island of Maui.    

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August 8, 2023 Press Releases

BISSELL Pet Foundation Sets New Adoption Record During Summer National Empty the Shelters

An average of 1,225 pets were adopted each day of the nation’s largest funded adoption event.

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August 1, 2023 Updates

Mississippi Case Update

As you know, BISSELL Pet Foundation’s Animal Incident Management team partnered with Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) in mid-July to save approximately 70 dogs who were left to slowly suffer and die across two properties owned by a failed “rescue” in Mississippi...

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July 25, 2023 Newsletter

The Dish

When disastrous flooding overwhelmed Vermont two weeks ago, BPF took immediate action to transport pets. Because Montpelier was already underwater and the reservoir above it was expected to breach, there were concerns about the flooded area dramatically expanding. The nearby Central Vermont Humane Society staff was still able to care for pets in their shelter; however,

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July 17, 2023 Updates

BPF Saves 70 Dogs in Cruelty Case

Approximately 70 dogs were left to slowly suffer and die across two properties owned by a failed “rescue” in Mississippi.

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July 17, 2023 Press Releases

BISSELL Pet Foundation Saves More Than 70 Dogs From a “Rescuer” in Central Mississippi

BISSELL Pet Foundation provides lifesaving assistance in large-scale animal cruelty case

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June 27, 2023 Newsletter

The Dish

Last week, BISSELL Pet Foundation's Animal Incident Management (AIM) team and other animal welfare experts were on the ground in Missouri coordinating the care for more than 240 dogs after authorities pressured a large-scale puppy mill breeder to shut down and a separate commercial breeder went out of business. BPF partnered with National Mill Dog Rescue to save the dogs, many of which were living in unsafe, crowded conditions and have medical issues resulting from lack of care.

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June 27, 2023 Cathy’s Blog

Giving Second Chances to 240+ Dogs Through BPF’s Animal Incident Management Program

Cathy shares details of BPF's Animal Incident Management team's recent mission in Missouri.

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June 22, 2023 Press Releases

BISSELL Pet Foundation Partners with MetLife Pet Insurance for Summer National Empty the Shelters July 6-31

Two national leaders join forces to save lives during the largest funded adoption event of the summer

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June 20, 2023 Updates

Happening Now: BPF on the ground for puppy mill rescue

Today, BISSELL Pet Foundation's Animal Incident Management team and other animal welfare experts are on the ground to assist with the rescue of more than 225 dogs after authorities

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June 1, 2023 Press Releases

Nearly 18,000 Pets Found Loving Homes through Largest-Ever “Empty the Shelters”

From May 1-15, 2023, more than 350 shelters in 45 states will reduce adoption fees thanks to BISSELL Pet Foundation and Dogtopia.

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May 23, 2023 Newsletter

The Dish

BISSELL Pet Foundation's Empty the Shelters (ETS) events are proven to help pets find loving homes, including those who have experienced long stays of months or even years. Our most recent ETS event in partnership with Dogtopia resulted in thousands of happy tails!

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May 17, 2023 Cathy’s Blog

The Compassion Fatigue Crisis in Our Nation’s Animal Shelters

Cathy passionately shares her concerns about certain animal welfare practices.

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April 26, 2023 Updates

BPF provides free vaccines to hundreds of community pets in Louisiana

Last weekend, the BISSELL Pet Foundation team and our dedicated partners were on the ground in Opelousas, Louisiana, where we touched the lives of hundreds of community pets by providing a free vaccine clinic

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April 17, 2023 Newsletter

The Dish

We have exciting news to share! BISSELL Pet Foundation is teaming up with Dogtopia for our first national Empty the Shelters event in 2023 from May 1-15!

Empty the Shelters Spring National 2023
April 17, 2023 Press Releases

BISSELL Pet Foundation and Dogtopia Team Up to “Empty the Shelters”

From May 1-15, 2023, more than 350 shelters in 45 states will reduce adoption fees thanks to BISSELL Pet Foundation and Dogtopia.

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March 22, 2023 Newsletter

The Dish

So many happy tails came from BPF's Empty the Shelters-Adopt Your Valentine event, but one story stood out—after 550 days of waiting, Daphne finally found a loving home.

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March 16, 2023 Updates

BPF flies surrendered commercial breeding dogs to second chances

Thanks to your generosity, 70 dogs rescued from commercial breeders caught their freedom flight on March 1.

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March 16, 2023 Cathy’s Blog

3 Practices in Animal Welfare We Need to Change

Cathy passionately shares her concerns about certain animal welfare practices.

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March 1, 2023 Press Releases

BISSELL Pet Foundation’s Feed the Shelters Campaign Encourages People to Donate Food to Shelters

Throughout March, BISSELL Pet Foundation is raising awareness to encourage community support for shelters with its Feed the Shelters® campaign.

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February 28, 2023 Updates

New year, new transport destinations!

BISSELL Pet Foundation’s first flight of 2023 was also our first flight to Maine!

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February 28, 2023 Cathy’s Blog

Payment Options: Low-Hanging Fruit for Access to Veterinary Care

Why payment options should be available everywhere and what you can do.

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February 22, 2023 Newsletter

The Dish

BISSELL Pet Foundation is celebrating the transport of our 10,000th dog! In just two weeks in February, BPF moved more than 320 pets from overcrowded shelters

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February 9, 2023 Press Releases

BISSELL Pet Foundation Announces New Animal Incident Management Initiative

BISSELL Pet Foundation expands crisis and disaster response efforts with Animal Incident Management, a new collaborative program.

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February 3, 2023 Cathy’s Blog

Saving Lives in St. Landry Parish

Cathy Bissell shares updates on lifesaving efforts in St. Landry Parish.

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January 31, 2023 News

Meet the 2023 Junior Board of Directors!

Get to know BISSELL Pet Foundation's 2023 Junior Board of Directors!

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January 24, 2023 Newsletter

The Dish

The numbers say it all. We are so excited that 56,706 pets found homes through our adoption events in 2022! BISSELL Pet Foundation’s Empty the Shelters (ETS)

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January 16, 2023 Resources

7 New Year’s Resolutions to Help Save Homeless Pets

How to make a difference for homeless pets all year long.

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January 10, 2023 Cathy’s Blog

Improving Access to Care

Cathy Bissell talks about how the animal welfare industry can improve access to care for pet owners.

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January 4, 2023 Cathy’s Blog

Supporting Source Shelters

Cathy Bissell shares how BISSELL Pet Foundation supports source shelters and how destination shelters are giving back.

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December 19, 2022 Press Releases

12,667 Pets Adopted Just In Time for the Holidays

More than 12,600 shelter pets were adopted during BPF's Empty the Shelters Holiday Hope

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December 7, 2022 Cathy’s Blog

Transforming Spay/Neuter in 2023

Cathy Bissell talks about BISSELL Pet Foundation's approach to spay/neuter in the year to come.

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November 15, 2022

2022 Impact Report

Your generosity empowers BISSELL Pet Foundation to make the biggest impact for pets by enabling us to respond when and where we are needed most.

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November 15, 2022 Cathy’s Blog

How to Impact Homeless Pets this Giving Tuesday and Beyond

Giving Tuesday is one of the most important days for nonprofits, and it is just around the corner.

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November 2, 2022 Cathy’s Blog

Drawing Families into Shelters to Adopt

Cathy Bissell talks about the impact of drawing potential adopters into shelters.

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October 31, 2022 News

Community Outreach

BPF is committed to impacting the lives of homeless pets in shelters and owned pets by making spay/neuter possible for those who would not otherwise be able to access these preventative procedures.

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October 26, 2022 Press Releases

9,450 Pets Adopted During October Empty the Shelters

Nearly 9,500 shelter pets were adopted during BPF's Fall National Empty the Shelters

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October 3, 2022 Cathy’s Blog

A Disaster Response Update: Supporting Florida Shelters

BISSELL Pet Foundation is working tirelessly to support the people and animals impacted by Hurricane Ian in Florida.

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September 26, 2022

Saving Lives Through Transport

Cathy Bissell details the importance of transporting pets.

Learn how to keep your pets safe during emergencies
September 12, 2022

Preparing Your Pets for Disasters & Emergencies

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September 6, 2022 Cathy’s Blog

What Happens When Puppy Mills Can’t Sell Their Dogs? 

BISSELL Pet Foundation recently helped place more than 50 puppy mill puppies.

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August 11, 2022 Cathy’s Blog

Every Community Has Adopters

22,165 adoptions took place during BISSELL Pet Foundation's July 2022 Empty the Shelters event.

Empty the Shelters Summer 2022 Adoption Total Announcement of 29380 Pets Impacted
August 3, 2022 Press Releases

Record-Setting Number of Pets Find Homes through BISSELL Pet Foundation’s Empty the Shelters

More than 29,000 shelter pets were impacted through adoption and transport during the nation’s largest funded adoption event.

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July 29, 2022 Cathy’s Blog

Bullying Shelters is not Acceptable

Speaking up for shelters in the face of bullying as they work to support more than 4,000 beagles saved from Virginia facility.

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July 27, 2022 Cathy’s Blog

Rethinking the Narrative When Marketing Shelter Pets for Adoption

Cathy Bissell shares her insights on how to rethink the narrative of the marketing of pets in the animal welfare industry.

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July 13, 2022 Happy Tails

Great Pyrenees Rescued From Dire Neglect Finds Home Through Empty the Shelters

Bear, the Great Pyrenees dog, was rescued by BISSELL Pet Foundation and found a loving home through Empty the Shelters.

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