Cat’s Cradle of the Shenandoah Valley’s mission is to ensure and maintain a safe, compassionate community for pets. They provide spay/neuter assistance for low-income citizens, TNR assistance for community cat colony care-takers, foster and adoption for cats and rehoming assistance to different counties in Virginia. BISSELL Pet Foundation stepped in to help Cat’s Cradle fulfill their mission of reducing pet overpopulation and outreach to low and middle income cat owners in the community.
The grant funds helped reduce owner surrender of healthy pets by spaying/neutering and providing rabies vaccinations to 87 community-owned cats and kittens. The funds also helped to rescue and place 86 foster cats into forever homes. In total, the BISSELL Pet Foundation grant helped over 170 cats and kittens.
One of the cats helped by BISSELL Pet Foundation was Tinsel. She was named Tinsel because she was rescued from alongside the road on a very cold day in December during the Christmas season. She had injured her back and the pain prevented her from walking. With the funds provided by the grant, Cat’s Cradle was able to rescue her and provide her with acupuncture and other care necessary to nurse her back to full health. She is in foster care now and making progress every day. She will soon be put up for adoption to look for her forever home.