Suncoast Basset Rescue is a volunteer-based foster network which works to save Basset Hounds from abuse, abandonment, and neglect. Most of their rescues are senior hounds which often require a great deal of costly medical treatment. Through a BISSELL Pet Foundation Grant, Suncoast Basset Rescue was able to place six neglected, senior Basset Hounds in foster care and provide medical treatment.
One lucky dog was rescued by Suncoast Basset Rescue after being found roaming the side of a busy highway in Orlando, Florida. Maise, an 11 year old Basset Hound was saved from the dangerous traffic and taken to the nearest veterinary clinic. The pressure in both of Maise’s eyes was off the charts and she needed surgery as soon as possible. The BISSELL Pet Foundation grant provided Maise with necessary medical attention. A loving foster home took her in and she eventually had surgery to remove both of her eyes. A year later, Maise is very active and gets around perfectly, thanks to her keen sense of hound smell!
Sadly, many shelters do not have the resources required to tend to the needs of senior and ill pets which is why organizations like Suncoast Basset Rescue are so important. By providing needed care and a temporary home for dogs like Maise, foster networks are able to free up much needed space in shelters saving even more lives!
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 to BISSELL Homecare, Inc., a 138-year-old Grand Rapids-based floor care appliance brand in its fourth generation of family leadership