Change is inevitable. Over the last several months, the BISSELL Pet Foundation team has been redefining how we approach spay/neuter, for both community and shelter pets, in the coming year. With a national veterinarian shortage, our shelters are in crisis, and access to veterinary care has become increasingly complicated. We will focus on three strategies to reach as many pets as possible in 2023.
Our programming will remain fluid to best address the needs of pets in shelters and the community. With change happening all around us, BPF remains nimble and committed to our mission of helping pets and the people that care for them. The animal welfare industry is certainly not a one-size-fits-all environment! We must be able to look at the issues and provide lifesaving solutions. What may have worked for us 5 years ago is not working today.
As we look ahead, I want to challenge all shelters to examine their strategy for saving lives. Get to the why behind your work by finding out if you are doing things simply because “we have always done it this way.” Change is not easy, but it is necessary. Where can we form new partnerships, and how can we bring others along rather than leaving them behind? There is strength in numbers and collaboration.
We continue to face a national crisis within our shelters, and we need everyone working together to get through it. I hope you all will join me to look at your practices through a new lens. BPF is a small foundation using our budget wisely to make the biggest difference, and we look forward to saving lives together in the new year.