September 22nd

Fighting the Sheltering Crisis of 2021

Transport is on my mind once again as BISSELL Pet Foundation and our partners work tirelessly to keep pets moving safely across the country. Unfortunately, the animal welfare industry is painfully unbalanced when it comes to the lifesaving transports of homeless pets. We need to up our game. Day after day, I see posts from […]

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September 17th

From Abandoned to Adopted: Belky’s Story

Abandoned pets don’t always get the happy endings they deserve. But for Belky, the 15-year-old Australian Shepard mix, she found the love and care she desperately needed thanks to Good Samaritans, outstanding shelter teams, and a devoted adopter. Belky’s rescue story starts with her being left in grave condition on the side of a highway […]

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September 17th

Don’t Get Tricked by Puppy Mills

September is Puppy Mill Awareness Month. According to the Humane Society of the United States, an estimated 10,000 or more puppy mills are in operation throughout the country. Puppy mills come in all shapes and disguises. These commercial dog breeding operations may sell puppies in pet stores, online, or directly to the public through classified […]

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September 9th

Together We Can Fight Puppy Mills

Last month, my team, along with Pointe Coupee Animal Shelter and other incredible shelter partners, addressed a suspected puppy mill in Louisiana, with more than 150 dogs and 100 cats, all in varying stages of neglect. Typical of a puppy mill, the living conditions were devastating. Cats wandered freely with no food or water set […]

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August 31st

Senior and Large Pets Find Homes Through Emergency Empty the Shelters

1,805 dogs and cats found forever homes over six days through the emergency Empty the Shelters: Big Dog & Cat Crisis event with BISSELL Pet Foundation. The event was hosted in 97 shelters in 29 states to support shelters facing overcrowding. In addition, reduced fee adoptions were focused on harder-to-place pets, such as adult cats […]

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August 25th

Rise of COVID-19 in Shelters

By: Allison Black Cornelius, CEO at Greater Birmingham Humane Society I always fear losing one of our animals. I wasn’t prepared to lose so many human family members.  It was Sunday, August 17, 2021. I was sitting in the Birmingham airport about to board a plane to Colorado. The Greater Birmingham Humane Society (GBHS) was […]

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August 17th

84 Dogs Cross the Border to Find Forever Homes

In BISSELL Pet Foundation’s first air transport from El Paso to Ontario, Canada, 84 dogs traveled across the border to their future forever homes, thanks to the partnership with City of El Paso Animal Services, Windsor/Essex County Humane, and additional Canada-based rescues. The pets departed early Sunday, August 15 on a chartered plane, arriving safely […]

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Cathy's Blog

August 11th

Understanding the Impact of Shelter Veterinarians

Right now, shelters throughout the country face increasing disease, staffing shortages, increasing intake, and slowing adoptions. In addition, a shortage of shelter veterinarians further complicates this situation, making it increasingly difficult for shelters to provide needed care. For those unfamiliar, shelter veterinarians are unicorns—magical and hard to find. Yet, they are vital to the health […]

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July 21st

BPF Hosts Record Empty the Shelters

5,908 pets spent their first night in a new loving home last weekend after the quarterly nationwide Empty the Shelters event. Over the course of five-days from July 7 to 11, 186 shelters in 40 states hosted free or low-cost adoptions for dogs and cats with record success. Current adoption counts from Empty the Shelters […]

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July 20th

Be Fair. Until EVERY pet has a home.

At BPF, we’ve been encouraging our transport receiving partners to be fair regarding the selection of pets for transfer. While many organizations would prefer only to transfer in “smalls” or puppies from a shelter struggling with overpopulation, the small dogs and puppies are not the issue with overcrowding. In fact, taking these pets out of […]

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