The BISSELL Blocktail Party was established in 2005 as a fundraising event to support local, West Michigan, animal welfare causes. Beginning in 2012, all funds raised through this event will be contributed to the BISSELL Pet Foundation and will continue to support worthy organizations in the Greater Grand Rapids area. Funds raised will be allocated and administered by the BISSELL Pet Foundation through contributions and grants awarded to agencies committed to reducing the number of animals in shelters and rescues through pet adoption, spay/neuter programs, microchipping and foster care.
For more information about the BISSELL Pet Foundation, visit: bissellpetfoundation.org
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LAST YEAR’S GRANT RECIPIENTS
Kent County Animal Shelter received a $37,525 grant sponsored by Deloitte to subsidize the cost of spay/neuter services for public pets and community cats. In addition, they received funding to reduce fees decreasing barriers to adoption for the public.
Community Spay Neuter Initiative Partnership (C-SNIP) received a $36,000 grant to subsidize the cost of spay/neuter in order to provide targeted, low-cost services to the public.
Humane Society of West Michigan received a $36,000 grant sponsored by Fifth Third Bank to provide adoption subsidies for reduced-cost adoptions and to off-set the cost of transferring high-risk pets into their care from other organizations.
Vicky’s Pet Connection received a $28,000 grant to provide medical care and support for senior and ill or injured pets. Additionally, funding will be used to off-set their cost of care for cats, keeping adoption fees affordable for the public.
Pound Buddies (Volunteers for Muskegon County Animal Control) received a grant for $15,000 to offer low-cost spay/neuter assistance to the public.
West Michigan Spay & Neuter Clinic received a $12,000 grant to provide low-cost spay/neuter assistance for dogs and cats in their community.
Carol’s Ferals received $11,000 to support their Rehoming Assistance Program, which provides resources to caring community members who have taken in friendly, stray cats until they can find a forever home, keeping them out of shelters.
Safe Haven Humane Society received a grant for $11,000 to provide affordable spay/neuter surgeries for mother cats and their kittens, preventing future unwanted litters.
Crash’s Landing and Big Sid’s Sanctuary received a grant for $7,000 to purchase food, supplies and microchips for the cats in their care.
Mackenzie’s Foundation received $6,600 in funding to help launch Mack SNAP, a low-cost spay/neuter and microchipping program for the public.
Focus on Ferals received a $6,000 grant to support comprehensive veterinary care for the stray and feral cats that enter their program.
Bellowood received a grant for $5,000 to provide veterinary care for the animals in their adoption program.
Great Lakes Golden Retriever Rescue received a grant of $5,000 to provide veterinary and hospice care for the Goldens in their program in addition to the purchase of microchips for their adoptable dogs.
Harbor Humane Society received $5,000 in funding to subsidize adoption fees, offering low-cost adoptions for both senior and long-term shelter residents.
Lake Haven Rescue received a $5,000 grant to provide spay/neuter services for barn and feral cats in their community.
Reuben’s Room Cat Rescue received a grant for $5,000 to subsidize the cost of care for special-needs cats in their program and to microchip their adoptable cats.