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 $41,000 to support their adoption efforts through the upcoming ASPCA and Rachel Ray $100K Challenge that takes place from August to October 2012. In addition, the grant money will be used to help with spay/neuter costs for stray pets that are being reclaimed by their owners.
Community Spay Neuter Initiative Partnership (C-SNIP) received $30,000 to fund programs aimed at subsidizing sterilization surgeries for low-income families and local rescue groups.
Vicky’s Pet Connection was awarded $27,000 to initiate a community microchip and id tag program and help support programs that provide care and treatment to “at-risk” animals that are rescued from local shelters.
Humane Society of West Michigan received $21,600 to fund monthly adoption promotions, including subsidies to support low cost adoption of senior pets, and to support their life-saving efforts with animal transfer and microchipping.
Carol’s Ferals was granted $12,000 to support their Trap– Neuter–Return program for feral cat populations and to provide appropriate equipment needed to care for their adoptable cats.
Crash’s Landing and Big Sid’s Sanctuary received $10,000 to support their Humane Education and Adoption Programs and to provide food and supplies for cats in their care.
Mackenzie’s Foundation received $10,000 to purchase needed equipment for a planned on-site veterinary clinic.
Safe Haven Humane Society was awarded $5,000 to create a dog training program for their adopters and to support a free spay/neuter program for female cats and their litters.
Reuben’s Room Cat Rescue received $4,000 to provide care and treatment for cats in their care, with funds targeted to supporting the special needs of senior cats.
Bellwether Harbor was given $2,050 in needed funding to help advance their microchipping program.
MidAmerica Border Collie Rescue received $1,000 to purchase a requested microchip kit and additional microchips for adoptable pets in their care.