The organization must:

  • Be incorporated as a nonprofit agency, recognized by the IRS as tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3), and qualified to do business in the state or territory in which they are located, or be a public (local government) entity
  • Be in operation for at least 1 year prior to applying for funding
  • Actively help to reduce the number of homeless animals in the community through spay/neuter programs, microchipping, foster care and adoption
  • Be a member in good standing of the BISSELL Pet Foundation Partners for Pets (P4P) program for at least 3 months prior to submission of application


BISSELL Pet Foundation will not fund the following activities and programs:

  • Grant requests that exceed 10% of an organization’s operating budget;
  • Indirect or ancillary costs of veterinarian care (e.g., transportation, gas cards, administrative fees, etc.);
  • General operating expenses or overhead (e.g., payment of salaries or routine maintenance);
  • Professional development for staff;
  • Advertising (e.g., graphic design, printing, website development, etc.)
  • Equipment purchases;
  • Deficit reduction or operational deficiencies;
  • Fundraising or special events;
  • Capital campaigns and/or large building projects;
  • Start-up costs;
  • Grants to specific individuals or individual animals;
  • Wildlife or marine life rehabilitation or rescue; and
  • Political or lobbying activities.