Success Stories

Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.

Second Chance Cocker Rescue, Inc.: Sponsor a Pet
What was the money or product used for?

Medical bills

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Allows us to rescue more cocker spaniels

How many pets did this grant help?

1

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

This Sponsor a Pet grant paid to vaccinate Cosette, who came in with her sister Genevieve. They are 9-week-old cocker/Chihuahua mixes who look like miniature cockers-- adorable! They were adopted together!

Helping Hand Pet Rescue of West Virginia: Thundershirt for Dogs
What was the money or product used for?

We have used all 20 of the Thundershirts for the animals in our care. They have provided a much-needed calming effect. This has allowed future pet owners see how the dog would be in a calm environment and not hyper and jumping, barking excitedly like animals do when new people come around.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

We have used all 20 of the Thundershirts at adoption events. We had the name of our rescue stitched into the side with the phone number. So as the dogs are walked or are seen in the pens awaiting their forever homes, they are calm but also advertise our rescue's name.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

We have a young chocolate lab mix puppy that came to the rescue with a broken back leg and hip. We used the Thundershirt to keep him calm and warm on the way to the vet. After his surgery we had to keep him in a small kitten carrier to keep him immobilized, per the vet's instructions. We asked the vet about the Thundershirt and she thought it was a great idea. It has helped keep him calm and from pulling the stitches out. In Leo's case, the Thundershirt was a real lifesaver.

Meet Leo: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/29989820/

Madison County Animal Services: Bissell Rescue U
What was the money or product used for?

The money we received from the Bissell Renovation Grant was used to paint our kennels inside and out, repair cracks to the surfaces, and seal the kennel floors.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The Bissell Renovation Grant has helped us provide a safer, more sanitary environment for the homeless animals that come into our facility each year. The remodeled kennels are also aesthetically pleasing to adopters who come into our facility, providing a bright and clean look for them to view the animals in.

How many pets did this grant help?

We expect this grant to provide an upgraded environment to over 2,000 dogs in the coming years.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Logan, a 9-year-old black Cocker Spaniel, was often overlooked due to our dark kennels and his dark fur. He wasn't one to run to the front of the cage to greet everyone and no one really took a second look at him as they passed by. After our kennels were painted a bright and cheerful shade of yellow, Logan really stood out. We took a new picture of him and reposted his picture in the newly painted kennel and he was adopted the next day!

Save A Pet Florida, Inc.: Stretch and Scratch Cat Scratchers
What was the money or product used for?

Scratch pads were hung in cat cages at foster homes and in the cat habitats at Petco in Jupiter, FL.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Provided satisfaction to caged cats who have the natural urge to scratch, especially when awakening from a nap.

How many pets did this grant help?

100+

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Our cats and kittens are housed at a local Petco store four to five days a week; others remain in foster homes. The cats at Petco go cage crazy and get bored. The scratch pads provide an activity to release their tension and stress.

Dog Town Canine Rescue: Bissell Rescue U
What was the money or product used for?

To purchase three complete heavy-duty welded wire kennel panels, and two additional side panels.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant allowed us to better house the dogs in our care. Our old kennels were made from chain link, and had been patched numerous times over the years. These new kennels will keep our dogs safely secured.

How many pets did this grant help?

Four at the present time, but these kennels will be in use for many more years, so there will be at least 40 dogs per year using them.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Diva is a mixed-breed dog that we had adopted out years ago. She ended up at local animal control, still wearing our Dog Town identification tag on her collar. She had been owner-surrendered by someone who had gotten her from her original adopters. Diva had been mistreated and sadly, when she came back to us, she had acquired some destructive tendencies. She had torn holes in her chain-link kennel and even though we had patched it up numerous times, she would find a new weak spot to rip up. She was injuring her mouth and also escaping.

Diva is now happy and safe in her new, upgraded kennel. We will probably have her for a long time, but we know that she will be secure and loved.

Commerce Humane Association/Barchard Shelter: Bissell Rescue U
What was the money or product used for?

To better the lives of the dogs and cats in the shelter.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Helped us update animal housing.

How many pets did this grant help?

200

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

X-Man is a great dane/lab mix. Big guy. With funds we were able to increase his yard and give him a better place to run and play.

Chico Cat Coalition: Bissell Rescue U
What was the money or product used for?

Hello! We are the Chico Cat Coalition, a no-kill, volunteer-run cat shelter in the northern California town of Chico, California. We have a shelter that houses approximately 60 cats. Prior to the receipt of the Bissell Pet Foundation grant, our shelter was one large room -- a former warehouse of approximately 1,000 square feet that was converted with cyclone fencing into a cat shelter. We also have a great outdoor fenced-in area. The money we received from the Bissell Pet Foundation grant was used for fencing and materials to divide our shelter into two fenced-off areas -- one for the feral, unadoptable cats, and one for the cats that are adoptable and need an area where they can be shown to potential adopters.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

In our shelter, we have approximately 30 feral cats that we will be caring for for the rest of their lives (we no longer take in feral cats, but we did at one point and are still caring for those cats), and 30 adoptable cats. The adoptable cats that have been in our care for a long time, we noticed, were becoming less friendly and less adoptable. They found areas to hide among the feral cats and in corners of the shelter. When a potential adopter who saw the cat on Petfinder would come to visit, the cats would find it very easy to hide, leading to fewer adoptions for these adoptable cats, who we found becoming more and more feral.

With the money received from the Bissell Pet Foundation grant, we were able to purchase cyclone fencing and materials needed to fence off a portion of the shelter where we can house these adoptable cats, along with their own outdoor area. These cats will get more daily exposure to humans via our volunteers (we have two volunteer shifts daily who feed and socialize the cats), and in time, will become more used to people, more friendly, and will find their forever homes!

How many pets did this grant help?

60

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Duffy is a cat who has been with us since he was a kitten. He is an orange tabby who came to us along with his brother Murphy when they were both about eight weeks old. As kittens, they were playful, friendly, and loved people. Murphy quickly found a forever home as a kitten, but for some reason, Duffy was overlooked and not adopted. As he grew older, he became less accepting of humans; he would hide from even his favorite volunteers, and no treats could lure him from his hiding places so that he could be shown to potential adopters. We could see that we were in danger of ending up with another feral cat in our shelter -- we didn't want that to happen to Duffy!

When our adoptable-cat room was finished, thanks to the Bissell Pet Foundation grant, Duffy was moved into the area and, with fewer hiding places and a smaller area in which to navigate, he was exposed twice a day to lots of love, attention, and treats from volunteers. He quickly remembered how great humans are, and we saw signs of him returning to his old friendly self. We all held our breath when we got a call from someone saying that she had seen Duffy's pictures on Petfinder and she wanted to come meet him. We told her all about Duffy -- that he's very shy, but such a sweet cat, and that having a forever home would make all the difference for him.

Duffy's potential adopter came to meet him, and thanks to our adoption room, was able to sit on the floor, put out some treats, and happily Duffy approached her for some attention! She was still apprehensive about the adoption, and asked if she could temporarily foster Duffy until she decided whether or not he was the right cat for her home. Of course! Two weeks ago, we got the call that we had been waiting for -- she had decided to permanently adopt Duffy and make him part of her family. The long-time Chico Cat Coalition volunteers were thrilled! We had seen Duffy as an adorable kitten, watched him regress to near-feral status, then make a comeback with the addition of our adoptable cat room.

This amazing change would not have happened without the Bissell Pet Foundation grant money. We could not be more grateful. THANK YOU, Bissell, for what you have done for our shelter -- our cats, kittens, and volunteers appreciate it so much!

Attached are pictures of the indoor adoptable cat room, the outdoor adoptable cat area, and a picture of Duffy in the bathtub in his new home.

Every Creature Counts: Bissell Rescue U
What was the money or product used for?

We have six 20x10 cat cottages that were built in 2008/2009. We are currently remodeling each of the cottages. The grant was used to remodel one of the cat cottages.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The purpose of the remodel is to cover the painted walls with a plastic panel. This panel helps reduce the wear and tear on the walls; it also increases the ease of cleaning. The pictures include before-and-after shots.

How many pets did this grant help?

A cottage can house up to 12 cats at one time. These cats are either waiting for adoption or taking a break from an adoption center. Since the cottages are in constant use, that will help a number of cats into the future.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Paulina is a polydactyl cat with more toes than the average cat. She came to us with six young kittens and was an excellent mother. After her kittens were grown and adopted, Paulina was ready to find her own forever home. She is calm and gentle, and loves to play too! She was featured in our email newsletter and captured the heart of a lady named Molly. Molly came and spent time with Paulina in one of the remodeled cat cottages. We are happy to say that Paulina left that day with Molly and will be her constant companion.

City of Chico Animal Shelter: Bissell Rescue U
What was the money or product used for?

To purchase and install two interior doors/door frames to replace old doors that were badly deteriorated. Pictures show the doors installed and awaiting their final coat of paint before the hardware is installed.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

One door, located at the entrance to the older kennels, no longer had a good door frame, and could not be kept closed. Because of this, the barking in the older part of the building could be heard in the rest of the building, creating stress for the cats just down the hall. The other door, located at the entrance to the main kennel and right outside the cat-adoption room, hung so crooked it scraped the floor whenever it was opened or closed, making an awful screeching noise, which was stressful for both the animals and the staff. It also banged very hard, and that was just as stressful to hear: screech - bang all day long. The new doors swing silently, and don't create a loud bang when they close -- ahhhhhhhhhhhh!

How many pets did this grant help?

Every single animal in our shelter!

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

All of the cats in the adoptable cat room are experiencing a much more stress-free stay at the shelter now that they do not have to hear the constant screeching and banging of the kennel door right outside their room. In addition, the doors will now shut quietly and, because of the seal, will keep out much of the barking when closed. Even the dogs, such as Peaches (pictured), will not have to hear all the screeching and banging, which was quite stressful to everyone, including the staff.

Meet Peaches: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/29040566/

Salem County Humane Society: Bissell Rescue U
What was the money or product used for?

The funding was used to renovate the entrance to our animal shelter, which was in dire need of repair. Volunteers had constructed this structure 15 years ago and drainage off the roof had not been properly channeled so that severe rot had set in around the door and at the corners of the structure. These mistakes were corrected in our renovation project.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

We are very pleased with the improvements made to our building that were made possible by your generous grant. The public now enters our shelter through a neat and structurally sound entrance. This structure also serves as a safeguard to prevent our cats living in one of the group housing rooms from escaping out the front door. Without renovation of the entrance, it was likely that cats may have found their way out through the rotted exterior walls and we are relieved that this is no longer a threat to their safety.

How many pets did this grant help?

On average, 120 dogs and cats each year.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

The grant was used to renovate the entrance to our animal shelter, which was in dire need of repair. The public now enters our shelter through a neat and structurally sound entrance. This structure also serves as a safeguard to prevent our cats living in one of the group housing rooms from escaping out the front door. The entrance way will allow potential adopters the chance to meet dogs like Stormie and cats like Milton.

Meet Stormie: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/13692339/
Meet Milton: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/14743474/