In recent years, BISSELL has focused on creating cleaning and floor care products for families with pets. In 2011, BISSELL established the BISSELL Pet Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to supporting groups throughout the United States and Canada who are dedicated to helping reduce the number of animals in shelters and rescues through pet adoption, spay/neuter programs, microchipping and foster care.
As part of this, we’re showcasing some of our favorite rescue organizations and what makes them so great! First up is Micki Brown, a founding member of Bald is Beautiful Dog Rescue and a winner of our Foster Family Program.
Tell us about Bald is Beautiful Rescue.
Bald is Beautiful (BisB) focuses on celebrating the special qualities of hairless breeds. We primarily focus on rescue work and showing how these dogs can enrich families’ lives. BisB is a labor of love for me and a continuation of a vision I shared with my late husband. He passed away suddenly and unexpectedly a few years ago. Our dream was to be a part of a great team of people dedicated to rescuing the dogs we love so much. Thanks in part to his hard work, I am living that dream. I am the most fortunate person I know—I get to do what I love every day!
How many dogs does BisB work with each year?
We take in between 110 and 130 dogs each year.
Pretty unique name! Is there a story behind it?
Pretty simple really; we believe hairless breeds are beautiful :)
What’s an average day look like for you?
An average day consists of caring for the fosters at my home. That changes daily from vet visits, transporting, paperwork, etc., but the one thing that never changes is spending time with the dogs. They need attention and socialization. That is my favorite part—learning each dog’s likes and dislikes, and determining what type of homes they would thrive in.
Do you have a favorite success story?
We once took in seven dogs that had been held at animal control for months. One of the smaller dogs we named Midge. The sight of Midge as she got into the first bed she’d ever seen brought me to tears. She stepped carefully onto the bed, then began rolling and whimpering with joy.
To date, Micki has opened her home in South Carolina to more than 550 dogs through the BisB organization and loves showing others the beauty of hairless breeds. She’s featured on the BISSELL Facebook page.