GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., ― The BISSELL Pet Foundation broke another record by raising nearly $250,000 at its eighth annual BISSELL Blocktail Party. Funds have been allocated to 16 local organizations through BISSELL Blocktail grants. Grant awards will fund life-saving programs that align with the BISSELL Pet Foundation‟s four focus areas of adoption, spay/neuter, microchipping and foster care. This past June, nearly 800 partygoers and their four-legged friends gathered together on Mangiamo‟s lawn sharing their love for pets over yummy “yappetizers” while bidding on silent auction items. Looming thunderstorms and rain showers were no match for these pet lovers, who made the 2013 „BEST DOG-GONE Party in Town‟ the Foundation‟s most successful event to date

“The BISSELL Pet Foundation exists to provide support to shelters and rescues so that they can ultimately find a loving family for the millions of homeless pets in our country,” said Cathy Bissell, Founder of the BISSELL Pet Foundation. “We are very proud to support these 16 local organizations with funds from this year‟s party and have been thrilled to see how collaboration between many of these groups is changing the face of animal welfare in our community. I am so thankful that through the BISSELL Blocktail Party our community can show their support for these progressive and compassionate groups. Together, we are working to save lives!”

BISSELL Blocktail Grants were awarded as follows:

  • Kent County Animal Shelter: $37,525 sponsored by Deloitte
  • Humane Society of West Michigan: $36,000 sponsored by Fifth Third Bank
  • Community Spay Neuter Initiative Partnership (C-SNIP): $36,000
  • Vicky‟s Pet Connection: $28,000
  • Pound Buddies (Volunteers for Muskegon County Animal Control): $15,000
  • West Michigan Spay & Neuter Clinic: $12,000
  • Safe Haven Humane Society: $11,000
  • Carol‟s Ferals: $11,000
  • Crash‟s Landing & Big Sid‟s Sanctuary: $7,000
  • Mackenzie‟s Foundation: $6,600
  • Bellowood: $5,000
  • Focus on Ferals: $6,000
  • Great Lakes Golden Retriever Rescue: $5,000
  • Harbor Humane Society: $5,000
  • Lake Haven Rescue: $5,000
  • Reuben‟s Room Cat Rescue: $5,000

Grants were reviewed and awarded by the BISSELL Blocktail Party Committee, a group of 18 passionate animal advocates who have collectively devoted decades to helping pets in our community. The team reviewed grant proposals and allocated funds to create the greatest impact for thousands of needy pets in West Michigan. To see how the funds will be used by each organization, please visit

About the BISSELL Pet Foundation

BISSELL Pet Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2011 to assist animal welfare organizations and their efforts to reduce the number of animals in shelters and rescues through pet adoption, spay neuter programs, microchipping and foster care initiatives. Founded in 2011 by Cathy Bissell, the BISSELL Pet Foundation is an extension of her long-standing love for animals and commitment to their welfare. The foundation is supported by BISSELL Homecare, Inc, a 137-year-old Grand Rapids-based floor care appliance brand in its fourth generation of family leadership.