Watauga Humane Society Receives $5,000 BISSELL Pet Foundation Grant

Published Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 4:53 pm

BISSELL Pet Foundation™, supported in part by BISSELL Homecare, Inc., has awarded $5,000 to Watauga Humane Society (WHS), located at 312 Paws Way in Boone, to support its life-saving efforts. Funds will be used to provide low-cost spay/neuter surgeries for community members that otherwise cannot afford this procedure.

Pet overpopulation is a major issue in the Watauga County area. With thousands of pets euthanized each year, spaying/neutering addresses the root cause of animal overpopulation by preventing unwanted births. In this rural area, animals roam freely, and sterilization is needed to control the animal population.

“With BISSELL (Pet) Foundation’s grant of $5,000, the number of surgeries that Watauga Humane Society can provide to community animals….will increase exponentially,” said Susan King, Founder of SNIPS volunteer division of WHS. She added the funds will be used, “to allocate them to individuals in the most impoverished areas of our county.”

“Spaying and neutering are humane and critical methods to combat pet overpopulation,” said Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. “We are thrilled to support preventative efforts that allow our partners to save thousands of animals from being euthanized each year.”

BISSELL Pet Foundation addresses the growing problem of displaced, unwanted and homeless pets by providing assistance to shelter and rescue programs and by creating awareness about pet overpopulation, in the hopes of finding every pet a loving home. Since its inception, the foundation has given more than $3 million in support to organizations like WHS.

For more information, contact Joanna Randazzo, the BISSELL Pet Foundation Grand and Program Manager, at 616-791-0613 or Joanna.randazzo@bissell.com.

About the BISSELL Pet Foundation

BISSELL Pet Foundation is a non-profit organization, and its mission is to help reduce the number of animals in shelters and to support organizations dedicated to the humane care and treatment of animals through pet adoption, spay/neuter programs, microchipping and foster care.

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 139-year-old Grand Rapids-based floor care appliance brand in its fourth generation of family leadership.

About BISSELL Homecare, Inc.

For 139 years and counting, Michigan-based BISSELL Homecare, Inc. has developed innovative floor care solutions that make cleaning easier. As the top-selling brand in floor care appliances, BISSELL understands that fuller lives often mean more messes and that convenient cleaning tools help us embrace life’s messier moments. Now in its fourth generation of family leadership, the company supplies households across the globe with vacuums, sweepers, deep-cleaning machines, hard floor cleaners and cleaning formulas.

For more on the BISSELL complete line of floor care products, visit www.bissell.com.

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