Congratulations to the West Michigan Spay & Neuter Clinic on performing its 7,000th spay/neuter last week! The clinic, located in Fruitport, opened its doors in October, 2010.
The lucky No. 7,000 was a kitten named Jessie. Anne Munford, director of WMSNC, said Jessie and a littermate were found in a dumpster. The family that adopted Jessie brought her in to be spayed.
Munford was pleased to announce that Jessie’s surgery was only $25, thanks to a grant from the BISSELL Pet Foundation. BPF recently awarded its grants from the proceeds of its wildly popular BISSELL Blocktail Party, held each June.
The West Michigan Spay & Neuter Clinic received a $12,000 grant from BPF, allowing the clinic to continue offering affordable spay and neuter services.
BPF awarded grants to 16 West Michigan organizations to help fund programs that align with its four focus areas of adoption, spay/neuter, microchipping and foster care. This year’s Blocktail Party set a record with nearly $250,000 raised and 800 guests, many of whom brought along their dogs. Pet Supplies Plus, which publishes our Dogs Unleashed magazine, was proud to join forces with BPF as a sponsor for this year’s Blocktail Party.
“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,” Cathy Bissell, Founder of the BISSELL Pet Foundation, said in a press release. “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!”
A breakdown of the BISSELL Blocktail Party grants awarded this year:
- 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
Congratulations to all the recipients who work incredibly hard to prevent pet overpopulation and to find homes for all the pets in our already overcrowded shelters and rescues.
Here’s hoping next year’s Blocktail Party, the ninth annual, sets yet another record in its fund-raising efforts to help these wonderful organizations.