Celebrate Bow-Wows & Brews, and wish C-SNIP’s Pat Schoen a fond farewell

It’s a bittersweet day for anyone who has been involved in C-SNIP. It happens to be the last day of work for Pat Schoen, the organization’s executive director the past seven years.

C-SNIP co-founder Pam Olsen, left, and outgoing Executive Director Pat Schoen at the 2011 Bow-Wows & Brews event. (C-SNIP photo)

C-SNIP co-founder Pam Olsen, left, and outgoing Executive Director Pat Schoen at the 2011 Bow-Wows & Brews event. (C-SNIP photo)

Schoen took over in 2006, when C-SNIP, the Community Spay and Neuter Initiative Partnership in West Michigan, moved from a mobile unit to its current building at 1675 Viewpond SE in Kentwood. The building was donated by Lois Levy and allowed C-SNIP to perform many more surgeries, including those on dogs.

About the time the doors to the new building opened, Schoen had taken early retirement from her previous job. She had planned to perhaps work part-time somewhere. But Pam Olsen, Betsy Pullen and Sue Carl, founders who founded C-SNIP in 2001, had other plans. Before she knew it, Schoen was in place as C-SNIP’s director and charged with taking the organization to the next level.

During her seven years there, C-SNIP has performed 75,773 spay/neuter surgeries on dogs and cats. All told, C-SNIP has “fixed” some 96,000 pets since its inception in 2001. Many pet owners couldn’t afford the surgery at their veterinarian, and C-SNIP has never turned away an owner for inability to pay for the procedure.

“I think that’s what I’m most proud of,” Schoen told me Thursday morning, her last day at work. “Through grants donations, we have been able to subsidize surgeries. We have never, ever, turned anyone away for lack of finances.”

Her swan song, so to speak, will be next week’s Bow-Wows & Brews event at DeltaPlex Arena in Grand Rapids. The event, from 6:30-10 p.m. on March 7 (that’s a Thursday), features sample microbrews, heavy Hors d’oeuvres (both vegan and traditional), silent and live auctions, raffle prizes and photos of your dog by Grumpy Pups Pet Photography‘s Jennifer Waters.

 Bow-Wows & Brews is all about, food, beer, fun, dogs and a good cause. What's not to love?

Bow-Wows & Brews is all about, food, beer, fun, dogs and a good cause. What’s not to love?
(C-SNIP photo)

Dogs are welcome, and encouraged to come with their owners. Tickets are $40 per person (with $28 tax deductible) or $75 for two ($51 tax deductible) and can be purchased through the C-SNIP website. (I purchased ours this morning and was amazed at how simple it was … it took me less than a minute!).

I checked out the list of items available in silent and live auctions, and a fun new event, “Heads of Tails.” It’s more like a game, and the last person standing wins a fabulous prize, including an iPad, certificates to Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. The 50-plus silent auction items include lift tickets to Boyne Mountain, a weekend spa getaway and a kid’s birthday party for 10 at the Humane Society of West Michigan. Live auction bidding includes — get this — a trip to Chicago’s Wrigley Field worth $1,400.

If you’re a pet lover in West Michigan, I encourage you to attend Bow-Wows & Brews and help support the wonderful work C-SNIP and Pat Schoen have come to represent. Their efforts have prevented unwanted litters of puppies and kittens and have made a difference in our community.

“We have brought awareness to the absolute necessity to spay and neuter our pets by offering affordable services to people who otherwise could not afford it,” Schoen said. “We are seeing a reduction in our area of dogs, specifically, at the animal shelter and humane society.

“Cats still remain a big effort. The cat population continues to explode because of the ability of them to have several litters per year.”

Schoen and the C-SNIP staff have come up with various programs and specials throughout the years, including “Beat the Heat” with reduced fees for cats and kittens, and “Primp Your Pit,” which last summer offered reduced fees for those who brought their pit bull or pit bull mixes in for spay/neuter surgery.

C-SNIP is able to offer such specials and affordable surgeries thanks to grants from various organizations, notably the Bissell Pet Foundation and PetSmart Charities, and with the money it makes at its annual fundraising events, like Bow-Wows & Brews, Antiques Road Show and the C-SNIP Classic golf outing.

And while we’ll be saying good-bye to Pat at this year’s Bow-Wows & Brews (although she has “volunteered” for the golf outing committee), we also will be saying hello to C-SNIP’s new executive director, Kara Eagle. Eagle, a native of Grand Rapids, has nine years experience in non-profit administration, including five in animal rescue. She served a year on the board of directors at C-SNIP.

“I’m absolutely delighted with Kara,” Schoen said. “She is going to be able to take this organization further and she has the same passion and same approach. She’s very friendly and is very good working with people. She believes in the mission and we consider ourselves lucky. She already has a head start (from serving on the board).

“Because Kara is taking over, I have no problem walking away and don’t have to worry. The only think I have to worry about now is me.”

 

HSWM Project B.A.R.C. volunteer among missionaries killed in Haiti

I was so sorry to read a Facebook post from the Humane Society of West Michigan regarding the deaths of four missionaries from west Michigan, who were killed in a car accident in Haiti  on Friday.

One of the accident victims was a member of the HSWM volunteer staff who worked with the kids at the Kent County Juvenile Detention Center on Project B.A.R.C. Here’s the post from HSWM:

We were deeply saddened to receive the news last night of the 4 victims involved in the accident in Haiti. Matt Kutsche, one of the victims, was one of our Project B.A.R.C. volunteers. Through his volunteer work, he not only helped many of our dogs but he made a tremendous impact on the residents in the program. Matt was a very dedicated volunteer who helped many young men at the Kent County Juvenile Detention Center learn how to train and treat dogs. His enthusiasm, dedication and inspiration will be deeply missed.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the friends and family of Matt and the other victims in this tragic accident.

Project B.A.R.C. works with detention center youth (they must apply for the position, just as they would apply for a job) to train select dogs (they, too, must meet criteria) from HSWM. It’s a win-win in that the kids learn responsibility, unconditional love and much more, while the newly trained dog becomes more attractive to potential adoptive owners.

The Project B.A.R.C. program is featured in the latest issue of Dogs Unleashed magazine.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Matt’s family, including his family at HSWM and the juvenile detention center, and families and friends of all the victims.

 

Zeus shows why he’s king of the dog world

Zeus posed for several pictures with the children at HSWM’s mini Kids Camp.

There’s a reason we labeled the dog featured on the cover of the latest edition of Dogs Unleashed magazine “The Greatest Dane.”

Not only is Zeus, the Great Dane from Otsego, Mich., the current Guinness Book of Records world’s tallest dog, he also is a GREAT dog. He showed just how great he is at the Humane Society of West Michigan‘s winter camp, Kids & Paws, on Thursday.

Zeus and his owner, Kevin Doorlag, spent a couple of hours at the camp, running around HSWM’s training room and entertaining the 34 children in attendance. He was so impressive that several adults, staff and volunteers at HSWM, made it a point to join in and get a look at the colossal dog. Jennifer Self-Aulgur, HSWM’s humane education coordinator who puts on the camp, was kind enough to invite me to meet Zeus as well.

Zeus, the world’s tallest dog, is featured in the latest issue of Dogs Unleashed magazine.

It truly was a treat to see the 163-pound dog make his way around the room and pose for pictures with the children and adults. Doorlag and his daughter, Miranda, answered questions from the kids and had Zeus “perform” by standing on his hind legs to show off his 7-foot-4 height in that position. They also riled him up so he’d bark, something the gentle giant thankfully doesn’t do on a regular basis.

If you’d like to read more about Zeus, be sure to pick up the latest edition of Dogs Unleashed, currently being distributed to several locations (including HSWM, the Kent County Animal Shelter and Grand Rapids area Pet Supplies Plus stores) in Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties.

You can also check out the online version by clicking here and you can see outtakes from the magazine’s photo shoot by Grumpy Pups Pet Photography owner Jennifer Waters on her blog by clicking here.

Beginning with the March/April edition, Dogs Unleashed will be available via subscription, so you can have it mailed directly to your home for a very affordable rate. Stay tuned in the next couple of months for information and details on subscribing.

Meanwhile, enjoy this video feature of Zeus from the folks at Guinness!

 

 

BISSELL turns your love of pets and Pinterest into donations for shelter animals

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and leave it to the BISSELL Pet Foundation to find a way to give to shelter pets in the United States.

BISSELL Homecare Inc. announced this week it has launched an online fundraising campaign through BPF to raise $50,000 for shelter animals in need.

The campaign is called “Pinning for Pets” and will run through Nov. 30. It combines people’s love of Pinterest with raising funds. If you’re already using Pinterest, it’s pretty simple to contribute: Create a virtual pinboard showing support for homeless pets and submit it through BISSELL’s Facebook page.

I had not participated/signed up for Pinterest, but I have many friends who love it. And when I saw I could help shelter animals through this campaign by BISSELL, well, I signed up! I haven’t yet created my pinboard (I’m just learning about this, after all), but you bet I’ll be participating.

For every pinboard posted, BISSELL Homecare Inc. will contribute to BPF, which will then donate $10 to the Petfinder Foundation. Grants to Petfinder Foundation will go to Rescue U, the group that rehabilitates animal shelters around the country.

Rescue U spent a week at Humane Society of West Michigan this summer to help spiff up the place.  Aside from cosmetic and some structural improvements, Rescue U created a play/training area for dogs and installed turf in the outdoor dog runs, replacing the crushed stone pebbles that often became too hot and painful for dogs’ feet in the summer.

“As longtime advocates for pet adoption, we know animal shelters and rescue groups play a vital role in creating a second chance for homeless pets, and they often have extremely limited resources to provide the necessary care needed until these pets are adopted,” Cathy Bissell, founder of BPF and director of corporate affairs for BISSELL, said in a press release announcing the campaign.

“By simply creating a Pinning for Pets board, everyone has the opportunity to support shelters and better the welfare of homeless animals. However, the goal of this program is not just to raise funds — it’s also to raise awareness about the vast number of adoptable pets living in shelters across the country. Ultimately, we want to see more homeless pets welcomed into their forever homes, but we believe they deserve a comfortable place until that home finds them.”

BISSELL also is giving back through the purchase of its products. For every new BISSELL pet product purchased and activated online at bissell.com/savepets, BISSELL will donate $1, $5 or $10 to the BISSELL Pet Foundation. And pet product purchases on bissell.com  through the end of the year will net between $2 and $20 — double its normal donation — for the BISSELL Pet Foundation.

For information on the complete line of BISSELL pet products, cleaning tips and more, visit the online Pet Lovers Community at bissell.com/pets. If you want more information about the BISSELL Pet Foundation, check out their site at bissellpetfoundation.org.

Those who participate in the Pinning for Pets event will be entered into weekly prize drawings for a chance to win various pet clean-up products, as well as a $250 donation to their local Petfinder.com shelter. Visit pinningforpets.com to join the campaign!

Don’t pity a ‘pittie,’ adopt one at humane society’s Luv-a-bull event

Reporter Jon Mills had a nice story on WZZM-TV13 about the Humane Society of West Michigan‘s Luv-A-Bull adoption event taking place on Saturday. The story aired Wednesday night.

HSWM (3077 Wilson NW, Grand Rapids) is holding the event from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. to raise awareness about pit bulls. Because the breed is so misunderstood, shelters’ kennels are often full of them. People may have preconceived notions about pit bulls  based on misinformation. HSWM seeks to educate people about the breed and show that pit bulls can be very loving members of any family.

If you’ve been looking to add a dog to your household, you might consider a “pittie.” As should be the case with any breed of dog, take the time to learn all you can about them. Attending Saturday’s event is a great way to start.

The Luv-A-Bull event also includes pricing specials: $75 for all dogs and just $99 for all puppies, which includes obedience classes! For more information, be sure to visit HSWM’s website.

 

Saturday in GR sure to be the cat’s meow and howling good time

Kiddies and kitties, canines and comedy … what’s not to love? Help spread the word about a couple of fundraising events being held this weekend that benefit pets and their owners.

First up is the “Catabulous Cat Show” for kids and cats. The event is being presented by C-SNIP, the Humane Society of West Michigan and the Cook Arts Center. The FREE cat friendly event is for children in grades K through 6 and takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Cook Arts Center, 644 Grandville Ave. SW in Grand Rapids.

Kids are invited to show off their cats and participate in cat-related events and arts & crafts. Prizes will be awarded for best decorated cat carrier, best cat story, best cat portrait, best cat name and several other categories. Cat carriers should be decorated at home prior to the event, while materials will be supplied on site for other contests.

Judges for the various contests are WZZM-13’s Jennifer Pascua, WGVU Morning Show’s Shelley Irwin and Grand Rapids community police officer Sue Clare.

Everyone who attends the event will receive a goody bag filled with cat toys, treats and important information about cat care. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult and all cats must be in a secure cat carrier. Carriers are available through C-SNIP.

Not only will kids get a chance to show off at the cat show, they’ll also learn about responsible pet ownership, including the importance of spaying and neutering.

Pre-registration is requested, so contact C-SNIP by calling 616-455-8220 ext 112. For more information on the event, check out C-SNIP’s website.

Saturday night is sure to be a howling good time at Hubs Inn, 1645 Leonard NW in Grand Rapids. A comedy show and silent auction will benefit Hearts of Hope Dog Rescue. The silent auction starts at 7 p.m. and the comedy show begins at 8.

Comedians Jim Hollister, Russell Cairns and Sean Hunter will be on hand to entertain guests. Tickets are just $10 and can be purchased through the Hearts of Hope website or at the door. Email rescueofhope@gmail.com for more information.

More and more, community involvement and attendance at these types of events goes a long way toward keeping non-profit organizations afloat. If you can spare the time, please make an effort to support these events that benefit the animals and their owners.

 

Frankenweenie, Howl n’ Boo and help humane society, all at once!

Admit it. Although we’re adults, we LOVE kids’ movies. And as animal lovers, we especially enjoy movies made for kids that feature animals. My personal favorite? My Dog Skip, since I’m a Jack Russell owner. Yes, it leaves me bawling every time, but I adore the movie.

I also am a sucker for the many animated movies featuring dogs, like Up (“Squirrel!”), 101 Dalmatians, the Fox & the Hound, Lady & the Tramp… the list goes on.

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And now, there’s Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie,” an animated/computer generated take on the classic story of Dr. Frankenstein, but with a young boy bringing his faithful companion dog back to life.

Full disclosure: I’m an employee of ESPN.com, which is owned by Disney, the company behind Frankenweenie and a gazillion other great movies. But that’s not why I’m encouraging you to load up the kids and go see this movie.

I’m encouraging you because by taking the family to see Frankenweenie at Celebration! Cinema North on Saturday, Oct. 20, you can help the Humane Society of West Michigan and see a great movie.

HSWM is holding a fundraiser at the theater that day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It includes a private screening of Frankenweenie and access to HSWM’s mini version of “Howl n’ Boo,” featuring carnival games, treats, crafts and more.

The movie starts at 1 p.m., so families should arrive early to enjoy “Howl n’ Boo.”  Tickets are $15 per person or $50 for a family of four. Admission includes the private screening, free pop and popcorn (that alone would cost a family of four more than 50 bucks!) and the “Howl n’ Boo” entrance.

The event is open to people of all ages, since the movie is rated PG. Don’t have kids? Do what I do … borrow some! What friends or relatives wouldn’t jump at the chance to have someone take their kids to a great event?

Whether you bring kids or go solo, enjoy the show and help the animals awaiting adoption at HSWM at the same time.

To reserve your seats and purchase tickets, contact Nicole Cook, HSWM Marketing and Events Coordinator at (616) 791-8089 or  ncook@hswestmi.org.

 

West Michigan happenings: Humane society up for ‘Grand’ prize via ArtPrize

ArtPrize isn’t the only thing going on in West Michigan these days, but there’s no question it’s the biggest event in town. Aside from the animal-related art (there are some cool exhibits for animal lovers to check out), one area animal advocacy group, the Humane Society of West Michigan, has its paws in the prize as well.

HSWM was selected as one of three non-profit organizations (Kids’ Food Basket and Friends of Grand Rapids Parks are the others) competing for proceeds netted from a $25,000 necklace, “The Grand,” entered as an ArtPrize exhibit.

The non-profit receiving the most online votes will receive 80 percent of the proceeds from the eBay auction of the necklace. The other two organizations will split the other 20 percent.

So far, HSWM is off to a spectacular start with 57 percent of the vote! To vote for HSWM or one of the other non-profits, go to grandrapidsgem.com and click … yes, it’s that easy! You can vote once per day until Oct. 8, so tell your friends.

For those who want to see the necklace in person, it’s on display at ArtPrize venue Craft Revival. Photos of the necklace, which include icons of the city of Grand Rapids, also accompany a story on MLive.com.

There are a few other events happening around west Michigan, so be sure to check them out, too.

SATURDAY

Harborfront Dog Wash: From 1 to 4 p.m. at the Harborfront Hospital for Animals parking lot, 807 W. Savidge, Spring Lake. In the event of inclement weather, the dog wash will move indoors! Also includes a bake sale. A suggested $10 donation will benefit Love Inc. and HHFA friends Jim and Pam Koop and Brenda Blahnik. All dogs get a bandana and a treat once they ‘re spiffed up!

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The Dushanes benefit concert: Next Friday, the popular local alternative country band is putting on a show to benefit the Bellwether Harbor animal shelter and training facility in Fremont. The event is from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at Bellwether, 7645 West 48th St. in Fremont. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the gate. Food provided by Smokin’ Good Time BBQ. For tickets, call 231-924-9230. Please note Bellwether’s hours on their website, bellwetherharbor.org.

ONGOING

ASPCA/Rachael Ray $100K Challenge: Kent County Animal Shelter director Carly Luttmann reported a problem with their drive to “save” 300 more animals during the three-month Challenge than last year: KCAS keeps running out of adoptable kittens! It’s a great problem to have. Luttmann’s organization has adopted out 181 dogs and cats so far in the Challenge, which began Aug. 1 and runs through Oct. 31. That’s a 235 percent increase over the same period last year. They’ve “saved” a total of 377, including animals from KCAS transported to other facilities and adopted out as well as found animals returned to their owners via animal control officers. To check their progress and see pictures of all of the pets who found forever homes through the event, go to the official site, ICPawz.com or visit the IC Pawz Facebook page. Please note that IC Pawz is the official site of KCAS on Facebook. A Kent County Animal Shelter page has been created but is not part of the organization.

ArtPrize: There are a few exhibits that feature animals, including one I recently wrote about, Kent Ambler’s Running Dogs. Another exhibit worth checking out is Aimee Brumleve’s “Steps Toward Independence.” Brumleve used puppies from Paws with a Cause, the national organization headquartered here in Michigan that trains assistance dogs nationally for people with disabilities, to create the painting. Brumleve is the national breeding coordinator for PAWS, which encourages independence for people with disabilities by providing a lifetime of support with PAWS dogs.

 

Thanks to Rescue U, humane society animals get new digs

Ruby Ender, daughter of HSWM Executive Director Trudy Ender, shows off one of the tunnels on the new agility course at the facility. (Photos by Mary Ullmer)

We tend to joke that there are two seasons in Michigan, winter and construction. It’s clearly construction season, and not just on the roads.

The Humane Society of West Michigan announced recently it had received a $20,000 grant from Petfinder Foundation’s Rescue U for renovations. HSWM has had student volunteers from Grand Valley State University, Central Michigan University, Michigan State University, Grand Rapids Community College and Kettering University (in Flint) at its facility all week to perform the renovations.

A ramp and stairs with a platform (background) also are part of the agility course.

Among the upgrades and new additions to HSWM through the project: installation of recycled turf for the outdoor dog kennels (replacing pea gravel), an agility course for dogs in the fenced-in area behind the kennels and sound baffling in the kennel area that will significantly decrease the noise and create a better environment for the pets and visitors looking to adopt an animal.

Rescue U, started  by Bryna Donnelly in Pennsylvania, teamed with Groupon to raise funds for the dog agility course, which will give the dogs in HSWM’s a fun and stimulating exercise alternative.

The course includes donated tires, painted bright blue and used for agility tunnels, as well as a ramp treated with sand to reduce slippage, stairs with a platform, and weave poles.

Donnelly explained that many shelter dogs, like the three she adopted, aren’t accustomed to stairs and often are frightened of them when they get to their new home. Having shelter dogs work on going up and down stairs on the agility course will help relieve that fear. Likewise, volunteers walking the dogs through the weave poles will get them used to walking on a leash at a comfortable pace while also teaching them to heel.

These dogs will have new activities and more comfortable dog runs while they’re in the care of the humane society and awaiting their new forever home.

The gravel previously used in the dog runs, Donnelly said, was getting too hot for dogs’ pads during the summer months. The turf runs get warm, but not too hot, she said, and it’s more comfortable on the pads as well as the joints as dogs run through the area.

Rescue U completes the project today, which means HSWM animals can soon take advantage of their new digs.

If you’d like to learn more about Rescue U or make a donation to the organization, be sure to check out its website.

Cash for Crash’s

Meanwhile, Crash’s Landing will do a bit of construction of its own. While it didn’t win the $45,000 grand prize in the Erhardt Construction Building Our Community Project — that went to San Juan Diego Academy for structural repairs to its building — Crash’s was third runner-up and will receive a cash donation of $1,500.

Crash’s Landing, a cat rescue group that assists discarded, abused and neglected cats, had hoped to win the top prize to remodel a room at the shelter and turn it into a medical treatment room. Most of the cats (an estimated 85 percent) that Crash’s takes in are sick or injured, and the facility is in need of an on-site treatment room.

While the $1,500 it receives from Erhardt won’t cover the cost of a treatment room, Crash’s Landing no doubt appreciates the donation.

 

BISSELL Blocktail Party grants announced: $163,650 shared by recipients

A  whole lot of dogs and cats, and those who care about their well being, are a whole lot happier today. Eleven animal welfare organizations in the Greater Grand Rapids area received word on their BISSELL Blocktail Grant applications, and the dollar amounts they’ll receive are staggering.

Daisy the dachshund was the 2011 “Blockstar” and attended this year’s BISSELL Blocktail Party as well. (Photo/Yvonne Reames)

This year’s BISSELL Blocktail Party, held on June 13 at Mangiamo!, set a record by raising $187,000. More than 800 people attended Blocktail, another record. Proceeds from the event ($163,650 after expenses) benefited the BISSELL Pet Foundation, which then distributed the money to the organizations applying for grants. Included in the event’s expenses were the $1,000 donations made to each of 10 Blocktail “party partners” before the event even took place.

Many of the groups receiving grants couldn’t dream of raising the amount they received from BPF in a single fundraiser. The BISSELL Pet Foundation should be applauded for coming to the aid of these hard-working organizations who are on the front lines fighting pet overpopulation and promoting pet adoption through shelters and rescues.

“The West Michigan community never fails to stand behind a great cause, and this event shows that we believe pets are important, too,” Cathy Bissell, event co-chair and founder of the BISSELL Pet Foundation, said in a news release announcing the final dollar amounts.  “The community really pulled together to make this our best year yet.  We are overwhelmed with appreciation from the outpouring of support.  Every year, local sponsors and donors help to make this a unique event, and this year was no different.  We’re so thankful for everyone’s generosity.”

The Kent County Animal Shelter received a whopping $41,000 grant, while C-SNIP, which offers low-cost spaying and neutering services, received $30,000.

“It’s exicitng to be recognized by BISSELL as the solution to pet overpopulation,” said Pat Schoen, executive director of C-SNIP.  “They’re the first local corporation that has really stepped up to the challenge and has recognized those organizations that are addressing pet overpopulation and adoptions.”

Schoen said $15,000 of C-SNIP’s grant will go toward her organization’s BISSELL Big Paws Fund, which will help offset the cost of spay/neuter surgery for dogs 60 pounds or more. Another $10,000 will go to the community spay/neuter assistance fund for smaller dogs and cats, and the remaining $5,000 will assist rescue organizations who bring dogs and cats to C-SNIP for spay/neuter services.

Schoen said now that C-SNIP has some funding, the challenge is to get people through their doors.

“Today, we had seven no-shows with dogs and 10 no-shows with cats,” she said Monday. “That’s 17 people who had appointments today that didn’t show up. We run on a 12 percent no-show rate. We have the money, now it’s a matter of getting clients in.”

Here’s the breakdown of all 11 BISSELL Blocktail grant recipients and the amount they received, according to BISSELL’s news release:

Kent County Animal Shelter received $41,000 to support their adoption efforts through the upcoming ASPCA and Rachel Ray $100K Challenge that takes place from August to October.  In addition, the grant money will be used to help with spay/neuter costs for stray pets that are being reclaimed by their owners.

Community Spay Neuter Initiative Partnership (C-SNIP) received $30,000 to fund programs aimed at subsidizing sterilization surgeries for low-income families and local rescue groups.

Vicky’s Pet Connection was awarded $27,000 to initiate a community microchip and ID tag program and help support programs that provide care and treatment to “at-risk” animals that are rescued from local shelters.

Humane Society of West Michigan received $21,600 to fund monthly adoption promotions, including subsidies to support low-cost adoption of senior pets, and to support their live-saving efforts with animal transfer and microchipping.

Carol’s Ferals was granted $12,000 to support their TNR (trap-neuter-return) program for feral cat populations and to provide appropriate equipment needed to care for their adoptable cats.

Crash’s Landing and Big Sid’s Sanctuary received $10,000 to support their Humane Education and Adoption Programs and to provide food and supplies for cats in their care.

Mackenzie’s Foundation received $10,000 to purchase needed equipment for a planned on-site veterinary clinic.

Safe Haven Humane Society was awarded $5,000 to create a dog training program for their adopters and to support a free spay/neuter program for female cats and their litters.

Reuben’s Room Cat Rescue received $4,000 to provide care and treatment for cats in their care, with funds targeted to supporting the special needs of senior cats.

Bellwether Harbor was given $2,050 in needed funding to help advance their microchipping program.

MidAmerica Border Collie Rescue received $1,000 to purchase a requested microchip kit and additional microchips for adoptable pets in their care.

Congratulations to all the organizations and a big thank you for all they do for animals.