Funds will help reduce homeless pet population in Fort Collins, Colorado

Fort Collins, Colorado | October 1, 2021: Animal Friends Alliance has been awarded a $4,800 grant from BISSELL Pet Foundation (BPF) for spay and neuter procedures at its dog shelter and cat shelter. This dedicated grant will help reduce the homeless pet population by preventing unwanted litters of stray cats and dogs in the community.

With thousands of pets abandoned each year, proactive spay and neuter procedures address the root cause of animal overpopulation by preventing unwanted births, freeing up shelter space for pets in need, and saving pets from potential abandonment or euthanasia. BISSELL Pet Foundation awards thousands of dollars every year to shelters across the country, including Animal Friends Alliance, to help protect and save lives.

“We understand how important it is to support preventative efforts that allow our partners to save lives through safe spay and neuter procedures,” said Cathy Bissell, founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. “We also strongly encourage all pet owners to be responsible and have their pets sterilized to further ensure healthy pet populations.”

This grant will fund spay and neuter procedures for 160 shelter animals, preparing them to find adoptive families.  Since 2006, Animal Friends Alliance has made preventing pet homelessness a part of its mission and has found homes for over 33,000 cats and dogs. Each of these animals has been spayed or neutered, microchipped, and has received age-appropriate vaccines prior to adoption. Spaying and neutering animals prior to adoption reduces pet overpopulation and breaks the cycle of pet homelessness by preventing unplanned litters and keeping animals out of shelters.

“Every pet deserves a family,” said Sarah Swanty, Executive Director of Animal Friends Alliance. “We’re so grateful to BISSELL Pet Foundation for this grant that will help us prepare more cats and dogs to find loving homes.”

To date, BISSELL Pet Foundation has awarded more than thousands of dollars in dedicated spay and neuter grants to shelters throughout the United States and the world to help animal welfare organizations. In addition to spay and neuter grants, BISSELL Pet Foundation provides additional support to shelters across the country through sponsoring adoption events, heartworm grants, ground and air transports of shelter animals and more, impacting tens of thousands of animals each year. To learn more, visit www.bissellpetfoundation.org.