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BISSELL Pet Foundation Lends a Paw to Pet Community Center
Foundation Funds Pet Community Center’s Vital Work with Community Cats
NASHVILLE, TN, March 15, 2018: Pet Community Center is proud to announce it has received a $10,000 grant from the BISSELL Pet Foundation to fund its Community Cats Program. This program is based on the practice of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) – the most effective method to stop outdoor cats from continuing to reproduce by humanely trapping, spaying/neutering, vaccinating, and returning them to their territory. In addition to providing this humane solution to the overpopulation of outdoor-living cats, TNR also improves the health of these cats and reduces unwanted behaviors and nuisance complaints.
Thanks to BISSELL Pet Foundation, this year Pet Community Center has already provided vital spay/neuter services and important veterinary care to 163 community cats in Davidson County. This number will quickly grow, especially since warmer weather precedes kitten season, the time of year when cats give birth, flooding animal shelters and rescue groups across the nation with litters.
The funds from BISSELL Pet Foundation are behind success stories of people like Tina, who feeds community cats at her elderly mother’s house. She called Pet Community Center because there were so many cats and kittens outside and she knew they would keep reproducing rapidly. Between working and caring for her mother, money was tight – and Tina just didn’t have the funds to pay for the needed spay/neuter surgeries. Thanks to BISSELL Pet Foundation, Pet Community Center was able to fix the cats and kittens, who were then safely returned. Tina is grateful for the grant that helped her care for the cats and prevent more kittens from being born, and Pet Community Center is certainly grateful is as well.
Natalie Corwin, president and CEO of Pet Community Center, expressed gratitude for the Foundation grant. “BISSELL Pet Foundation’s support for our Community Cat Program will help us reach up to 2,500 Davidson County cats in 2018. Community cats produce the vast majority of kittens born each year. This program is humanely reducing the population of outdoor cats and keeping those cats healthier in the process,” she said.
BISSELL Pet Foundation founder Cathy Bissell said, “The greatest reward is to help our partners save thousands of animals’ lives each year by supporting their efforts. We hope to see the day when every pet has a loving, forever home.”
If anyone would like information about how to help community cats in their neighborhood, or for general information about the Community Cats Program, please call 615-928-6353 or go to https://petcommunitycenter.org/communitycats.
About Pet Community Center
Pet Community Center is a 501(c)(3) animal welfare organization created as a solution to pet overpopulation in Nashville and Middle Tennessee. We offer low-cost and free spay/neuter and pet wellness services at our East Nashville clinic, as well as wellness services through our mobile clinic. Through these programs, we’ve served more than 45,000 pets. Our programs are reaching the most at-risk pets in the Nashville area, preventing pet homelessness, and improving the quality of life for pets and people. Learn more at petcommunitycenter.org or facebook.com/petcommunitycenter.
About BISSELL Pet Foundation
The Bissell Pet Foundation provides financial assistance to animal welfare organizations with the goal of finding every pet a loving home. Since its inception, the foundation has given more than $4 million in support to organizations like Pet Community Center. For more information, visit www.bissellpetfoundation.org.