BISSELL Pet Foundation in Partnership with Arizona Humane Society
A national network of shelters come together to prepare communities for disaster and save the lives of pets
BISSELL Pet Foundation (BPF), in partnership with Code 3 Associates and the Arizona Humane Society, has launched the BISSELL Pet Foundation National Shelter Alliance. This new progressive approach to shelter networking will provide service and support for animal shelters facing a variety of urgent needs. The BPF National Shelter Alliance is unique in that it provides shelters with consistent access to crisis management and stabilization. Shelters that lack resources are connected with state and regional shelters before, during, and after a crisis. While there is no specific plan that can fit every shelter, strong local and regional partners will allow the program to remain nimble.
The BPF National Shelter Alliance program will support Code 3 Associates with placement of animals from cruelty and disaster situations; as well as work to prepare shelters for disaster planning and response. In addition, network shelter partners, like the Arizona Humane Society, will provide opportunities for overwhelmed shelters, make training accessible for all shelters, and empower shelter staff by providing resources and referrals during crises.
“While we are embarking on an exciting time in animal welfare with many shelters no longer euthanizing for space, BISSELL Pet Foundation is focused on shelters that remain overwhelmed,” said Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. “Together, with Code 3 Associates and our incredible BPF National Shelter Alliance partners, we will break down the remaining barriers impacting pet homelessness that include disaster preparedness and vital training and mentor-ship.”
“Code 3 Associates is excited to partner with BPF on this program to help achieve one of our mission goals of making a real difference for shelters at the boots-on-the-ground level”, said Eric Thompson, Executive Director of Code 3 Associates. “Code 3 and BPF are combining efforts to build stronger, disaster capable communities for people and their pets.”
AHS has joined the network to work with local and national organizations and create a collaborative platform to empower animal shelters, support existing programs where needed, and seek to make connections that strengthen state and regional networks. The BPF National Shelter Alliance will provide a collective voice for animal shelters across Arizona.
“As the state’s designated responder for animals in distress during natural disasters, AHS is honored to expand our efforts to provide training, resources and referrals to other organizations in our state,” said Tracey Miller, Arizona Humane Society Field Operations Manager. “In an emergency, there is nothing more critical than groups working together for both pets and people and this program is a certainly a testament to that collaboration.”