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September 2021

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ARE Animal Rescue Receives $4,995 Spay & Neuter Grant from BISSELL Pet Foundation 

Funds will help reduce homeless pet population in Riverside County, Ca


Hemet 9-19-21– ARE Animal Rescue has been awarded a $4,995 grant from BISSELL Pet Foundation (BPF) for spay and neuter procedures both at the shelter and at our partner spay/neuter bus. 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 ARE Animal Rescue Inc.,  to help protect and save animal 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.”  


These funds will be used to assist our organization by:

  • Completing spay/neuter on 120 cats

  • Completing spay/neuter on 57 dogs


Amber Schlieder, Founder and Executive Director of ARE Animal Rescue Inc. said, “People want to do the right thing by spaying and neutering their pets.  Sadly the truth is the cost is high and the availability is low.  This results in unwanted litters of puppies and kittens and shelters overflowing with animals needing homes.  Prevention of unwanted litters is the key to breaking the homeless pet cycle.  This grant will help a tremendous number of animals by providing what we consider to be a life saving surgery.”  


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 every year. To learn more, visit   



About BISSELL Pet Foundation

BISSELL Pet Foundation exists to support animal welfare organizations and provide resources to underserved communities. This includes helping to reduce the number of animals in shelters and rescues through pet adoption, spay/neuter programs, vaccinations, microchipping, and emergency support. Founded in 2011 by Cathy Bissell, BPF is an extension of her long-standing love for animals and commitment to their welfare. BISSELL Pet Foundation has since partnered with more than 5,300 shelters and rescues across the U.S. and Canada to help pets find loving homes. The foundation is supported by generous donors and BISSELL Homecare, Inc where every purchase saves pets. To learn more, visit

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