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BISSELL Pet Foundation (BPF) in partnership with Code 3 Associates has launched the BISSELL Pet Foundation National Shelter Alliance. This new approach to shelter networking will provide service and support for animal shelters facing a variety of urgent needs.

Currently, the shelter alliance partners with 5,000 animal welfare organizations. Among them is the Ark-Valley Humane Society. The BPF National Shelter Alliance will provide a collective voice for animal shelters across Colorado.

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.

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The BPF National Shelter Alliance program will support Code 3 Associates with the placement of animals from cruelty and disaster situations. The program will also work to prepare shelters for disaster planning and response. In addition, network shelter partners will provide opportunities for overwhelmed shelters, make training accessible for all shelters, and empower shelter staff by providing resources and referrals during crises.

Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation, Cathy Bissell explained,  “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. 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 mentorship.”

Executive Director of Code 3 Associates, Eric Thompson said “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. Code 3 and BPF are combining efforts to build stronger, disaster-capable communities for people and their pets.”