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Empty the Shelters event May 5-9 helps pets find homes

Savanna at Dorchester PAWS

Savanna is one of the dogs available for adoption at Dorchester PAWS. 

After successfully finding forever homes for 18,359 pets in 2020 alone, Bissell Pet Foundation is again aiming to Empty the Shelters by sponsoring reduced adoption fees of $25 or less at 200 participating shelters and rescues in 36 states May 5-9. 

Berkeley Animal Center in Moncks Corner, the Charleston Animal Society in North Charleston and Dorchester PAWS Summerville are all participating in the four-day Empty the Shelters event. 

The pet foundation makes adoption affordable and reimburses shelters for every pet adopted during the event to help cover spay/neuter, microchipping, vaccination, and other costs of care. Since 2016, BPF has expanded its ETS reach from 24 shelters in 1 state to 365 shelters in 43 states + Canada. The foundation is seeking donations to continue to expand ETS to more areas, and 100% of contributions will go directly to fund pet adoptions: www.bissellpetfoundation.org/empty-the-shelters-donations.

Bissell Pet Foundation's mission to find every pet a loving home is the driving force behind Empty the Shelters. In 2016, BPF created this reduced-fee adoption event to make an immediate impact on the nation's ongoing pet homelessness problem. Since then, this program has encouraged prospective pet owners to consider adoption as their first option when bringing a pet into their family, as there are so many deserving animals waiting to be loved. About 49,360 pets have found homes from this program’s efforts.

Empty the Shelters is BPF’s biggest program and grows through donor support.  

“The national Empty the Shelters event in May will be our largest yet, and as a small foundation, we are incredibly proud to see the growth of this program as we continue to expand its impact,” said Cathy Bissell, Founder of Bissell Pet Foundation. “Empty the Shelters not only helps our shelter partners free up space in their facilities, but it places pets in permanent homes. It’s a win-win for everyone involved…our partners, adopters, and most importantly, the pets.”

BPF will also honor foster-to-adopt cases that start as fosters during May 5-9 and are finalized up to one week after the event.

BPF urges families to do their research prior to May 5, as many participating organizations are still operating under restricted protocols and procedures. For more information on adopting for donating to Empty the Shelters, visit www.bissellpetfoundation.org/ets.

Interested adopters are encouraged to visit www.bissellpetfoundation.org/ets for their local shelter’s participation guidelines and COVID hours.

BISSELL Pet Foundation is a charitable 501©(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to help reduce the number of animals in shelters through pet adoption, spay/neuter programs, 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. BPF has since partnered with over 5,250 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.