BISSELL Pet Foundation ‘Empty The Shelters’ Oct. 1-8

BISSELL Pet Foundation has announced its Fall National ‘Empty the Shelters’ reduced-fee adoption event Oct. 1-8. Courtesy/BISSELL Pet Foundation


The nation’s animal shelters are overburdened, putting healthy, adoptable pets at risk.

Factors such as increased owner surrenders due to the economy and the housing and rental crisis, as well as staffing and resource issues, have created a dire situation for the nation’s pets.

As a result, BISSELL Pet Foundation is sponsoring reduced adoption fees of $50 or less during its Fall National “Empty the Shelters” reduced-fee adoption event. Oct. 1-8, BISSELL Pet Foundation aims to take thousands of deserving pets from shelter kennels to the couches of loving homes.

This effort has helped more than 117,716 pets find loving homes, making “Empty the Shelters” the largest funded adoption event in the country. During each nationwide event, BISSELL Pet Foundation sponsors reduced adoption fees so shelters can charge $50 or less to take deserving pets from kennels to the couches of loving homes.

The “Empty the Shelters” event will be hosted at 280+ organizations in 42 states.

Note: Participation dates vary by shelter. Not every shelter is participating for the full event. Potential adopters are encouraged to visit the “Empty the Shelters” website to find the nearest participating shelter and confirm their adoption day details. 

280+ shelters in 42 states are participating! 

View the Interactive map to view all participants.

“It has been a challenging year for our nation’s animal shelters. The devastating increase in owner surrenders has left thousands of socialized, house-trained and leash-trained pets desperate to find a home,” Cathy Bissell said, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. “Our fall ‘Empty the Shelters’ will support the adoption of thousands of pets across the country, helping shelters in this critical time. Opening your home to a shelter pet saves a life and creates space to give another pet a chance.”

Below are some additional facts about BISSELL Pet Foundation:

  • BISSELL Pet Foundation was founded in 2011 by Cathy Bissell;
  • “Empty the Shelters” is the largest funded adoption event and has helped 117,615 pets find homes in 47 states and Canada since its inception in 2016;
  • “Empty the Shelters” provides reduced adoption fees at shelters, typically ranging from $0 to $50 per animal adoption; and
  • The nation’s shelters are overburdened and need community support. Please consider fostering or donating if you are unable to add a pet to your family.

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