After successfully placing 605 cats and dogs in loving homes during a one-day event in May 2016, BISSELL Pet Foundation’s EMPTY THE SHELTERS event is back, and is bigger and better!

On Oct. 22, more than 1000 pets are expected to find loving, forever homes.

The Grand Rapids-based non-profit will pay all adoption fees at 54 shelters and rescue organizations and will thank families for choosing adoption with the gift of an AdoptBox™.

“Most pets in shelters and rescues have never experienced a loving home and EMPTY THE SHELTERS will give so many pets the second chance they deserve,” says Cathy Bissell, founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation in a press release.

Millions of pets are abandoned or released to shelters and rescue organizations each year. In Michigan alone, approximately 40,000 pets are euthanized yearly because they are unable to find new homes. BISSELL Pet Foundation is dedicated to reducing these numbers through pet adoption, spay/neuter programs, microchipping and foster care. EMPTY THE SHELTERS will have a direct impact increasing adoption rates in Michigan.

Families that choose adoption on Oct. 22 will only be responsible for licensing fees, which vary by county from $7 to $12.

BISSELL Pet Foundation will take care of all adoption fees, which average $150 for dogs and $60 for cats.

“Our goal for EMPTY THE SHELTERS is to encourage people to choose adoption first,” Bissell notes. “We want to make it easy for pet owners both by sponsoring the adoption fee and by helping supply needed items for their pet’s future with AdoptBox.”

For more information about “EMPTY THE SHELTERS, including a list of participating shelters and rescue organizations, please go to

Courtesy: Bissell Pet Foundation