Home for more than 1,900 animals from 57 shelters across Michigan now is beyond the confines of cages.

The BISSELL Pet Foundation and its partners covered all adoption fees during its "Empty the Shelters" event Saturday, Oct. 22, with hundreds of dogs and cats picked up by new families -- the largest free event in Michigan, according to a news release.

The foundation's goal was to surpass 1,200 adoptions. At more than 1,900, that goal is smashed.

“What an amazing day!" said Cathy Bissell, founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation in the release. "We are overjoyed and beyond excited to see thousands of homeless pets from all over the state get a second chance at life.

“... Together we emptied Michigan’s shelters and saved lives! This is landmark day in the animal welfare world.”