WHAT IS EMPTY THE SHELTERS?
BISSELL Pet Foundation knows shelters across the country struggle with overcapacity of wonderful companion animals who desperately need loving homes—that’s why we created our signature Empty the Shelters (ETS) adoption events. During these events, adopters pay a reduced adoption fee and BISSELL Pet Foundation provides reimbursement to shelters for adoption fees. By making adoption affordable for families and holding significant events with social media and press attention, we send the message that adoption is the best option for bringing a pet into a family.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
ETS events are typically held at multiple locations in a geographic area, or at hundreds of locations across the country, to shed light on adoption. BPF sets participating shelters up for success by providing event tips, social media graphics and other promotional materials.
HOW IS ETS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER ADOPTION EVENTS?
BPF helps maximize the number of adopted pets during ETS, however, we know it’s important that the right adopter is matched with the right pet, which is why your specific process for vetting potential adopters remains the same. In an effort to reduce the cycle of pet homelessness, we require that all pets included in this promotion be spayed/neutered and microchipped (chips should be registered before the pet goes home). We even follow-up with adopters!
BISSELL Pet Foundation provides grant funding to organizations for their event adoptions when the following requirements are met:
- Be a member of BPF’s Partners for Pets Program
- Various social media promotional requirements
- Attendance at two informational webinars
- General reporting
- Survey collection from your adopters
REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTICIPATING PETS:
- Microchipped (and registered to the new adopter before leaving your facility)
WHAT ROLE DOES BPF PLAY?
In addition to grant funding, BPF provides participating organizations with assets, including social media posts, surveys, flyers and a press release to keep messaging consistent. BPF also plays a role in promoting and advertising the event to help more adopters find their way to you.
- No reserving/holding pets
- No other sponsors permitted unless approved by BPF
- Utilizing line management processes such as pre-approval or by appointment only adoptions.
YOU + ETS = LIVES SAVED
BPF started Empty the Shelters in May of 2016 and has been working carefully to refine our program to create the best possible outcomes for pets, families and shelters. BPF has helped find homes for more than 40,000 pets in just over four years! We are thrilled that pet lovers across the country have embraced the opportunity to adopt during our events.