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Frequently Asked Questions

Empty the Shelter FAQ

Where can I find what shelters are participating?

Visit the Empty the Shelters page to see a list and map of participating organizations.

Where are BISSELL Pet Foundation’s shelters?

BISSELL Pet Foundation does not have a shelter or animals available for adoption. We fund shelters across the country.

Can you help me find a specific breed of pet?

We are a small team, and unfortunately, do not have the resources to assist with individual requests. However, there are many breed-specific rescues that can be located by a Google search for “[breed] rescue, [state].” You can also work with your local humane society or animal shelter for assistance locating the type of pet you are looking for.

What breeds are available for adoption?

Almost every breed you can think of can be found for adoption!

Do I have to pay for anything during Empty the Shelters?

You are required to pay up to a $25 adoption fee during Empty the Shelters. You are also responsible for paying any dog licensing fees (varies by county).

When is the next Empty the Shelters event in my area?

Stay tuned on Facebook for the next ETS announcement! We are continuing to expand this event and love to receive recommendations of areas that could benefit. Please email your recommendation of city/state to info@bissellpetfoundation.org.

Why do some participating locations not include puppies and kittens?

Each participating shelter chooses which pets will participate in Empty the Shelters; we do not limit due to age, breed, etc. Because older dogs and cats are often overlooked for puppies, many shelters choose to use this event to bring exposure to the dogs and cats that have been with them the longest – giving the older pets the chance to find their forever home.

Some locations will have puppies available, but you would need to contact them to find out. Puppies tend to go quickly though at all locations, so we encourage you to adopt early if you are considering a specific puppy!

What is the adoption process? Where can I fill out an adoption application?

You must contact the participating shelter to complete their adoption application. You do not need to register with BISSELL Pet Foundation, just the shelter.

Where can I see what pets are available for adoption?

Please visit the website of the participating organization to view their available pets – a list of participating locations can be found on the Empty The Shelters page.

What time is the event?

Event time varies by location – visit the Empty The Shelters page to view locations & event times.

Some shelters say “pre-approval only” – what does that mean?

“Pre-approval” means you must complete an adoption application and be approved to adopt prior to Empty the Shelters. Please contact the organization you wish to adopt from for more information.

Do I need to complete an adoption application for each location I go to?

We encourage you to apply at each shelter – each location can have a different application process, and you’ll want to make sure to fulfill those requirements so you’ll be all set for the event.

What are rental checks and vet checks?

Rental checks are the process of confirming if your landlord will allow you to have a pet in your home. If you are a homeowner, some shelters/rescues will ask for proof of homeownership. This is to ensure that your pet will not be returned due to rental restrictions.

Vet checks are the process of confirming that your current pets are up-to-date on vaccines, and/or that you have a veterinary relationship in place to ensure that your newly adopted pet is kept happy and healthy.

Current Partners for Pets

Has any of your organization’s contact information changed? If so, please submit a Partner Information Update form.

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