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Until Every Pet Has a Home
Adoption saves two lives – the pet who is adopted, and the one who takes their place in the shelter. “Click on an event below to view the full recap
August 16 – 22, 2021
1,875 pets adopted - 3,750 lives saved
In an effort to help shelters across the country, BISSELL Pet Foundation teamed up with 97 shelter partners in 29 states to reduce adoption fees and find forever homes for pets all over the country. This event was dedicated to ensuring large dogs, adult cats, and senior dogs were adopted into loving homes.
We are proud to announce this Emergency Empty the Shelters found homes for 1,875 pets – 804 cats + 1071 dogs and created much-needed space for overcrowded shelters!
July 7 – 11, 2021
5,908 pets adopted - 11,816 lives saved
On July 7-11, BISSELL Pet Foundation teamed up with 186 shelter partners in 45 states to reduce adoption fees and find forever homes for pets all over the country. We are proud to announce this was a record-breaking Empty the Shelters with a total of 5,908 pets adopted – 3,430 cats + 2,478 dogs.
May 5 – 9, 2021
4,374 pets adopted - 8,748 lives saved
Over 5 days, BISSELL Pet Foundation partnered with 200 shelter and rescue organizations in 37 states to sponsor adoptable animals at a reduced adoption fee during Empty the Shelters. BISSELL Pet Foundation covers the cost of all adoptions except for $25. We’re proud to announce that 4,374 pets found furever homes – 2,024 cats and kittens and 2,350 dogs and puppies.
December 9 – 13, 2020
4,470 pets adopted - 8,940 lives saved
On December 9-13, BPF intended to bring holiday hope to homeless pets across the country with its Empty the Shelters – Holiday Hope event. BPF supported 169 shelters in 34 states making it BPF’s largest event to date! Through this event, 4,470 homeless pets found forever homes for the holidays and 273 pets went into foster care, with intentions to become foster failures. Families had the opportunity to save a life by choosing adoption, fostering, or making a contribution to the ETS fund to continue BPF’s goal to find loving homes for shelter pets.
October 1 – 4, 2020
3,936 pets adopted - 7,872 lives saved
On October 1-4, BISSELL Pet Foundation teamed up with 160 shelter partners in 33 states to reduce adoption fees and find forever homes for 3,936 homeless pets during Empty the Shelters. Families had the opportunity to save a life by choosing adoption, foster or making a contribution to the ETS fund to continue BPF’s goal to find loving homes for shelter pets.
July 10 – 12, 2020
3,284 pets adopted - 6,568 lives saved
Over 3 days, BISSELL Pet Foundation partnered with 159 shelter and rescue organizations in 33 states to sponsor adoptable animals at a reduced adoption fee during Empty the Shelters. BISSELL Pet Foundation covers the cost of all adoptions except for $25. We’re proud to announce that 3,284 pets found furever homes – 1,946 cats and kittens and 1,338 dogs and puppies. In addition, 172 pets entered foster-to-adopt homes.
May 9 – 17, 2020
2,906 pets adopted - 5,812 lives saved
March 19 – April 8, 2020
3,325 pets adopted - 6,650 lives saved
December 13 – 14, 2019
3,504 pets adopted - 7,008 lives saved
BPF ended 2019 with another heartwarming Empty the Shelters event on December 13 and 14. With 121 organizations participating in 25 states, over 3,500 pets found loving homes just in time for the holidays. Cathy Bissell and the BPF team traveled to Detroit to highlight one of the many shelters in need with YouTube sensation, Rocky Kanaka.
October 12, 2019
3,585 pets adopted - 7,170 lives saved
On Saturday, October 12, BISSELL Pet Foundation set out to find homes for pets across the country. 131 organizations in 26 states participated in this Empty the Shelters adoption event, which resulted in 3,585 adoptions. Adopters paid $25 to adopt a pet who was microchipped, up-to-date on vaccines and spayed/neutered while BPF sponsored the remaining fees. On this special day, Cathy Bissell and her team hosted 10 Michigan area locations at BISSELL headquarters in Grand Rapids.