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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

Pennsylvania SPCA

November 12, 2017

85 pets adopted - 170 lives saved

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Pennsylvania SPCA

The Pennsylvania SPCA proved that just one day and one location can make a difference! On November 12, 2017, Empty the Shelters saved lives in Lancaster and made a big impact on the area’s homeless pet population. Families in the Lancaster community embraced the opportunity to adopt a furry friend and the pets happily received their first experience in a loving home!

85 pets adopted

170 lives saved

Read the Adoption Stories

Thank you to the shelters who participated!

Michigan

October, 14, 2017

2,097 pets adopted - 4,194 lives saved

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Michigan

On October 14, 2017, Empty the Shelters made tails wag across the Mitten State as thousands of pets started new lives in happy homes. 75+ shelters participated in BPF’s largest event to-date, breaking the record for a one-day adoption event. It was raining (cats and dogs!) but that didn’t stop families from coming out to save a life. Empty the Shelters adopters are confirming that “adoption is the best option” for families in Michigan.

2,097 pets adopted

4,194 lives saved

Read the Adoption Stories

Thank you to the shelters who participated!

  • Adopt-A-Pet, Inc.
  • Al-Van Humane Society
  • Alcona Humane Society
  • Almost Home Animal Rescue League
  • Arenac County Animal Control
  • AuCaDo Rescue Mid-Michigan
  • Barry County Animal Shelter
  • Bay County Animal Control
  • Benzie County Animal Control
  • Bottle Babies Rescue
  • Broome County Humane
  • Cannonsville Critters
  • Capital Area Humane Society
  • Cascades Humane Society
  • Cass County Animal Control
  • Cat Tales Rescue of Muskegon
  • Charlevoix Area Humane Society
  • Cheboygan County Humane Society
  • Cherryland Humane Society
  • Clare County Animal Shelter
  • Cober’s Canine Rescue
  • Companion Cats, Inc.
  • Copper Country Humane Society
  • Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary
  • Delta Animal Shelter
  • Detroit Animal Welfare Group
  • Do Only Good Animal Rescue
  • Family Paws Rescue
  • Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit
  • Chicago Animal Care and Control
  • Friends of Detroit Animal Care and Control
  • Genesee County Animal Control
  • Gladwin County Animal Shelter
  • Gratiot Animals in Need
  • Harbor Humane Society
  • Hearts of Hope Dog Rescue
  • Heaven Can Wait Animal Haven
  • Humane Animal Treatment Society
  • Humane Society and Animal Rescue of Muskegon County
  • Humane Society of Midland County
  • Humane Society of Monroe County
  • Humane Society of West Michigan
  • Huron Humane Society
  • I Heart Dogs Rescue and Animal Haven
  • Ingham County Animal Control
  • Ionia County Animal Shelter
  • Kalamazoo Animal Rescue
  • Kent County Animal Shelter
  • Lawrence County Humane Society
  • Lenawee Humane Society
  • Little Traverse Bay Humane Society
  • Livingston County Animal Control and Shelter
  • Los Gatos Foster Animals
  • Macomb County Animal Control
  • Manistee County Humane Society/Homeward Bound Animal Shelter
  • Menominee Animal Shelter
  • Michigan Humane Society
  • Mid Michigan Humane Society
  • Missaukee Humane Society
  • New Hope Pet Rescue
  • Newaygo County Animal Shelter
  • Northwoods Animal Shelter
  • Oakland County Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center
  • Ogemaw County Humane Society
  • Otsego County Animal Shelter
  • Pet Angel Adoption & Rescue
  • Pet Tales Rescue
  • Pound Buddies
  • Sanilac County Humane Society
  • Saving Cats & Kittens in Michigan
  • Shiawassee Humane Society
  • St Clair County Sheriff Animal Control
  • Unleashed Love Pet Rescue
  • Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter
  • Van Buren County Animal Control
  • Wishbone Pet Rescue Alliance

Hurricane Relief

September 12-23, 2017

779 pets adopted - 1,558 lives saved

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Hurricane Relief

Empty the Shelters made it possible for shelter pets from Texas and Florida to find homes after devastating hurricanes hit two U.S. coasts. Pets from those states, who had been in shelters prior to the storms, needed to be adopted to make room for owned pets displaced by the hurricanes. Special thanks to BISSELL for helping BPF cover the adoption fees for all pets at the 15 participating locations in six states! We are grateful for the shelters and adopters for saving these pets who had survived both homelessness and a hurricane!

779 pets adopted

1,558 lives saved

Read the Adoption Stories

Thank you to the shelters who participated!

  • Coastal Pet Rescue
  • Fredericksburg Regional SPCA
  • FurEver Fosters
  • Harbor Humane Society
  • Humane Society of West Michigan
  • Humane Society of Midland County
  • Kentucky Humane Society
  • Lexington Humane Society
  • Little Traverse Bay Humane Society
  • Mid Michigan Humane Society
  • Muskegon Humane Society
  • Cat
  • Ulster County SPCA
  • Van Buren County Animal Control
  • Young-Williams Animal Center

New York

September, 126, 2017

577 pets adopted - 1,154 lives saved

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New York

From the Big Apple to Buffalo, Empty the Shelters helped pets across the Empire State get the second chance they deserve on September 16, 2017! This was BPF’s first event in New York State and the results were outstanding with 30+ shelters participating and families embracing the opportunity to adopt. It was a critical time to empty the state’s shelters to make room for pets who had been impacted by natural disasters in other parts of the country.

577 pets adopted

1,154 lives saved

Read the Adoption Stories

Thank you to the shelters who participated!

  • Animal Care Centers of NYC
  • Animalkind
  • Anjellicle Cats Rescue
  • Bideawee
  • Broome County Humane
  • Chenango County SPCA
  • Clopon’s Safe Haven Rescue
  • Central New York SPCA
  • Dutchess County SPCA
  • Empty Cages Collective
  • Humane Society of Schuyler County
  • Humane Society of Walden
  • Humane Society of Westchester
  • Humane Society of Yates County
  • Last Chance Animal Rescue
  • Last Hope, Inc.
  • Long Beach Humane Society
  • North Shore Animal League America, Inc.
  • Pawz and Purrz Animal Rescue
  • Posh Pets Rescue
  • SPCA of Tompkins County
  • SPCA Serving Erie County
  • Tanner’s P.A.W.S.
  • Ten Lives Club
  • Town of Saugerties Animal Shelter
  • Verona Street Animal Society

Phoenix, Arizona

July 22, 2017

950 pets adopted - 1,900 lives saved

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Phoenix, Arizona

The temperatures were hot and the adoptions were even hotter when Empty the Shelters headed to the Valley of the Sun helping 1000+ pets make July 22, 2017, their “Gotcha Day.” Thanks to PetSmart Charities, who supported BPF to make an even bigger impact in the Phoenix area, Empty the Shelters provided needed relief at a very difficult time of year when the area’s shelters were filled to capacity. This positive event helped Maricopa County families understand the importance of adoption in ending pet homelessness.

950 pets adopted

1,900 lives saved

Read the Adoption Stories

Thank you to the shelters who participated!

  • Arizona Humane Society
  • AZ Center for Animal Rescue and Education
  • Buckeye Animal Rescue
  • Cooper’s Chance Animal Rescue
  • Follow Your Heart Animal Rescue
  • Foothills Animal Rescue
  • Maricopa County Animal Care & Control
  • Ruby Ranch Pet Rescue and Sanctuary
  • Saving Orphan Souls Rescue
  • Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue
  • Sunshine Dog Rescue
  • Valley Dogs Rescue

Michigan

April 29th, 2017

1,571 pets adopted - 3,142 lives saved

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Michigan

Empty the Shelters helped thousands of pets from 66 shelters throughout the state of Michigan find their forever families on April 29, 2017. It was BPF’s biggest Empty the Shelters to-date and was particularly memorable as being the event when Eastwood, “the last dog in the shelter”, went viral. Eastwood, who was adopted by the Detroit Pistons’ head coach Stan Van Gundy, put Empty the Shelters in the national headlines with his heartwarming story. It was a wonderful, and much-deserved, spotlight on the importance of adoption.

1,571 pets adopted

3,142 lives saved

Read the Adoption Stories

Thank you to the shelters who participated!

  • Happy Hearts Feline Rescue
  • Harbor Humane Society
  • Heaven Can Wait Animal Haven
  • Humane Animal Treatment Society
  • Humane Society and Animal Rescue of Muskegon County
  • kelly-ryan
  • Humane Society of Midland County
  • Humane Society of Monroe County
  • Humane Society of West Michigan
  • Huron Humane Society
  • Ingham County Animal Control
  • Jackson County Animal Shelter
  • Kalamazoo Animal Rescue
  • Kent County Animal Shelter
  • Lenawee Humane Society
  • Little Traverse Bay Humane Society
  • Livingston County Animal Control and Shelter
  • Los Gatos Foster Animals
  • Macomb County Animal Control
  • Menominee Animal Shelter
  • Michele’s Rescue
  • Michigan Pit Bull Education Project
  • Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue
  • Missaukee Humane Society
  • Montcalm County Animal Control
  • New Hope Pet Rescue
  • Newaygo County Animal Shelter
  • Northwoods Animal Shelter
  • Oakland County Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center
  • Otsego County Animal Shelter
  • Pet Angel Adoption & Rescue
  • Pound Buddies Animal Shelter and Adoption Center
  • Sanilac County Humane Society
  • Shiawassee Humane Society
  • SPCA of Southwest Michigan
  • Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter
  • Van Buren County Animal Control
  • Wishbone Pet Rescue Alliance

Northern California

March 18th, 2017

481 pets adopted - 962 lives saved

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Northern California

On March 18, 2017, the first large-scale Empty the Shelters on the west coast took place in Southern California. Over 20 organizations participated and California residents welcomed the opportunity to add pets to their families!

481 pets adopted

962 lives saved

Read the Adoption Stories

Thank you to the shelters who participated!

  • Friends of Alameda Animal Shelter
  • Berkeley Humane Society
  • Butte Humane Society
  • Contra Costa Humane Society
  • Countryside Rescue
  • Four Paws to Love
  • Green Dog Rescue Project
  • Haven Humane Society
  • Hayward Animal Shelter
  • Humane Society of the North Bay
  • Island Cat Resources and Adoption
  • Mendocino County Animal Care Services
  • Napa County Animal Shelter
  • Oakland Animal Services
  • Pets in Need
  • Sacramento SPCA
  • Sonoma Humane Society
  • The SPCA for Monterey County
  • Umbrella of Hope
  • Wonder Dog Rescue
  • Yuba County Animal Services

Multi-State

November 19th, 2016

246 pets adopted - 492 lives saved

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Multi-State

On November 19, 2016, Empty the Shelters took the show on the road, holding the first event outside of the state of Michigan. BPF knew the potential to impact pet homelessness across the nation and tested the waters at four shelters in four different states. The results were a success and paved the way for future Empty the Shelters across the country!

246 pets adopted

492 lives saved

Read the Adoption Stories

Thank you to the shelters who participated!

  • Lakeshore Humane Society
  • Start Over Rover
  • Ohana Animal Rescue
  • Lawrence County Humane Society

Michigan

October 22, 2016

1,969 pets adopted - 3,938 lives saved

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Michigan

BPF’s second Empty the Shelters was bigger and better than anyone could imagine! Building on the success of the first event, Empty the Shelters expanded across the entire state of Michigan and saved thousands of pets’ lives through adoption. This event helped BPF demonstrate that Empty the Shelters can significantly reduce pet homelessness, give hardworking shelter workers a needed boost, and share the incomparable love of shelter pets with Michigan’s families. Empty the Shelters is a win-win-win!

1,969 pets adopted

3,938 lives saved

Read the Adoption Stories

Thank you to the shelters who participated!

  • Al-Van Humane Society
  • All About Animals Rescue
  • Almost Home Animal Rescue League
  • Arenac County Animal Control
  • AuCaDo Rescue Mid-Michigan
  • Barry County Animal Shelter
  • Bay County Animal Control
  • Benzie County Animal Control
  • BestPals Animal Rescue Center
  • Cannonsville Critters
  • Capital Area Humane Society
  • Cascades Humane Society
  • Charlevoix Area Humane Society
  • Cheboygan County Humane Society
  • Cherryland Humane Society
  • Clare County Animal Shelter
  • Copper Country Humane Society
  • Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary
  • Delta Animal Shelter
  • Detroit Animal Care & Control
  • Eva Burrell Animal Shelter
  • Genesee County Animal Control
  • Gratiot Animals in Need
  • Gratiot County Animal Control
  • Happy Hearts Feline Rescue
  • Harbor Humane Society
  • Heaven Can Wait Animal Haven
  • Humane Society of West Michigan
  • Humane Animal Treatment Society
  • Humane Society of Midland County
  • Humane Society of Monroe County
  • Ingham County Animal Control
  • Jackson County Animal Shelter
  • Kalamazoo Animal Rescue
  • Kelley’s Heart to Heart Adoption Center
  • Kent County Animal Shelter
  • Lenawee Humane Society
  • Little Traverse Bay Humane Society
  • Livingston County Animal Control and Shelter
  • Macomb County Animal Control
  • Menominee Animal Shelter
  • Michele’s Rescue
  • Michigan Humane Society
  • Missaukee Humane Society
  • Montcalm County Animal Shelter
  • Muskegon Humane Society
  • Newaygo County Animal Shelter
  • Oakland County Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center
  • Pay It Forward Outreach
  • Pet Angel Adoption & Rescue
  • Pet Tales Rescue
  • Pound Buddies Animal Shelter and Adoption Center
  • Sanilac County Humane Society
  • SPCA of Southwest Michigan
  • Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter
  • Van Buren County Animal Control
  • Wishbone Pet Rescue Alliance

Michigan

May 07, 2016

600 pets adopted - 1,200 lives saved

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Michigan

BPF founder, Cathy Bissell, is determined to find a loving home for every pet. To make a bigger impact on the foundation’s home state’s homeless pet population, BPF launched Empty the Shelters on May 7, 2016. As BPF’s first one-day free adoption event, Empty the Shelters started small with 20 shelters in western Michigan participating. However, there was nothing small about the results! Michigan loved the adorable, adoptable pets available during Empty the Shelters and pets around the state rejoiced about the lifesaving program that was born!

600 pets adopted

1,200 lives saved

Read the Adoption Stories

Thank you to the shelters who participated!

  • All About Animals Rescue
  • Al-Van Humane Society
  • Barry County Animal Shelter
  • Cannonsville Critters
  • Capital Area Humane Society
  • Charlevoix Area Humane Society
  • Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary
  • Harbor Humane Society
  • Heaven Can Wait Animal Haven
  • Humane Society of Livingston County
  • Humane Society of West Michigan
  • Ingham County Animal Control
  • Ionia County Animal Control
  • Kalamazoo Animal Rescue
  • Kent County Animal Shelter
  • Little Traverse Bay Humane Society
  • Macomb County Animal Control
  • Montcalm County Animal Shelter
  • Muskegon Humane Society
  • Pet Tales Rescue
  • Pound Buddies Animal Shelter and Adoption Center
  • SPCA of Southwest Michigan
  • Van Buren County Animal Control
  • Wishbone Pet Rescue Alliance

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