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
November 12, 2017
85 pets adopted - 170 lives saved
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!
October, 14, 2017
2,097 pets adopted - 4,194 lives saved
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.
September 12-23, 2017
779 pets adopted - 1,558 lives saved
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!
September, 126, 2017
577 pets adopted - 1,154 lives saved
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.
July 22, 2017
950 pets adopted - 1,900 lives saved
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.
April 29th, 2017
1,571 pets adopted - 3,142 lives saved
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.
March 18th, 2017
481 pets adopted - 962 lives saved
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!
November 19th, 2016
246 pets adopted - 492 lives saved
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!
October 22, 2016
1,969 pets adopted - 3,938 lives saved
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!
May 07, 2016
600 pets adopted - 1,200 lives saved
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!