Wonderful stories from EMPTY THE SHELTERS keep coming to us. So many lives were changed on May 7th—the pets that were adopted, the families giving them a second chance and the tireless workers who have made the second chance possible.
We’d like to share some of those stories, and we’d love to hear your story too!
Heaven Can Wait Animal Haven shared Scramble’s story with us. A husband and wife had just lost their dearly-loved, 15-year-old cat and weren’t thinking about getting a new pet, although the wife was ready. The husband brought his wife and son to EMPTY THE SHELTERS at BISSELL Headquarters telling her that they were just coming to visit with one of our volunteers. But her husband had a secret plan. He had hidden the cat carrier in the car unbeknownst to her and knew they would be coming home with a new family member. They looked over all the cats and talked about them and then her husband surprised her by telling her they were going to adopt Scramble, a beautiful little Tortie. It was a great surprise and happy ending for everyone!
Heaven Can Wait also shared an amazing story about Snow and Amaya. An awesome couple came in and said they wanted to adopt a cat that needed it the most. These selfless adopters wanted to make sure the neediest cat got a home. Every cat had a history that made it worthy of their attention. However, after hearing all the stories they decided to take Snow, a beautiful white and tabby mix. Then, they decided they could save two lives and also took Amaya, a very sweet calico that had raised a litter of kittens in a cold garage before she was rescued. What a great ending for both of these sweet girls thanks to the incredible adopting parents. You can tell by the way Amaya is looking up at her new owner in the picture that she knows they are going to a loving home.
Cooper had a great day at Wishbone in Allegan. A young couple from Pennsylvania was visiting Michigan for their niece’s prom in Detroit. They saw the advertisement for EMPTY THE SHELTERS and filled out an application the night before. Wishbone was able to process it first thing in the morning, including reaching both their references and landlord. When the couple arrived, they saw Cooper, a Beagle mix, being walked by one of the dog walkers and knew that was the dog they want to meet. Cooper had been a bit aloof with the staff, but when Cooper met the couple, it was love at first sight for both of them. Cooper ran to the man and his wife. As they visited in the adoption room, Cooper just melted at their feet. He is now home in Pennsylvania being loved as part of his new family.
Harbor Humane Society in West Olive is extremely grateful about Happy’s adoption. Happy is a Rottweiler-Boxer mix who had been in the shelter for over a year. It’s so hard for both the pets and their caretakers to have such an extended shelter stay, so this adoption filled everyone’s hearts with joy!