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Empty the Shelters

Empty Shelters = Full Hearts

Adoption saves two lives – the adopted pet and the one who takes their place in the shelter.

Finding a loving home for every pet is the ultimate goal of BISSELL Pet Foundation. As the nation’s largest funded adoption event, Empty the Shelters helps homeless pets find families by making adoption affordable for prospective pet owners. We do this by supporting participating organizations with reimbursement for each pet adopted. Adopters pay no more than $50 and local license fees.

Established in 2016, Empty the Shelters has helped over 138,000 pets find their loving families at participating shelters in 47 states and Canada. Events are held quarterly. Follow us on social media to see announcements for upcoming events. 

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Empty the Shelters Impact Since 2016

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Why We ❤️ Empty the Shelters

This lifesaving reduced-fee adoption event is a Win-Win-Win:

  • Adopters win because BPF pays the adoption fees allowing them to take home a fully vaccinated, microchipped and spayed or neutered pet who is ready to be loved for $50 or less (much more affordable than purchasing a pet!)
  • Shelters win because the pets they care about get a second chance when adoption fees are covered by BISSELL Pet Foundation.
  • And, most importantly, every pet wins by finding a loving home!

Find a Participating Shelter Near You

Empty the Shelters —Adopt a Valentine event takes place from February 9 – 15, 2023!

BISSELL Pet Foundation is spreading the love this Valentine’s Day by sponsoring reduced adoption fees. Please use the interactive map to find a participating location near you. Each organization follows its own adoption procedures — contact the shelter you are interested in adopting from before the event to find out their specific requirements, hours, and locations, view adoptable pets, etc.

All potential adopters are screened by qualified adoption counselors at every participating location to ensure each pet is matched with the right family.

Filter Shelters

After using the filters to narrow your search, select a pin on the map and click More Info to be directed to the shelter’s website to access their contact information, adoptable pets, hours and locations.

Shelter Name Location Pets Available Preapproval Deadline Notes
Al-Van Humane Society South Haven, MI Dogs and Cats 2/14/2023
Alcona Humane Society Lincoln, MI Dogs and Cats 2/14/2024
Bay County Animal Services & Adoption Center Bay City, MI Dogs and Cats 2/7/2023 EVENT WILL BE FEB 9TH- FEB 11TH WE WILL ACCEPT APPILCATIONS DURING EVENT TOO.
Big Lake Humane Society (The Muskegon Humane Society) Muskegon, MI Dogs and Cats 2/8/2023 Appointment only Tuesday-Friday, noon-4:30pm. LIMITED Walk-in Saturday from 11am-2pm.
Blue Water Area Humane Society (St Clair County Humane Society) Clyde, MI Dogs and Cats 2/11/2023
Capital Area Humane Society Lansing, MI Dogs and Cats
Cheboygan County Humane Society Cheboygan, MI Dogs and Cats Landlord & Vet checks (if you have animals) are required.
Clare County Animal Shelter Harrison, MI Dogs and Cats
Detroit Dog Rescue Saint Clair Shores, MI Dogs Only
Do Only Good Animal Rescue Rochester Hills, MI Dogs Only
Friends For Animals of Metro Detroit Dearborn, MI Dogs and Cats
Friends of Detroit Animal Care and Control Detroit, MI Dogs and Cats Please do not bring your current pets, just human family members.
Genesee County Animal Control Flint, MI Dogs and Cats You must make an appointment through messaging our Facebook page or calling 810-732-1660 ext 6
Greater Hillsdale Humane Society OSSEO, MI Dogs and Cats Pre-approval isn't required, but is recommended.
Harbor Humane Society West Olive, MI Dogs and Cats
Heaven Can Wait Animal Haven Ferrysburg, MI Cats Only
Houston Humane Society Houston, TX Dogs and Cats
Humane Animal Treatment Society Mount Pleasant, MI Dogs and Cats
Humane Society Of Midland County Midland, MI Dogs and Cats
Humane Society of West Michigan Grand Rapids, MI Dogs and Cats
Huron Humane Society Inc, Alpena Alpena, MI Dogs and Cats
Ingham County Animal Control & Shelter Mason, MI Dogs and Cats
Ionia County Animal Shelter Ionia, MI Dogs and Cats
Jackson County Animal Shelter jackson, MI Dogs and Cats
Kent County Animal Shelter Grand Rapids, MI Dogs and Cats
Lapeer County Animal Control Lapeer, MI Dogs and Cats
Lenawee Humane Society Adrian, MI Dogs and Cats We strongly encourage pre-approval of adoption application prior to event. Walkins will be served based on availability of staff.
Little Traverse Bay Humane Society Harbor Springs, MI Dogs and Cats
Livingston County Animal Control and Shelter Howell, MI Dogs and Cats
Macomb County Animal Control Clinton Twp, MI Dogs and Cats
Macomb County Humane Society DBA Humane Society of Macomb Utica, MI Dogs and Cats 2/15/2023
Montcalm County Animal Control Stanton, MI Dogs and Cats
Northwoods Animal Shelter Iron River, MI Dogs and Cats 2/8/2023
Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center Pontiac, MI Dogs and Cats
Sacramento SPCA Sacramento, CA Dogs and Cats
Saginaw County Animal Care & Control Saginaw, MI Dogs and Cats
Shiawassee County Humane Society Owosso, MI Dogs and Cats Adoption appointments are highly recommended.
SPCA of Southwest Michigan Kalamazoo, MI Dogs and Cats
St Clair County Animal Control Port Huron, MI Dogs and Cats Walk-ins welcome for cats. Appointments for dogs preferred but not required.
Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter, Inc. Tuscaloosa, AL Dogs and Cats
Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter (UPAWS) Gwinn, MI Dogs and Cats
West Michigan SPCA Dba Faithful To Felines Muskegon, MI Cats Only

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Adopted 2018

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