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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 nearly 118,000 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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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 Fall National event takes place from October 1 – 8, 2022!
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 prior to 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
Abilene Animal Services Abilene, TX Dogs and Cats
Al-Van Humane Society South Haven, MI Dogs and Cats 10/8/2022
Alcona Humane Society Lincoln, MI Dogs and Cats 10/1/2022
Alleghany Humane Society Covington, VA Dogs and Cats
Always & Furever Midwest Animal Sanctuary Spring Hill, KS Dogs and Cats 9/28/2022
Anderson County PAWS Anderson, SC Dogs and Cats
Animal Ark Rescue, Inc Columbus, GA Dogs and Cats
Animal Defense League of Texas San Antonio, TX Dogs and Cats
Animal Friends Humane Society Hamilton, OH Dogs and Cats
Animal Harbor Winchester, TN Dogs and Cats 10/8/2022
Animal House Shelter Huntley, IL Dogs and Cats 9/30/2022
Animal Rescue League Of Berks County Birdsboro, PA Dogs and Cats
Animal Welfare League Of Arlington Arlington, VA Dogs and Cats
Animal Welfare League Of Charlotte Co FL Inc Port Charlotte, FL Dogs and Cats
Animalkind Inc Hudson, NY Cats Only 10/2/2022
Arizona Animal Welfare League Phoenix, AZ Dogs and Cats
Arizona Humane Society Phoenix, AZ Dogs and Cats
Asheville Humane Society Inc. Asheville, NC Dogs and Cats
Athens Animal Rescue Shelter Malakoff, TX Dogs and Cats
Athens-Clarke County Animal Services Athens, GA Dogs and Cats
Baldwin County Humane Society FAIRHOPE, AL Cats Only 10/7/2022
Bartholomew County Humane Society Columbus, IN Dogs and Cats
Bay County Animal Services & Adoption Center BAY CITY, MI Dogs and Cats
Bayou Animal Services Dickinson, TX Dogs and Cats
Berkeley Humane Society Berkeley, CA Dogs and Cats
Blackfoot Animal Shelter & Rescue Blackfoot, ID Dogs and Cats
Blue Water Area Humane Society (St Clair County Humane Society) Clyde, MI Dogs and Cats 10/5/2022
Boone Area Humane Society Boone, IA Dogs and Cats
Bowling Green/Warren County Humane Society Bowling Green, KY Dogs and Cats
Breckinridge County Animal Shelter hardinsburg, KY Dogs and Cats
Brookhaven Animal Rescue League Brookhaven, MS Dogs and Cats
Broome County Humane Society & Relief Association Binghamton, NY Dogs and Cats 9/30/2022
Cabot Animal Shelter Cabot, AR Dogs and Cats
CARE STL St. Louis, MO Dogs and Cats
Cat Adoption Team Sherwood, OR Cats Only
CATNIP Foundation At Big Sky Ranch Folsom, LA Dogs and Cats 10/1/2022
Cedar Valley Humane Society Cedar Rapids, IA Dogs and Cats
Charleston Animal Society North Charleston, SC Dogs and Cats
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control Charlotte, NC Dogs and Cats
Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA Charlottesville, VA Dogs and Cats
Chatham Sheriff Animal Resource Center Pittsboro, NC Dogs and Cats
Cheboygan County Humane Society CHEBOYGAN, MI Dogs and Cats
Cheyenne Animal Shelter Cheyenne, WY Dogs and Cats
Chino Valley Animal Shelter Chino Valley, AZ Dogs and Cats
Cincinnati Animal CARE Humane Society Cincinnati, OH Dogs and Cats
Circle of Friends Animal Shelter Grand Forks, ND Dogs and Cats
Citrus County Animal Services Inverness, FL Dogs and Cats
City of Corpus Christi (Animal Care Services) Corpus Christi, TX Dogs and Cats
City of Great Falls Animal Shelter Great Falls, MT Dogs and Cats
City of Houston- BARC Animal Shelter & Adoptions houston, TX Dogs and Cats
City of Mobile Animal Shelter Mobile, AL Dogs and Cats 9/9/2022
Clark County Animal Shelter Winchester, KY Dogs and Cats
Colbert County Animal Services Tuscumbia, AL Dogs and Cats
Colony Cats (& Dogs) Columbus, OH Cats Only 9/27/2022
Colorado Animal Rescue Glenwood Springs, CO Dogs and Cats
Companion Animal Rescue & Education Dandridge, TN Dogs and Cats
Contra Costa County Animal Services Martinez, CA Dogs and Cats
Creature Comforts Clarke County Quitman, MS Dogs and Cats
Cuddles Rescue and Lounge Eagle Mountain, UT Cats Only
Dallas Animal Services / City of Dallas Dallas, TX Dogs and Cats
Delta Animal Shelter Escanaba, MI Dogs and Cats 9/28/2022
Detroit Dog Rescue Saint Clair Shores, MI Dogs Only
Do Only Good Animal Rescue Rochester Hills, MI Dogs Only
Dorchester PAWS (Formerly SPCA) Summerville, SC Dogs and Cats
Duette Animal Rescue Team, Inc Duette, FL Cats Only 9/30/2022
El Paso Animal Services El Paso, TX Dogs and Cats
Española Humane Espanola, NM Dogs and Cats
Faithful Friends Inc. (Faithful Friends Animal Society) Wilmington, DE Dogs and Cats
Felines & Friends New Mexico Santa Fe, NM Cats Only 9/30/2022
Finney County Humane Society Garden City, KS Dogs and Cats 10/6/2022
Five Acres Animal Shelter St. Charles, MO Dogs and Cats
Florence Lauderdale Animal Services Florence, AL Dogs and Cats
Forgotten Tails, Inc Colonial Heights, VA Dogs and Cats 9/29/2022
Forsyth Humane Society Winston Salem, NC Dogs and Cats
Fort Bend County Animal Services Rosenberg, TX Dogs and Cats
Franklin County Humane Society of Missouri Union, MO Dogs and Cats
Friends Of Camden Animal Shelter (Animal Adoption Center NJ) Lindenwold, NJ Dogs and Cats
Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control Chicago, IL Dogs and Cats
Friends of Detroit Animal Care and Control Detroit, MI Dogs and Cats
Friends of the Animal Shelter (SC) Aiken, SC Dogs and Cats
Friends Of The Shelter Inc. Ponderay, ID Dogs and Cats
Fulton County Animal Center Rochester, IN Dogs and Cats
Furkids, Inc. Cumming, GA Cats Only
Gaston County Animal Care and Enforcement Gastonia, NC Dogs and Cats
Gateway Pet Guardians East St. Louis, IL Dogs and Cats
Good Karma Pet Rescue Inc Pompano Beach, FL Dogs and Cats 9/30/2022
Good Shepherd Humane Society, Inc. Eureka Springs, AR Dogs and Cats
Greater Birmingham Humane Society Birmingham, AL Dogs and Cats
Greater Hillsdale Humane Society OSSEO, MI Dogs and Cats
Green County Humane Society Monroe, WI Dogs and Cats
Greene County Humane Society Linton, IN Dogs and Cats
Greensburg Decatur County Animal Shelter Greensburg, IN Dogs and Cats
Greenville County Animal Care Greenville, SC Dogs and Cats
Guilford County Animal Services Greensboro, NC Dogs and Cats
Gulf Coast Humane Society Corpus Christi, TX Dogs and Cats
Halifax Humane Society Inc Daytona Beach, FL Dogs and Cats
Hall County Animal Shelter Gainesville, GA Dogs and Cats
Harbor Humane Society West Olive, MI Dogs and Cats
Harris County Pets (Veterinary Public Health) Houston, TX Dogs and Cats
Haven Humane Society Redding, CA Dogs and Cats
Hayward Animal Services Hayward, CA Dogs and Cats 10/15/2022
Heartland Animal Shelter Wheeling, IL Dogs and Cats
Heaven Can Wait Animal Haven Ferrysburg, MI Cats Only
Heber Valley Animal Services Heber, UT Dogs and Cats
Hillside SPCA, Inc. Pottsville, PA Dogs and Cats 9/25/2022
Houston Humane Society Houston, TX Dogs and Cats
Humane Animal Treatment Society Mount Pleasant, MI Dogs and Cats
Humane Society for Animals, Inc Rogers,, AR Dogs and Cats
Humane Society of Angelina County LUFKIN, TX Dogs and Cats
Humane Society of Burnett County, Inc. Webster, WI Dogs and Cats
Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake Tool, TX Dogs and Cats
Humane Society Of Central Arizona Payson, AZ Dogs and Cats
Humane Society Of Central Texas Waco, TX Dogs and Cats
Humane Society of Charles County Waldorf, MD Dogs and Cats 10/8/2022
Humane Society Of Charlotte Charlotte, NC Dogs and Cats
Humane Society of Dickson County Dickson, TN Dogs and Cats
Humane Society Of Greater Dayton Dayton, OH Cats Only
Humane Society Of Greater Jupiter Tequesta Inc. (Furry Friends Adoption & Clinic) JUPITER, FL Dogs and Cats 9/4/2022
Humane Society Of Henderson County Henderson, KY Dogs and Cats 10/7/2021
Humane Society of Independence County Batesville, AR Dogs and Cats
Humane Society Of Lincoln County (Fayetteville-Lincoln County Animal Shelter) Fayetteville, TN Dogs and Cats
Humane Society of Marion County Ocala, FL Dogs and Cats
Humane Society Of Midland County Midland, MI Dogs and Cats
Humane Society of North Central Florida Gainesville, FL Dogs and Cats
Humane Society Of North Myrtle Beach North Myrtle Beach, SC Dogs and Cats
Humane Society of Pulaski County Little Rock, AR Dogs and Cats
Humane Society Of Scott County Davenport, IA Dogs and Cats
Humane Society of Sedona Sedona, AZ Dogs and Cats
Humane Society of South Mississippi Gulfport, MS Dogs and Cats
Humane Society Of Southern Wisconsin Janesville, WI Dogs and Cats
Humane Society of Southwest Missouri Springfield, MO Dogs and Cats
Humane Society Of St. Lucie County Port St. Lucie, FL Dogs and Cats
Humane Society Of Tacoma & Pierce County Tacoma, WA Dogs and Cats
Humane Society Of The Ohio Valley Marietta, OH Dogs and Cats
Humane Society of Tulsa Tulsa, OK Dogs and Cats
Humane Society of Warren County Front Royal, VA Dogs and Cats 10/1/2022
Humane Society of West Michigan Grand Rapids, MI Dogs and Cats
Humane Society of Whitley County Columbia City, IN Dogs and Cats
Humane Society of Wicomico County Salisbury, MD Dogs and Cats
Humane Society Of Yates County Penn Yan, NY Dogs and Cats
Humane Society Of Yuma, Inc. Yuma, AZ Dogs and Cats
Huron Humane Society Inc, Alpena Alpena, MI Dogs and Cats 10/8/2022
Iberia Parish Rabies Control New Iberia, LA Dogs and Cats
Independent Cat Society Westville, IN Cats Only 9/28/2022
IndyHumane (Humane Society Of Indianapolis) Indianapolis, IN 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
Jacksonville Humane Society Jacksonville, FL Dogs and Cats
Joint Animal Services Olympia, WA Dogs and Cats
Kadlec Ranch Rescue Janesville, WI Cats Only 10/8/2022
Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association Charleston, WV Dogs and Cats
Kansas Humane Society Of Wichita Wichita, KS Dogs and Cats
Kauai Humane Society Lihue, HI Dogs and Cats
Kent County Animal Shelter Grand Rapids, MI Dogs and Cats
Kentucky Humane Society Louisville, KY Dogs and Cats
Kitsap Humane Society Silverdale, WA Dogs and Cats
Kokomo Humane Society Kokomo, IN Dogs and Cats
LaGrange Troup County Humane Society LaGrange, GA Dogs Only
Lawrence County Humane Society Animal Shelter Louisa, KY Cats Only 10/7/2022
League City Animal Care League City, TX Dogs and Cats
Lee County Humane Society Auburn, AL Dogs and Cats 8/31/2022
Lemhi County Humane Society Salmon, ID Dogs and Cats
Lenawee Humane Society Adrian, MI Dogs and Cats
Lexington Humane Society Lexington, KY Dogs and Cats
Little Red Dog Inc. LAKE FOREST, CA Dogs and Cats
Little Traverse Bay Humane Society Harbor Springs, MI Dogs and Cats
Livingston County Animal Control and Shelter Howell, MI Dogs and Cats
Louie's Legacy Animal Rescue Cincinnati, OH Dogs and Cats 10/8/2022
Louisville Metro Animal Services Louisville, KY Dogs and Cats
Lynchburg Humane Society Lynchburg, VA 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 10/8/2022
Malvern Animal Shelter Malvern, AR Dogs and Cats
Maricopa County Animal Care and Control Phoenix, AZ Dogs and Cats
Maui Humane Society Puunene, HI Dogs and Cats
Maury County Animal Services Columbia, TN Dogs and Cats
McKamey Animal Center Chattanooga, TN Dogs and Cats
Memphis Animal Services Memphis, TN Dogs and Cats
Mercer County Animal Shelter Princeton, WV Dogs and Cats
Metro East Humane Society Edwardsville, IL Dogs and Cats
Montgomery County Animal Services Conroe, TX Dogs and Cats
Nashville Humane Association Nashville, TN Dogs and Cats 9/26/2022
Northeast Arkansas Humane Society Jonesboro, AR Dogs and Cats
Northshore Humane Society Covington, LA Dogs and Cats
Northwoods Animal Shelter Iron River, MI Dogs and Cats 10/6/2022
Oakland Animal Services OAKLAND, CA Dogs and Cats
Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center Pontiac, MI Dogs and Cats
Ogemaw County Humane Society West Branch, MI Dogs and Cats
Oktibbeha County Humane Society Starkville, MS Dogs and Cats
One Tail at a Time Chicago, IL Dogs and Cats
Orphans of the Storm Riverwoods, IL Dogs and Cats
Palm Valley Animal Society Edinburg, TX Dogs and Cats
Panhandle Animal Welfare Society (PAWS Shelter) Fort Walton Beach, FL Dogs and Cats
Partners For Pets Animal Shelter Troy, IL Dogs and Cats
Paws and Claws Pet Shelter Huntsville, AR Dogs and Cats
PAWS Atlanta Decatur, GA Dogs and Cats
Paws Humane Society Columbus, GA Dogs and Cats
Paws of Perseverance KALISPELL, MT Dogs Only 9/30/2022
Pensacola Humane Society Pensacola, FL Dogs and Cats
Peoria County Animal Protection Services Peoria, IL Dogs and Cats
Pet Network Humane Society Incline Village, NV Dogs and Cats
Pets & People Humane Society Inc Yukon, OK Dogs and Cats 10/8/2022
Pinal County Animal Care and Control Casa Grande, AZ Dogs and Cats
Pioneer Humane Society (Pendleton) PENDLETON, OR Dogs and Cats
Pittsylvania Pet Center Chatham, VA Dogs and Cats
Placer SPCA Roseville, CA Dogs and Cats
Planned Pethood Of Georgia Duluth, GA Cats Only
Portsmouth Humane Society Portsmouth, VA Dogs and Cats
Prairie Paws Animal Shelter Ottawa, KS Dogs and Cats
Quincy Humane Society Quincy, IL Dogs and Cats 9/28/2022
Ramona Humane Society SAN JACINTO, CA Dogs and Cats
Regina's Rescues Parker, KS Dogs and Cats 9/28/2022
Rescue Alliance Gonzales, LA Cats Only
River Valley Humane Society (Needy Paws Animal Shelter) Clarksville, AR Dogs and Cats
Roanoke Valley SPCA Roanoke, VA Dogs and Cats
Rockingham County Animal Shelter Reidsville, NC Dogs and Cats
Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA Harrisonburg, VA Cats Only
Rogers Animal Services ROGERS, AR Dogs and Cats
Rosenberg Animal Control & Shelter Rosenberg, TX Dogs and Cats
Roxy's Second Hope Limited Evans, GA Cats Only
Rutherford County Paws Murfreesboro, TN Dogs and Cats
S.E.K. Humane Society Pittsburg, KS Dogs and Cats
San Antonio Feral Cat Coalition San Antonio, TX Cats Only 9/30/2022
San Antonio Humane Society San Antonio, TX Dogs and Cats
San Antonio Pets Alive! San Antonio, TX Dogs and Cats
Sand Springs Animal Welfare Sand Springs, OK Dogs and Cats
Sanilac County Humane Society carsonville, MI Dogs and Cats
Santa Fe Animal Shelter Inc Santa Fe, NM Dogs and Cats
Santa Rosa County Animal Services Milton, FL Dogs and Cats
Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center Winchester, OR Dogs and Cats
Scott County Humane Society Georgetown, KY Dogs and Cats
Shiawassee County Humane Society Owosso, MI Dogs and Cats
Sierra's Haven For New and Used Pets Portsmouth, OH Dogs and Cats
Sioux Falls Area Humane Society Sioux Falls, SD Dogs and Cats 10/8/2022
Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation Alcoa, TN Dogs and Cats
Solano County Animal Shelter Fairfield, CA Dogs and Cats
Souris Valley Animal Shelter Minot, ND Dogs and Cats 10/8/2022
South Bend Animal Resource Center South Bend, IN Dogs and Cats
South Suburban Humane Society Matteson, IL Dogs and Cats
Southeast Missouri Pets (Semo Pets) Cape Girardeau, MO Dogs and Cats
SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare Aiken, SC Dogs and Cats
SPCA Of Bradley County TN Cleveland, TN Dogs and Cats
SPCA of Brazoria County Lake Jackson, TX Dogs and Cats
SPCA of Southwest Michigan Kalamazoo, MI Dogs and Cats
SPCA Of Texas Dallas, TX Dogs and Cats
Special Pals Incorporated Houston, TX Dogs and Cats
St. Bernard Parish Animal Services Violet, LA Dogs and Cats
St. Francis Animal Shelter Buffalo, WY Dogs and Cats 10/8/2022
T Russel Reitz Animal Shelter Manhattan, KS Dogs and Cats
Talbot Humane easton, MD Dogs and Cats 10/7/2022
Taylor County Wisconsin Humane Society Inc. Medford, WI Dogs and Cats 9/30/2022
The Animal Foundation Las Vegas, NV Dogs and Cats
The Animal Protection Society Of Durham Durham, NC Dogs and Cats
The Animal Protective Association of Missouri Saint Louis, MO Dogs and Cats
The August Foundation For Alaska's Racing Dogs Chugiak, AK Dogs Only
The Humane Society and Animal Rescue of Muskegon County Muskegon, MI Dogs and Cats 10/6/2022
Tri County Humane Society Boca Raton, FL Dogs and Cats
Tupelo Lee Humane Society Tupelo, MS Dogs and Cats
Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter, Inc. Tuscaloosa, AL Dogs and Cats
Ulster County SPCA Kingston, NY Dogs and Cats 10/8/2022
Universal City Animal Care and Control Universal City, TX Dogs and Cats
Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter (UPAWS) Gwinn, MI Dogs and Cats
Washington County SPCA BARTLESVILLE, OK Dogs and Cats
West Feliciana Animal Humane Society Saint Francisville, LA Dogs and Cats
West Michigan SPCA Dba Faithful To Felines Muskegon, MI Cats Only
White River Humane Society Bedford, IN Dogs and Cats 10/7/2022
Winnebago County Animal Services Rockford, IL Dogs and Cats
Wishbone Allegan Shelter Allegan, MI Dogs and Cats 9/30/2022
Young-Williams Animal Center Of East Tennessee Knoxville, TN Dogs and Cats
YOUR Humane Society SPCA Lake Panasoffkee, FL Dogs and Cats
Yuba County Animal Care Services Olivehurst, CA Dogs and Cats

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Man, woman and Cathy Bissell with large dog adopted during Empty the Shelters event
Adopted 2018

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