66 Michigan shelters and rescues to participate Empty the Shelters free adoption day

After successfully placing nearly 10,000 cats and dogs in loving homes through nine free adoption events in the last 24 months, BISSELL Pet Foundation (BPF) announced its next Empty the Shelters (ETS) event will take place in 13 states, including Michigan, on May 5, 2018. The Grand Rapids, Michigan-based nonprofit will pay all adoption fees at 66 shelters and rescue organizations across Michigan, including the Oakland County Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center. BPF will thank families for choosing adoption by giving them an AdoptBox filled with: a 5lb bag of pet food donated by Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food, treats, toys, valuable wellness information and coupons for new pet owners, where available while supplies last.
 
“We are a small organization doing our best to give every pet a loving home,” said Cathy Bissell, founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. “Getting animals out of shelters and into homes is critical. Empty the Shelters does just that by encouraging people to choose adoption first.”
 
Nationwide, approximately 2.7 million pets are euthanized each year because they can’t find homes. Currently, only 23% of dogs and 31% of cats in family homes come from an animal shelter or humane society. BPF’s events have demonstrated that waiving fees motivates quality adopters, with more than 6,000 pets adopted in the state of Michigan alone in the last 2 years. Surveys from previous ETS events found 99.4% of adopters have already, or plan to, recommend adoption to family and friends; 52% of adopters were first-time adopters.
 
“This event will give national attention to the importance of adoption,” continued Bissell. “May 5 will be our largest Empty the Shelters event to date and we expect it to have a significant impact beyond the states participating.”
 
Shelters and rescues taking part in ETS are required to partner with other animal welfare organizations to help fill the empty spaces once pets have been adopted. Families adopting at ETS will be required to pay licensing fees for their pet – costs may vary by county.Standard adoption requirements will apply. Adopters are encouraged to review those requirements prior to May 5.
 
This year, BPF is appealing to people to choose adoption and find the pet of their dreams or to help give the gift of a family to a pet through a donation. 100% of donations for the event will fund adoption fees for homeless pets in the 13 participating states. For more information about Empty the Shelters, including a list of participating shelters and rescue organizations, and to donate, please visit www.bissellpetfoundation.org/ets.
 
About BISSELL Pet Foundation:
BISSELL Pet Foundation is a charitable 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to help reduce the number of animals in shelters through pet adoption, spay/neuter programs, microchipping and foster care. Founded in 2011 by Cathy Bissell, BPF is an extension of her long-standing love for animals and commitment to their welfare. The foundation is supported by generous donors and BISSELL Homecare, Inc. Up to $10 for every pet product purchased helps fund the foundation’s mission.
 
About BISSELL Homecare, Inc.
For more than 140 years, BISSELL Homecare, Inc. has developed innovative floor care solutions that make cleaning up after families and pets easier. BISSELL supplies households across the globe with many products that are specifically engineered with pet families in mind; offering solutions for stains, odors, pet shedding and accidents for those who love their pets, but not the mess. For more on the complete line of BISSELL products, visit www.bissell.com.