Record number of pets finding homes through BISSELL

Grand Rapids, Aug. 3, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — More than 28,000 shelter pets were affected by adoption and transportation during the nation’s largest funded adoption event, BISSELL Pet Foundation’s “Empty the Shelters.” . The Foundation’s national shelter crisis summer event was extended from one to three weeks to encourage adoption through reduced adoption fees at 282 shelters in 42 states.

To provide additional support to shelters seeking critical relief from overcrowding and to ensure that as many pets as possible find homes, the BISSELL Pet Foundation sponsored adoption fees from July 11-31. During this event, approximately 11,774 cats and 9,808 dogs were adopted from participating shelters. “Empty the Shelters” also saved an additional 6,539 pets, transported thanks to the new open space, bringing the total number of affected pets to 28,121!

“The BISSELL Pet Foundation is thrilled to have set a new impact record for our ‘Empty the Shelters’ event at a time when our shelter partners and their pets are struggling with longer stays and slower adoptions,” said Cathy Bissell, founder of the BISSELL Pet Foundation. . “We extended our event in direct response to the national crisis. We knew we could save more lives with an additional two weeks of sponsorship, giving community members more time to visit their local shelters. We’re thrilled that thousands of pets are now in Loving homes thanks to wonderful adopters.”

Shelters across the country are experiencing record stays and slow pet adoptions due to evictions and housing restrictions, lack of spay/neuter services, staffing shortages, and financial challenges brought on by inflation. The BISSELL Pet Foundation’s “Empty the Shelters” program provides funds to participating shelters for each pet adopted, so that the reduced fee of $50 or less is not a financial burden on your organization. The reduced fees generate more interest from adopters, providing a much-needed boost to save lives.

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“We are beyond grateful to the BISSELL Pet Foundation for the largest ‘Empty the Shelters’ event to date! In just 21 days, we adopted 978 pets, including 30 transferred from overcrowded partners,” said Dr. Steven R. Hansen, president and CEO of the Arizona Humane Society. “Shelters are over capacity with pets in need of homes, and we can’t thank the BISSELL Pet Foundation enough for concentrating their resources where we need them most. The BISSELL Pet Foundation is a leader in adoption events, and we are grateful for it. No one has ever done what they are doing!

During the event, participating shelters from Hawaii to New York shared a continuous stream of heartwarming adoption stories. Pets of all abilities, breeds, and ages received their “Gotcha Days” after being chosen by loving families. Some extra-special adoption moments included pets who had been waiting months or even years for their second chance, adopters bringing home more than one pet, and older cats and dogs getting a chance to live out their golden years in loving homes.

“Empty the Shelters” cannot continue to grow without the support of donors. The foundation is seeking donations to expand to more shelters in more states. Every donation to the BISSELL Pet Foundation is maximized and directly benefits pets in need. Because BISSELL Homecare Inc. is dedicated to helping pets, the company absorbs the administrative costs of the BISSELL Pet Foundation, allowing 100% of each contribution to fund adoptions through Empty the Shelters.

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The BISSELL Pet Foundation is a 501©(3) nonprofit charitable organization with a mission to help reduce the number of animals in shelters through pet adoption, spay/neuter programs, microchipping and emergency support. Founded in 2011 by Cathy Bissell, BPF is an extension of her long-standing love of animals and her commitment to their well-being. Since then, BPF has partnered with more than 5,600 shelters and rescue centers in the US and Canada to help pets find loving homes. The foundation is supported by generous donors and BISSELL Homecare, Inc., where every purchase saves pets. To learn more and donate, visit

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The BISSELL Pet Foundation’s mission to find every pet a loving home is the driving force behind “Empty the Shelters.” In 2016, the BISSELL Pet Foundation created this reduced-fee adoption event to make an immediate impact on the ongoing pet homelessness problem in the country. Since then, this event has become the BISSELL Pet Foundation’s flagship program and the largest funded adoption event in the country. To date, “Empty the Shelters” has helped find homes for 137,193 pets at 512 shelters in 47 states and Canada and has provided more than $7.6 million in direct funding to shelter partners to support pet adoption. For more information, visit

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