Record number of pets found at home thanks to BISSELL

Grand Rapids, Aug. 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Over 28,000 shelter animals have been impacted through adoption and transportation at the nation’s largest funded adoption event, BISSELL Pet’s ‘Empty the Shelters’ Foundation. The Foundation’s National Summer Shelter Crisis Event has been 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 as many pets as possible find homes, the BISSELL Pet Foundation sponsored adoption fees from 11-31 July. During this event, approximately 11,774 cats and 9,808 dogs were adopted from participating shelters. An additional 6,539 pets were also rescued by “Empty Shelter” – transported through a new open space – bringing the total number of pets affected to 28,121!

“The BISSELL Pet Foundation is thrilled to set a new impact record for our ‘Empty the Shelters’ event at a time when our partner shelters and their pets are grappling 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, allowing community members more time to visit their local shelters. Thousands of animals are now in loving homes thanks to wonderful adopters.”

Shelters across the country are experiencing unprecedented length of stay and slow adoptions for pets due to evictions and housing restrictions, lack of spay/neuter services, staffing shortages and financial challenges brought on by the pandemic. ‘inflation. The BISSELL Pet Foundation’s “Empty the Shelters” program provides funding to participating shelters for each animal adopted, so reduced fees of $50 or less are not a financial burden on their organization. Reduced fees generate more interest from adopters, giving them a much-needed boost in saving lives.

“We are beyond grateful to the BISSELL Pet Foundation for the biggest ‘Empty the Shelters’ event to date! In just 21 days, we adopted 978 pets, including 30 transferred from crowded 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 focusing its resources where we need them most. BISSELL Pet Foundation is the leader in adoption events, and we’re grateful for that – no one has ever done what they do!

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

Empty the Shelters cannot continue to grow without donor support. 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.

AboutBISSELL Pet Foundation:

BISSELL Pet Foundation is a 501©(3) non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to help reduce the number of animals in shelters through pet adoption, neutering programs, microchipping and emergency assistance. Founded in 2011 by Cathy Bissell, BPF is an extension of her lifelong love for animals and her commitment to their well-being. BPF has since partnered with more than 5,600 shelters and shelters across the United States and Canada to help animals 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

AboutEmpty the shelters:

The BISSELL Pet Foundation’s mission to find every pet a loving home is the driving force behind Emptying the Shelters. In 2016, the BISSELL Pet Foundation created this low-fee adoption event to make an immediate impact on the ongoing issue of pet homelessness in the country. Since then, this event has become the BISSELL Pet Foundation’s largest 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 adoptions. For more information, visit

  • Celebrating 28,121 total animals impacted by Empty the Shelters Summer 2022