Empty The Shelters: Adopt A Pet For Just $25 This Weekend

WWJ News
July 10, 2020 - 11:24 am

(WWJ) If you've been thinking about adopting a pet, this weekend may be the perfect time to take the plunge. 

The Bissell Pet Foundation is sponsoring an "Empty The Shelters" weekend, this Friday through Sunday, July 10-12. 

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The foundation's Bri Olson says they'll cover most of the costs and you'll just pay $25.

Forty packed animal shelters in Michigan are taking part in the national event, many of them in metro Detroit. 

"Of course (there's) tremendous need in the Detroit area," Olson told WWJ's Beth Fisher. "Grand Rapids is another key area, but truly all over Michigan, even locations in the Upper Peninsula." 

Available dogs at Detroit Dog Rescue in Warren
Available dogs at Detroit Dog Rescue in Warren. (Photos: DDR)

With fostering pets becoming so prevalent during COVID-19, BPF will also honor foster-to-adopt cases that start as fosters during the weekend of July 10-12 and are finalized up to one week after the event.
“More pets run away on the 4th of July than any other day of the year,” said Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. “The increase in shelter intake puts pressure on our partners, who are already working with limited staff and funding due to COVID-19. The best way for us to support them is to help their pets find loving homes.”

Participating shelters will work with interested adopters to schedule meet and greet appointments following local COVID-19 guidelines.

To find an adoptable animal at a participating location near you, visit www.bissellpetfoundation.org/ets. Using the filter function on the map, your local shelter’s information will populate. For accurate hours of operation and processing procedures, visit the organization's website linked on the page.

All animals included in this promotion will be microchipped and spayed/neutered to prevent further pet homelessness.

"I think rescuing really changes the pet's life, and it'll change your life, too. So just please consider adoption," Olsen said. "That's what this Empty the Shelters aims to do, is to just bring attention to beautiful adoptable animals in shelters that are looking for their second chance."
Since the program began in 2016, Empty the Shelters has found homes for 37,394 pets and counting. During the COVID-19 pandemic alone, 6,231 pets were adopted during two ETS events executed by appointment only.
If you’re unable to adopt but you want to help, you can make a donation at www.bissellpetfoundation.org/donate.