Pet lovers will have the chance to adopt a pet for $ 25 or less with Bissell Pet Foundation sponsoring the remaining cost next month.

“Shelters across the country are over capacity, and highly adoptable pets are at risk as we face one of the largest crises in recent years,” Cathy Bissell, founder of Bissell Pet Foundation said in a Thursday press release.

To encourage adoption and relieve overcrowded shelters, the Michigan-based nonprofit will celebrate with its first Empty the Shelters event of 2022 at more than 275 shelters in 40 states. Since the Empty the Shelters program began in 2016, 83,055 pets have found their forever homes, according to an April 14 press release by Bissell Pet Foundation.


The spring 2022 national Empty the Shelters adoption event is set for the week of May 2-8. During each event, Bissell Pet Foundation sponsors reduced adoption fees for $ 25 or less.

45 Michigan shelters are set to participate. Visit here for an interactive map displaying participating shelters.

“Bissell Pet Foundation is calling on people to visit their community shelters during Empty the Shelters to save a life through adoption,” Cathy Bissell said in the release. “Without you, there is no tomorrow for these deserving pets.”

All adoptable pets available during Empty the Shelters will be microchipped and spayed / neutered. Many shelters require preapproval, which may necessitate an in-person visit the week leading up to the event. Adopters are encouraged to get preapproved to ensure they can adopt on May 4.

Shelters from the Great Lakes Bay region that are participating in the event include Bay County Animal Services and Adoption Center; Humane Society of Midland County; and Saginaw County Animal Care and Control.

Shelters from the Thumb area that are participating in the event include Blue Water Area Humane Society; Do Only Good Animal Rescue; and Sanilac County Humane Society.

“Regardless of if they are big, medium, small dogs, puppy or adult, there are too many adoptable pets within the shelter system, and their length of stay has increased, taxing the staff and the pets themselves,” Cathy Bissell wrote in an April 15 blog post. “Many shelters are experiencing a significant influx in puppies in part due to the break the industry took during COVID on spay / neuter services. Now, there is a lack of veterinarians to catch back up. This is a crisis. Hundreds of puppies each month are crossing the threshold of our high intake shelters. “

For more information, visit bissellpetfoundation.org.

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