Adopt a pet for free: 'Empty the Shelters' returns to Michigan in weekend

BISSELL will cover pet adoption fees at 75+ shelters


DETROIT – If you're looking to adopt a pet, this is the time to do it!

Thanks to BISSELL Pet Foundation, "Empty The Shelters" is returning to select Michigan shelters on October 14, 2017.

BISSELL will cover adoption fees at more than 75 shelters and rescue organizations across the state. Here's more info from their press release:

Hundreds of pets are expected to be available for adoption at ETS locations. Emptying kennels statewide will have a major impact on pet homelessness in Michigan and beyond. Participating organizations are required to partner with other animal welfare groups to help fill the empty spaces after the event. More than 9,000 cats and dogs have found loving homes through BISSELL Pet Foundation's EMPTY THE SHELTERS events in the last 17 months. 
“Michigan has served as a model for Empty The Shelters,” remarked Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. “Shelters in other states are seeing what we can accomplish and we have been fortunate to hold this event in nine states this year.  We are hoping to expand our efforts into more areas of the country, but we can’t do this without the help of our generous supporters.”  
Nationwide, approximately 2.7 million pets are euthanized yearly because they are unable to find homes. EMPTY THE SHELTERS combats this problem by increasing adoption rates.

From previous ETS events, 96.6% of adopters reported pets remained in their new homes 6-15 months later; 52% of adopters were first-time adopters; 99.4% of adopters have already or plan to recommend adoption to their friends/family.
Families that adopt on October 14 will be required to pay licensing fees for their pet – costs may vary by county.

BPF will thank families for choosing adoption by providing a leash for dogs, a collar for cats and valuable wellness information and coupons for new pet owners.

You can find a list of participating shelters here.

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