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Empty the Shelters day returns to help pets get adopted in SE Michigan

DETROIT – Adoption fees at shelters across the country will be reduced Oct. 12 as part of Bissell's Empty the Shelters day.

The Bissell Pet Foundation is helping cover the cost of adoption fees at more than 100 animal shelters.

It's good news for pets, families and for the Macomb County Animal Control Shelter because it has run out of room. 

"If you look, all the adoptable cages are full," said Macomb County Animal Control chief Jeff Randazzo. "We need the community's help."

Randazzo spends every day navigating the hustle and bustle of the shelter. He said they're currently housing a large number of pets in need of a home, from puppies and kittens to more mature types that might need less discipline training.



Adoption fees at Macomb County Animal Control Shelter will be sponsored or reduced, plus a $10 license for adult dogs.

All cats and dogs will be spayed or neutered, microchipped and up-to-date with current vaccinations.

Shelters will follow their adoption processes the same way they usually do to ensure the pets go to qualified, safe homes.

Randazzo said he's hoping residents consider senior cats and dogs as well. 

"Senior dogs have a harder time for placement over puppies," Randazzo said. "We really want a good family taking on that commitment."

At the Macomb County Animal Control Shelter, the Empty the Shelters Day will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. 

In order to rescue a pet, you need to be at least 18 years old. Shelter employees urge families that already have pets to bring them -- as well as children -- to make sure they get along with any potential new family members.

Pre-approved adopters will be able to access the shelter an hour early at 9 a.m. Adoption applications can be completed in advance here

You can click here to see which other shelters nationwide are participating.

For more information on the Empty the Shelters event, click here.