The BISSELL Pet Foundation has hosted many Empty the Shelter events but this upcoming one is their largest one yet!

A press release from BPF says that they have partnered with 200 shelters and rescues in 36 states for Empty the Shelters from May 5-9. 42 of those organizations are right here in Michigan. During that week, adoption fees for animals will be $25 or less. Participating West Michigan shelters include:

  • Wishbone Pet Rescue Alliance - Allegan
  • Crash's Landing - Grand Rapids
  • Humane Society of West Michigan - Grand Rapids
  • Kent County Animal Shelter - Grand Rapids
  • Ionia County Animal Shelter - Ionia
  • Kalamazoo Animal Rescue - Kalamazoo
  • SPCA of Southwest Michigan - Kalamazoo
  • Faithful to Felines - Muskegon
  • Humane Society & Animal Rescue of Muskegon County
  • Pound Puppies Animal Shelter - Muskegon
  • Heaven Can Wait Animal Haven - Norton Shores
  • Al-Van Humane Society - South Haven
  • Harbor Humane Society - West Olive

The BISSELL Pet Foundation began the event in 2016 to help homeless pets, and since then, have put over 49,000 pets in forever homes. A statement from founder Cathy Bissell,

Empty the Shelters not only helps our shelter partners free up space in their facilities, but it places pets in permanent homes. It’s a win-win for everyone involved…our partners, ETS adopters, and most importantly, the pets.

BISSELL reimburses the participating organizations and helps cover the costs for spay/neuter, vaccines, microchipping, and any other necessary care.

Each shelter is operating under their own protocols and some require a pre-registration or pre-approval forms. Find your local shelter and get more info here.

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Already have a pet? Are they microchipped? This coming Friday, the 23rd, is National Lost Pet Awareness Day and you can get your cat or dog microchipped for only $10 at the Humane Society of West Michigan.

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