Give holiday hope and empty the shelters

Photo by BISSELL Pet Foundation

By Brian Weckerly, OurQuadCities

You can bring hope to homeless pets this holiday season as you help empty the shelters!

BISSELL Pet Foundation is sponsoring an Empty the Shelters – Holiday Hope event December 1-17. This effort has helped more than 204,000 pets find loving homes, as an average of 1,225 pets are adopted each day of these quarterly national events.


“Our nation’s animal shelters need your help as they face an overcrowding crisis unlike anything we have experienced in more than a decade,” Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation said. “Our ‘Empty the Shelters – Holiday Hope’ event is the perfect opportunity to make a difference in your community by saving a life and creating space to give another homeless pet a chance this holiday season.”

BISSELL Pet Foundation Program Empty Shelters


Adoption saves two lives – the adopted pet and the one who takes their place in the shelter.

Finding a loving home for every pet is the ultimate goal of BISSELL Pet Foundation. As the nation’s largest funded adoption event, Empty the Shelters helps homeless pets find families by making adoption affordable for prospective pet owners. They do this by supporting participating organizations with reimbursement for each pet adopted. Adopters pay no more than $50 and local license fees.

Established in 2016, Empty the Shelters has helped nearly 190,000 pets find their loving families at participating shelters in 49 states and Canada. Events are held quarterly.

About BISSELL Pet Foundation:


Each year in North America, more than 6 million pets enter shelters, and nearly 1 million of them are euthanized. With your support, BPF can change the outlook for homeless dogs and cats until every pet has a home. The following pillars are the core areas that drive our numerous lifesaving programs and work:

  • Adoption
  • Spay & Neuter
  • Microchipping
  • Crisis & Disaster Response

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