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Empty the Shelters is an ongoing movement by Bissell. Yes, the Bissell that sells vacuum and carpet cleaners. 

Are you looking for a way to help homeless animals, but don’t yet know how?  Bissell Pet Foundation may be what you’re looking for.

The mission of the foundation is finding loving, forever homes for every pet.   Bissell sponsors these Empty the Shelters adoption events that take place across the country.  This allows prospective pet owners the opportunity to adopt a pet for a reduced fee. Bissell Pet Foundation is sponsoring the remaining cost.

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In October 2020, the national Empty the Shelters event tallied more than 3,900 pets adopted and more than 7,800 lives saved.  Bissell teamed up with 160 shelter partners in 33 states (including Arizona).  To support animal lifesaving efforts, families either chose adoption, fostering, or making a contribution to the Empty the Shelters fund.

Arizona – 2018

In 2018, Bissell Pet Foundation saw a need in the Phoenix area shelters. Summer heat continued to rise putting pets at risk.  Also, experiencing a monsoon, and hundreds of pets running away during a July 4 event required a response. Therefore, Bissell Pet Foundation hosted two events that year. In July and August they saw 1,134 adopted pets and 2,268 lives saved.  The shelters that participated were Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA, Arizona Humane Society, and Maricopa County Animal Care & Control.

Bissell Pet Foundation – Empty the Shelters

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The Bissell Pet Foundation exists to assist animal welfare organizations.  They aim to help reduce the number of animals in shelters and rescues through pet adoption, spay/neuter programs and microchipping.

Bark Friday Auction:  November 6 – 27

As you can imagine, the pandemic created some hurdles for the foundation.  In response, Bissell is hosting an event to help homeless pets to find a loving home. We hope you’ll be encouraged to adopt during the holidays to provide a loving fur-ever home.

This three-week-long online auction is allowing shoppers to browse over 45 specialized items.  These range from gift cards to gift baskets (for humans the pets).  Their slogan is “Bid Away to Make a Homeless Pet’s Day”.  Check out their website here

View and bid for items here. And, register to participate.

Learn More About the Bissell Pet Foundation Empty the Shelters

If you’d like to see where Bissell is making an impact in your state, visit this link here and filter results by state. Above all, we hope you’ll consider getting involved.

For More Information

If you have questions about this topic or general questions about pet care, you can contact Kara Jenkins, Owner of TLC Pet Sitter. We are also available by email at info@tlcpetsitter.com. View more of our articles on pets here.