Empty out the Shelters Event in Michigan

A Michigan-based nonprofit will pay all adoption fees at 66 Michigan shelters, including four in the Flint area, on May 5th during the annual 'Empty the Shelters event.

The Bissell Pet Foundation has successfully placed nearly 10,000 dogs and cats in loving homes in the last 24 months and will continue to encourage people to choose shelter animals first when deciding to bring animals into their homes.

During the even, Bissell Pet Foundation will give adoptive families an 'AdoptBox' which includes a 5lb bag of pet food donated by Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food, treats, toys, valuable wellness information and coupons for new pet owners, where available while supplies last.


“We are a small organization doing our best to give every pet a loving home,” said Cathy Bissell, founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. “Getting animals out of shelters and into homes is critical. Empty the Shelters does just that by encouraging people to choose adoption first.”

The four Flint-area shelters participating in the Empty Out the Shelters event are:

  • Adopt a Pet in Fenton
  • Los Gatos Foster Animals/PetSmart on Miller Rd. in Flint
  • Genesee County Animal Control on Pasadena Ave. in Flint
  • Shiawassee Humane Society in Owosso

Follow this link to find additional shelters that are participating in the event.


Nationwide, approximately 2.7 million pets are euthanized each year because they can’t find homes. Currently, only 23% of dogs and 31% of cats in family homes come from an animal shelter or humane society. BPF’s events have demonstrated that waiving fees motivates quality adopters, with more than 6,000 pets adopted in the state of Michigan alone in the last 2 years.

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