BISSELL Pet Foundation, a national animal welfare organization focused on putting an end to pet homelessness, has announced its partnership with Dogtopia for the first national adoption event of 2023, known as “Empty the Shelters.” The two organizations will work together to provide reduced adoption fees, and the event will take place from May 1 to May 15 in over 350 shelters across 45 states, making pets available for adoption at just $50 or less.
Animal shelters in the country are overburdened, and with kitten and puppy season starting, many organizations will face more challenges. During the quarterly national events of “Empty the Shelters,” approximately 1,000 shelter pets are adopted daily, giving them a better chance of finding their forever homes.
Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation, expressed excitement about the partnership, saying that “Empty the Shelters” has made a positive impact in the past. She added that the current period is challenging for shelters, with increased owner surrenders due to the housing crisis and inflation, and decreased adoption rates. However, with Dogtopia’s partnership, they hope more pets will find homes during the national event.
The “Empty the Shelters” event has helped nearly 140,000 pets from 605 animal welfare organizations across 47 states and Canada since its inception in 2016. The foundation hopes to reach more pets in more shelters and communities through this partnership and ongoing support.
Dogtopia CEO Neil Gill expressed excitement about the event, saying that the organization believes every family should have the choice to have a dog in their life. Dogtopia will also provide one week of unlimited daycare to anyone who adopts a new dog during the event.
BISSELL Pet Foundation and participating organizations advise families to do their research about the pet they are interested in adopting and adoption requirements. To find a participating organization near you or donate to support “Empty the Shelters,” visit www.bissellpetfoundation.org/empty-the-shelters.
BISSELL Pet Foundation is a 501©(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the number of animals in shelters through adoption, spay/neuter programs, microchipping, and crisis and disaster response. The foundation was established in 2011 by Cathy Bissell, who has a deep love for animals and a commitment to their well-being. BISSELL Pet Foundation has partnered with over 5,700 shelters and rescues across the United States and Canada to help pets find loving homes. The foundation is generously supported by donors and BISSELL Inc., where every purchase helps to save pets. To donate or learn more, visit www.bissellpetfoundation.org.
Dogtopia, founded in 2002, is an early pioneer in the dog daycare industry, with a focus on wellness, quality of care, safety, and transparency. Dogtopia aims to improve the physical and mental well-being of dogs and pet parents through a holistic approach to canine wellness. The company offers trained professionals, a safe open-play environment with comfortable rubber flooring, high-quality meals and snacks, and webcams for pet parents to check in on their pets. For more information about Dogtopia, visit www.dogtopia.com.
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