In an effort to reduce the number of homeless pets in America, the Bissell Pet Foundation is hosting a national Empty the Shelters event this Saturday, October 6th. The Grand Rapids-based nonprofit will pay all pet adoption fees at 90+ shelters and rescue organizations in 13 states, including Michigan.

A record 56 shelters in Michigan are participating, including four in the Flint and surrounding area.

The last national-scale ETS saved 3,135 pet lives in less than 24 hours and 13,624 pet lives since the program’s inception in 2016.

 “Shelters across the country are over capacity with so many wonderful pets who deserve a second chance,” said Cathy Bissell, founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. “Getting animals out of shelters and into loving homes is critical. Empty the Shelters does just that by encouraging people to choose adoption first.”

All adoptable pets available during Empty the Shelters will be spayed/neutered in order to prevent unwanted litters and reduce the risk of more pets ending up in shelters. Plus, BPF will thank families for choosing adoption by providing a leash, a collar, valuable wellness information and other valuable materials for new pet owners, while supplies last.

Below is a list of the four shelters in our area that are participating. For an extensive list of shelters throughout Michigan and the US, click here.

Los Gatos Foster Animals
Petsmart 4061 Miller Rd
Flint, MI

Genesee County Animal Control
G-4351 W Pasadena Ave
Flint, MI

Shiawassee Humane Society
2752 W. Bennington Rd
Owosso, MI

Livingston County Animal Control and Shelter
418 S Highlander Way
Howell, MI


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