Saturday is 'Empty the Shelters' day
This Saturday, May 4, is National Empty The Shelters day, sponsored by Bissell Pet Foundation.
“Shelters are more crowded than ever, and we have to help them,” said Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. “Empty the Shelters brings awareness for adoption and makes people consider bringing a pet into their home, whether it’s their first pet or an addition to their pack. It’s been an extremely successful program to save lives and we hope this event will help thousands of pets get the second chance they deserve.”
52 organizations in Michigan have announced that they will take part in Empty the Shelters.
For participants in your specific areas, visit
Those wanting to adopt a pet that day will be able to for $25.
"To encourage adoption and relieve overcrowded shelters, the Michigan-based nonprofit will celebrate National Pet Month with its first Empty the Shelters event of 2019 at 110 participating shelters in 20 states and in Vaudreuil-Dorion, Canada."
The program began in 2017 and since then, nearly 20,000 pets have found their forever homes through 10 Empty the Shelters events.
- All adoptable pets available during Empty the Shelters will be microchipped and spayed/neutered.
BPF now requires that all pets’ microchips must be registered to the adopters before they leave the event to increase the chance of pets reuniting with their owners, if lost. A microchip registration fee and license fee will apply—costs may vary by location.
- Many shelters require pre-approval, which may necessitate an in-person visit the week leading up to the event.
Adopters are encouraged to get pre-approved to ensure they can adopt on May 4.
To see a list of all participating locations, hours of operation, adoption requirements and available pets, please visit