SHOALS – Over 280 shelters in 42 states are participating in the BISSELL Pet Foundation Fall National Empty the Shelters adoption event from Oct. 1–8.  Among the seven Alabama shelters participation are Colbert County Animal Services and Florence Lauderdale Animal Services.

 This effort has helped more than 117,716 pets find loving homes, making Empty the Shelters the largest funded adoption event in the country. During each nationwide event, BISSELL Pet Foundation sponsors reduced adoption fees so shelters can charge $50 or less to take deserving pets from kennels to the couches of loving homes. 

“It has been a challenging year for our nation’s animal shelters. The devastating increase in owner surrenders has left thousands of socialized, house-trained, and leash-trained pets desperate to find a home,” said Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. “Our fall Empty the Shelters will support the adoption of thousands of pets across the country, helping shelters in this critical time. Opening your home to a shelter pet saves a life and creates space to give another pet a chance.”

Participation dates vary by shelter. Not every shelter is participating for the full event. Potential adopters are encouraged to visit the Empty the Shelters website to find the nearest participating shelter and confirm their adoption day details.