More than 15,000 pets saved during the national initiative “Emptying the shelters”

(WHNT) – An initiative to “empty shelters” at nearly 250 animal shelters across the country has saved more than 15,000 pets during the holiday season.

The BISSELL Pet Foundation’s “Empty Shelters – Holiday Hope” event set the record as the largest funded adoption event in the country. Among the venues participating in the event were three shelters in Alabama, including Florence-Lauderdale County Animal Services, Metro Animal Shelter in Tuscaloosa, and Lee County Humane Society.

During the event, the BISSELL Pet Foundation sponsored adoption fees, so participating shelters can charge $ 25 or less per pet. In total, the foundation oversaw the adoption of 33,695 pets in 2021.

“Holiday Hope 2021 is officially the largest funded adoption event in the country, and it was the best way to end a tough year saving lives,” said Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. “It’s so heartwarming to think of the thousands of pets who have become loving homes just in time for the holidays.”

To learn more about how to adopt a pet or donate to “Empty Shelters”, click here.

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Jennifer R. Strohm