DEARBORN — The Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit is partnering with Bissell Pet Foundation to host an Empty the Shelter Day from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 14. On that day, all adoption fees for dogs and cats will be paid by the Bissell Pet Foundation.
The goal, FAMD Executive Director Elaine Greene said, is “to find homes for each and every dog and cat waiting for a new home. At our last event in April, we completely cleared the shelter.”
The experience was an emotional one, she said, for shelter staff and volunteers as well as for adopters.
“We were just in awe of all the empty cages,” she said. “Everyone was cheering and some of us were crying at the end of the day.”
The shelter’s standard adoption fees, which usually cost anywhere from $35 to $250 and include full vaccinations, microchipping and spay or neuter services, will be paid by the Bissell Pet Foundation. Adopters will only need to pay a city of Dearborn licensing fee of $8.
“We do expect to be busy, but we’re really looking forward to finding so many homes for our animals,” Greene said. “It’s a great feeling and we’re thankful that Bissell Pet Foundation is helping out.”
About the Bissell Pet Foundation
Founded in 2011, the Bissell Pet Foundation’s goal is to help reduce the number of animals in shelters and rescues, and to find a loving home for every pet. BPF has awarded millions of dollars to a growing partner network of animal welfare organizations and has impacted the lives of an incalculable number of pets.