On May 5, 2018, thousands of pets from hundreds of shelters across the U.S. made it to their forever homes during the Empty the Shelters (ETS) “free” adoption event, sponsored and organized by by BISSELL Pet Foundation (BPF). The nationwide event is a first-time initiative for Bissell and ETS having previously held individual state and regional events. This year 13 states took part.
Each year, on up upwards of 2.7 million pets are euthanized due after they become trapped in overcrowded shelters and animal rescues. While stats are changing for the better, more work needs to be done. Currently only 23 percent of dogs and 31 percent of cats come from an animal shelter or the humane society.
The BISSELL organization
Promoted aptly with the slogan, “We may be young, but we operate in dog years,” BBF has only been wagging its tail since 2011. Launched after Cathy Bissell realized the need for pet adoptions, the organization is an extension of her love for animals and her commitment to their welfare.
The foundation’s ultimate goal is to assist in reducing the number of animals in as many shelters and rescues as possible. With the aid of their generous supporters, BPF has awarded millions of dollars to a growing partner network of animal welfare organizations and has impacted the lives of an exponential number of pets. Together they are saving lives in all 50 states and Canada.
As a result of the 2018 ETS event Bissell noted, “we are absolutely overjoyed knowing that thousands of pets will sleep peacefully in loving homes for the very first time tonight,” said Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation.”
Her deeds and ongoing work has prompted professionals to show their appreciation with testimonials. “Very few people live their life every day doing exactly what they believe,” said Wendy Swift, veterinary medical director at the Humane Society of West Michigan. “But Cathy does. She lives her life for animals.”
Bissell, 59, is director of corporate affairs for Bissell Inc. Her husband, Mark, great-grandson of Melville and Anna Bissell, who created the company in 1876, is president and CEO.
This Year's Event
More than 2,650 pets from 112 shelters in the United States found homes during the event, according to preliminary reporting numbers from the BISSELL Pet Foundation. In Michigan alone, 752 dogs, 659 cats and 26 “other” animals were adopted. Bravo Ms. Bissell!
Primary Source: Bissell Pet Foundation