Last April’s Empty the Shelter event saw every eligible dog and cat adopted from the shelter, and Executive Director Elaine Greene expects a similar result this year. “There is no better feeling than the joy of seeing all those empty cages, because that means that all the animals in our care have found forever homes,” she said.
The May 5th event will be Bissell Pet Foundation’s tenth Empty the Shelters event in the past two years. More than 9,000 pets from fourteen states have found homes through the initiative. More than half of last year’s Empty the Shelters adopters were first-time adopters, and 99.4% of those adopters recommended or plan to recommend adoption to their family and friends.
Empty the shelters brings attention to the importance of adoption and encourages people to choose adoption first. “There are so many loving animals out there, just waiting for a home,” said Greene, “that there is no reason anyone should need to buy a pet from a breeder or pet store.”
The shelter’s standard adoption fees, which usually cost anywhere from $35 to $250 and include full vaccinations, microchipping and spay/neuter services, will be paid by the Bissell Pet Foundation; adopters will only need to pay a City of Dearborn licensing fee of $8. The Empty the Shelters event takes place at the Dearborn Animal Shelter from noon until 4:00 p.m. We recommend that potential adopters arrive early and expect to wait for a little while; adoption counselors work closely with each family to ensure the right fit between pet and family!