“Empty the Shelters” Reduced-Fee Adoption Event

“Empty the Shelters” Reduced-Fee Adoption Event
Posted on 04/30/2024
Promo of the event listing reduced feeMANATEE COUNTY, FL (April 30, 2024) – BISSELL Pet Foundation, a national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending pet homelessness, is prompting a national call for adoption once again this spring with its “Empty the Shelters” reduced-fee adoption event May 1 to 15. Manatee County Animal Welfare (MCAW) will participate, along with more than 410 shelters in 43 states. To help deserving shelter pets find loving homes, BISSELL Pet Foundation sponsors reduced adoption fees of $50 or less per cat or dog during each nationwide event.

From May 1 to 15 as part of "Empty the Shelters," MCAW will be offering $15 adoption fees for all pets. All adoptions include spay/neuter, microchip and rabies certificate (a value of over $300). Manatee County residents are required to license their new pet for an additional $20. The Palmetto Adoption Center is located at 305 25th Street West, and the Cat Town Adoption Center is located at 216 6th Avenue East (Bradenton). Bishop Animal Shelter, Manatee County's intake facility for stray pets with limited adoptable pets, is located at 5718 21st Avenue West in Bradenton.

Plan your visit by going to mymanatee.org/pets to view all adoptable pets. Walk-ins are welcome, but you can also schedule an appointment.

"Our nation’s animal shelters are facing a capacity crisis and need your help now. Adoptions have slowed while a surge in owner surrenders due to families facing economic and housing challenges has left tens of thousands of highly adoptable pets desperate to find homes," said Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. "Our Spring National ‘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 lifesaving space to help another pet in need."

“Manatee County Animal Welfare has 120 dogs and 39 cats ready for adoption in our facilities, said MCAW Division Manager Jennifer Hume. “This partnership adoption promotion is very welcome and couldn't have arrived at a more needed time before the increased intake of pets during the summer months.”

BISSELL Pet Foundation’s “Empty the Shelters” event is the largest funded adoption event in the country. This lifesaving event began in 2016 with a goal of encouraging more families to choose adoption. More than 226, 000 pets have found loving homes since its inception. “Empty the Shelters” is BISSELL Pet Foundation’s largest program, partnering with 742 animal welfare organizations in 49 states and Canada to reduce adoption fees.

BISSELL Pet Foundation and MCAW urge families to research the pet they are interested in adopting, as well as adoption requirements. For more information on adopting or donating to “Empty the Shelters,” visit bissellpetfoundation.org/empty-the-shelters and mymanatee.org/adopt.

BISSELL Pet Foundation is a charitable 501©(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to help reduce the number of animals in shelters through pet adoption, spay/neuter programs, vaccinations, microchipping and emergency support. Founded in 2011 by Cathy Bissell, BPF is an extension of her long-standing love for animals and commitment to their welfare. To learn more, visit bissellpetfoundation.org.

Manatee County Animal Welfare is Manatee County’s only open-admission shelter facility. There are three locations: Palmetto Adoption Center (pet adoptions), Cat Town Adoption Center (cat adoptions), and Bishop Animal Shelter (lost and found pets). MCAW continues to operate the Pet Pantry Program offering free food and supplies to pet owners facing financial and housing hardships.

For media inquiries about MCAW, please contact Hans Wohlgefahrt at [email protected] or 941-718-7287. More information can be found at mymanatee.org/pets.

For media inquiries about BISSELL Pet Foundation, please contact Brittany Schlacter at [email protected] or 616-600-9470.

For up-to-date information about Manatee County Government, visit mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ManateeGov.