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Empty The Shelters Event

Dogs and cats need to find a forever home. Come out for this big event over the weekend! Photos Provided

Press Release

HORNELL— BISSELL Pet Foundation is hosting its summer 2021 national “Empty the Shelters”adoption event for July 7 to 11.

A quarterly effort that has helped more than 53,742 pets find their forever homes in area shelters. During each nationwide event, BISSELL Pet Foundation helps sponsor reduced adoption fees for $25 or less per dog, cat, puppy and kitten. This summer’s event will be hosted in more than 180 shelters in 40 states, including the Hornell Area Humane Society (HAHS).

Event info:

• The HAHS will participate July 7-11 at 7649 Industrial Park Rd Hornell NY 14843, offering $25 adoption fees for altered cats and dogs. Applications must be submitted and approved per usual protocols

• The shelter is functioning and by-appointment-only so please call to schedule an appointment before stopping by

• All interested adopters can find more details online at the HAHS social media pages, by calling 607-324-1270 or emailing

The “Empty the Shelters” event began in 2016 as an effort to encourage more families to adopt a pet into their home. Since its inception, BISSELL Pet Foundation has expanded its “Empty the Shelters” reach to organizations in 45 states and Canada, partnering with a total of 414 shelters. The goal for the summer 2021 event is to find forever homes for 4,000 pets.

Come out this weekend to the HORNELL Humane Society and take one of these sweet pets home.

“BISSELL Pet Foundation’s 'Empty the Shelters' events have become a valuable tool for our shelter partners to find loving families for their pets, allowing them to support their community and other shelters who struggle,” said Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. “We are excited to have 40 states - the most ever - represented in our July event. Thousands of pets across the country will find forever homes, and that’s what it’s all about.”

HAHS Executive Director Mary Nisbet states, “We are thrilled to have been chosen to participate in the event this year for the first time. We hope to see a large number of homeless animals get adopted by loving families. Shelters are crowded everywhere so every animal adopted opens space for another to come in. That is how adopting an animal really saves two lives….The one leaving and the one entering.”

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, 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. BPF has since partnered with more than 5,300 shelters and rescues across the U.S. and Canada to help pets find loving homes. The foundation is supported by generous donors and BISSELL Homecare, Inc where every purchase saves pets. To learn more, visit

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