A familiar name in cleaning is hoping to make a clean sweep of Michigan animal shelters this month.
As part of the annual Empty The Shelters event, the Bissell Pet Foundation is footing the bill for adoption fees at 65 shelters throughout the state, and one in Chicago, and lowering the barriers to new pet ownership for many loving families. New owners will still have to cover licensing fees, which range between $7 and $12.
“Many pets in shelters and rescues have never experienced a loving home, and Empty The Shelters will give so many pets the second chance they deserve,” Bissell Pet Foundation founder Cathy Bissell wrote in a release.
Bissell expects to see more than 2,000 pets go to forever homes during the event. Last year’s Empty The Shelters push saw more that 1,900 dogs and 900 cats adopted.
Those who do match up with a new furry mate will be sent home with an AdoptBox as well, providing them with an initial supply of cleaning products, pet treats and toys, a collar and ID tag, and pet care guidelines.
“Our goal for Empty the Shelters is to encourage people to choose adoption first,” Bissell said. “We want to make it easy for pet owners, both by sponsoring the adoption fee and by supplying needed items for their pet’s future with AdoptBox.”
While the Bissell company is primarily known for its cleaning products, the corporation’s culture of compassion towards animals is just as important to employees at every level of the organization. Bissell staff are even encouraged to bring their pets along with them to work, where there are plenty of supplies to help clean up unexpected messes.
The Bissell Pet Foundation, the charitable branch of the corporation, focuses on moving animals from shelters to homes.
“Everyone should experience the love of a shelter pet at some point and see how they can change your life,” Bissell says.
The Foundation maintains it has saved nearly 90,000 animals and spayed and neutered over 32,000 in its work to end pet homelessness.
With its Blocktail Party in June, where pet owners of Grand Rapids gather to celebrate and donate to adoption efforts, and the grant-funded partnerships with animal welfare organizations worldwide, Bissell has contributed more than most companies when it comes to animal causes. With as many as 40,000 pets being euthanized in Michigan each year, the company’s work is essential.
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Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.
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