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Empty The Shelters This Saturday

Hundreds of pets across the state are expected to find forever homes this Saturday.

It’s part of the BISSELL Pet Foundation effort to Empty The Shelters, and it includes the Copper Country Humane Society.

The Grand Rapids-based nonprofit will pay adoption fees at more than 75 shelters and rescue organizations across the state.

To adopt a pet from the Copper Country Humane Society, you must have the adoption application completed and turned in by Friday.

Applications can be printed out here:

Dog: http://www.cchumanesociety.com/wp-content/themes/cchs/media/pdf/dog-adoption-application.pdf

Cat: http://www.cchumanesociety.com/wp-content/themes/cchs/media/pdf/cat-adoption-application.pdf

Here is more information from the BISSELL Pet Foundation:

Hundreds of pets across the state are expected to find forever homes on October 14

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – After just successfully completing a multi-state hurricane relief effort with 764 pets adopted, BISSELL Pet Foundation (BPF) announced that its next EMPTY THE SHELTERS (ETS) event will be its largest yet and will take place in the state of Michigan. The Grand Rapids-based nonprofit will pay adoption fees at 75+ shelters and rescue organizations across the state on Saturday, October 14, 2017.

Hundreds of pets are expected to be available for adoption at ETS locations. Emptying kennels statewide will have a major impact on pet homelessness in Michigan and beyond. Participating organizations are required to partner with other animal welfare groups to help fill the empty spaces after the event. More than 9,000 cats and dogs have found loving homes through EMPTY THE SHELTERS in the last 17 months.
“Michigan has served as a model for the Empty The Shelters initiative,” remarked Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. “We have already expanded our efforts into nine additional states and our hope for 2018 is to continue to grow the program. Our mission is to find every pet a home. “
Nationwide, approximately 2.7 million pets are euthanized yearly because they are unable to find homes. EMPTY THE SHELTERS combats this problem by increasing adoption rates. From previous ETS events, 96.6% of adopters reported pets remained in their new homes; 52% of adopters were first-time adopters; 99.4% of adopters have already or plan to recommend adoption to their friends/family.
Families that adopt on October 14 will be required to pay licensing fees for their pet – costs may vary by county. BPF will thank families for choosing adoption by providing a leash for dogs, a collar for cats and valuable wellness information and coupons for new pet owners.
Participating organizations will be adhering to their standard adoption requirements for the event and adopters are encouraged to review those requirements prior to October 14. For more information about EMPTY THE SHELTERS, including a list of participating shelters and rescue organizations, please visit www.bissellpetfoundation.org/ets.
About BISSELL Pet Foundation
BISSELL Pet Foundation is a charitable 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to help reduce the number of animals in shelters and to support organizations dedicated to the humane care and treatment of animals through pet adoption, spay/neuter programs, microchipping and foster care. Founded in 2011 by Cathy Bissell, BISSELL Pet Foundation is an extension of her long-standing love for animals and commitment to their welfare. The foundation is supported by BISSELL Homecare, Inc., a 141-year-old Grand Rapids-based floor care appliance brand in its fourth generation of family leadership.
About BISSELL Homecare, Inc.
For 141 years and counting, Michigan-based BISSELL Homecare, Inc. has developed innovative floor care solutions that make cleaning easier. As the top-selling brand in floor care appliancesbased on NPD unit sales, BISSELL understands that fuller lives often mean more messes, and that convenient cleaning tools help us embrace life’s messier moments. Now in its fourth generation of family leadership, the company supplies households across the globe with vacuums, sweepers, deep-cleaning machines, hard floor cleaners and cleaning formulas. For more on the BISSELL complete line of floor care products, visit www.bissell.com.

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