April 29, 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 – 15. Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control will participate along with more than 380 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.

  • FWACC will participate May 1 - 15 at 3020 Hillegas Rd. Fort Wayne, IN. 46808. This will include all offsite locations: Covington Veterinary Hospital, Westside Animal Hospital, New Haven Pet Hospital, Black Forest Cat Café, Pet Supplies Plus, and Petsmart stores.
  • Offering $50 adoption fees for dogs between 2 months and 6 years old
  • Fee-Waived for dogs 7 years and older
  • “Pick your Price” for all cats and small animals
  • All interested adopters can find more details online at fwacc.org

"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."

Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control first partnered with BISSELL Pet Foundation’s in December of 2022; helping more animals find their second chance at loving homes by participating in their “Empty the Shelter’s” event.

“We are one of many animal shelters across the country that struggle with overpopulation. Events like “Empty the Shelters” from the BISSEL Pet Foundation help make a difference to our problem. We know having a furry companion is a lifetime investment, and one factor can be the adoption fee; we are grateful for our partners, BISSELL Pet Foundation, who help remove that factor and help both animals and the community find each other,” shares Director Amy-Jo Sites.

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 Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control 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 www.bissellpetfoundation.org/empty-the-shelters and fwacc.org.