Empty the Shelter Event set for Saturday in Midland and Bay

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Empty the Shelter event waives adoption fees to help rehome pets
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For thousands of dogs and cats in Michigan Shelters an event this Saturday could mean a new home. Bissell Pet Foundation, a Grand Rapids based animal welfare support organization will pay the adoption fees at about 75 shelters across the state. Midland Humane Society Director Beth Wellman says it is a great opportunity to introduce first time adopters to shelter animals…

“The point is to create an adoption friendly environment, remove barriers and concerns for adoption,” Wellman says, adding, “Bissell paying the adoption fee makes it no adoption fee for the adopters. Some adoption fees can be cost prohibitive, especially if you’re getting a pet for the first time.”

Wellman says people often don’t realize there are other costs to adoption, like food, containment systems and shots, but with the help of Bissell Pet Foundation, the adoption costs are waived making it easier to get pets into new homes. She says the event helps eliminate barriers to adoption, especially for those who may be deterred by the costs involved. Wellman encourages anyone who thinks they may want to adopt to contact the shelter and apply ahead of time. Oftentimes there are prohibitions for breed or species in some apartment complexes and residential areas, but getting approved before Saturday will move the adoption process along. Typically Bissell hosts two Empty the Shelter Events a year, but Wellman says pets were fostered in the area after the recent hurricane in Florida, so the event was also held a few weeks ago to find homes for those pets. She says the more pets that can go to loving homes, the fewer that end up being euthanized. For more information contact either the Midland Humane Society or the Bay County Animal Shelter, which will also participate in the event.

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