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BISSELL Pet Foundation Announces Summer 2021 “Empty the Shelters”

by Animal Rescue League of Berks County

Jul 07, 2021

Animal Rescue League of Berks County part of 180+ shelters participating in national event 

BISSELL Pet Foundation is hosting its summer 2021 national “Empty the Shelters” adoption event July 7 – 11, 2021, 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 Animal Rescue League of Berks County (ARL).

All interested adopters can visit to view the available pets. Cats at the Cat Adoption Center of PetSmart at Temple are also part of the promotion.

“The ARL’s partnership in the Bissel Empty the Shelter events continues to be a lifechanging event for our animal population,” said Ashley Mikulsky, Chief Development Officer of the ARL. “Promotions like this draw much needed attention to animals that might otherwise be overlooked, and Bissel’s vast network spreads the word about our shelter far beyond what we could do ourselves.”

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.

“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.”

For more information on adopting or donating to “Empty the Shelters,” visit as well as

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