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Posted on: November 29, 2022

[ARCHIVED] BISSELL Pet Foundation Brings Holiday Hope to Shelter Pets Across the Country


Maricopa County Animal Care & Control joins 275+ shelters participating in “Empty the Shelters – Holiday Hope” event

BISSELL Pet Foundation, a national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending pet homelessness, is bringing hope to the nation’s shelter pets this holiday season with its “Empty the Shelters – Holiday Hope” adoption event Dec. 1 – 11. BISSELL Pet Foundation sponsors reduced adoption fees of $50 or less per cat or dog during each nationwide event. This event will be hosted in more than 275 shelters in 43 states, including Maricopa County Animal Care & Control (MCACC.)


  • MCACC will participate 1-11, 2022, at our East and West shelter locations, offering fee-waived adoptions for dogs of all ages.
  • All interested adopters can browse our adoptable pets here.

"BISSELL Pet Foundation is in constant communication with our shelter partners across the country and they are struggling with unprecedented increases in owner surrenders and longer stays for pets," said Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. "With so many great pets waiting in shelters, our ‘Empty the Shelters – Holiday Hope’ event is the perfect opportunity to save a life through adoption and create space to give another homeless pet a chance. If you can’t adopt, please consider fostering.” 

BISSELL Pet Foundation’s “Empty the Shelters” is a great event at MCACC. At the last “Empty the Shelters” event in October, 262 dogs found their forever homes. 

“The ‘Empty the Shelters’ event couldn’t come at a more perfect time. We are over capacity at both our shelter locations and would love nothing more than to get dogs into a comfortable, loving home for the holidays and beyond,” said Kim Powell, Communications Officer for MCACC.


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. Nearly 160,000 pets have found loving homes since its inception. “Empty the Shelters” is BISSELL Pet Foundation’s largest program, partnering with 560 animal welfare organizations in 47 states and Canada to reduce adoption fees.

Pet adoption is a lifetime commitment, and not just for the holidays. BISSELL Pet Foundation and MCACC urge families to do their research about the pet they are interested in adopting, as well as adoption requirements. For more information on adopting or donating to “Empty the Shelters,” visit and  

About BISSELL Pet Foundation:

BISSELL Pet Foundation is a charitable 501©(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to help reduce the number of animals in shelters through pet adoption, spay/neuter programs, vaccinations, microchipping and emergency support. Founded in 2011 by Cathy Bissell, BPF is an extension of her long-standing love for animals and commitment to their welfare. BPF has since partnered with more than 5,600 shelters and rescues across the U.S. and Canada to help pets find loving homes. The foundation is supported by generous donors and BISSELL Inc. where every purchase saves pets. To learn more, visit

About MCACC:

Maricopa County Animal Care & Control is a municipal animal shelter committed to finding good outcomes for lost, surrendered, and stray dogs.

Media Contact:

Brittany Schlacter | Marketing & PR Specialist | | 616.600.9470

Kim Powell | MCACC | Communications Officer | | 602-506-2759

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