BISSELL Pet Foundation Announces Emergency “Empty the Shelters” in Florida

 Flagler Humane Society offers reduced fee adoptions in statewide effort to fight shelter overcrowding


PALM COAST, Fla. Feb. 23, 2022— BISSELL Pet Foundation is hosting an emergency “Empty the Shelters” adoption event at 10 Florida shelters from Feb. 24 – 28, 2022, including Flagler Humane Society. This is a statewide effort to relieve overcrowded shelters after their assistance with a large-scale neglect case in Santa Rosa County, Fla. BISSELL Pet Foundation will sponsor reduced adoption fees of $25 or less per dog or cat to help pets find loving homes.


·       Flagler Humane Society will participate Feb. 24 – 28, 2022, offering $25 adoption fees for adult cats and dogs, and $15 for senior dogs.

·       All interested adopters can see all available animals at  


The “Empty the Shelters” event began in 2016 to encourage more families to choose adoption. Since its inception, BISSELL Pet Foundation has expanded its “Empty the Shelters” reach to organizations in 45 states and Canada, partnering with more than 400 shelters. As a result, more than 83,000 pets have been adopted through “Empty the Shelters” events. This emergency adoption event aims to find adoptive homes for pets often overlooked in animal shelters.


“Shelters throughout Florida are coming together to support Santa Rosa County Animal Service and the pets from this devastating case utilizing the BISSELL Pet Foundation “Empty the Shelters” event model,” said Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. “Collaboration saves lives and BISSELL Pet Foundation is honored to be a part of the journey for these pets and the shelters that have taken them into their programs. Thank you to Santa Rosa County Animal Services for giving these dogs a second chance, and to Best Friends Animal Society for providing ground support for the Santa Rosa team.”


“BISSELL has continuously been a supporter of Flagler Humane Society,” said Amy Carotenuto, Flagler Humane Society Executive Director. “We are happy to be partnering with them again as well as supporting Santa Rosa County to help save even more lives than we could on our own.”

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