Bissell Pet Foundation: Empty the Shelters

BISSELL Pet Foundation and Dogtopia Team Up to “Empty the Shelters”

Humane Society of St. Joseph County is part of 350+ shelters participating in the spring “Empty the Shelters” event

Mishawaka, IN. April 29, 2023—BISSELL Pet Foundation, a national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending pet homelessness, is excited to announce it will team up with Dogtopia for the foundation’s first “Empty the Shelters” national adoption event of 2023. From May 1 to May 15, BISSELL Pet Foundation’s Spring National “Empty the Shelters” will occur at more than 350 shelters in 45 states with pets available for adoption for just $50 or less, including the Humane Society of St. Joseph County.

Humane Society of St. Joseph County Event Details

  • HSSJC will participate May 1 – 15, 2023 at 2506 Grape Rd, Mishawaka, IN, offering $50 adoption fees for adult dogs & $25 adoption fees for adult cats. Senior pet adoption fees are waived!
  • All adoptable pets are spayed/neutered, microchipped, and have age-appropriate vaccinations!
  • Kittens and puppies under 1 year of age, and cats located at our partner location, the Cat Lady Café are excluded from this adoption event.
  • All adopters must have an approved adoption application and an appointment to adopt.
  • All interested adopters can find more details online at

Since the 2016 inception of BISSELL Pet Foundation’s “Empty the Shelters,” nearly 140,000 pets at 605 animal welfare organizations in 47 states and Canada have received second chances. An average of 1,000 shelter pets are adopted each day during each quarterly national event. Through this partnership and continued support, the foundation is looking forward to reaching more pets in more shelters and communities during this upcoming event. 

“BISSELL Pet Foundation’s “Empty the Shelters’ is proven to make a lifesaving difference, and we are thrilled to team up with Dogtopia, who shares our vision to give every pet their best life,” said Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. “This is a very difficult time for shelters across the country, with increasing owner surrenders due to the housing crisis and inflation as well as slowed adoption rates. With Dogtopia’s partnership, we are hopeful more pets than ever will find homes during this national event.” 

The Humane Society of St. Joseph County has over 80 animals looking for fur-ever homes who qualify for the Empty the Shelters event!

BISSELL Pet Foundation and the Humane Society of St. Joseph County 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 as well as .

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, microchipping, and crisis and disaster response. 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 5,700 shelters and rescues across the U.S. and Canada to help pets find loving homes. The foundation is supported by generous donors and BISSELL Homecare, Inc., where every purchase saves pets. To learn more, visit