BISSELL Pet Foundation Sponsors Reduced Adoption Fees Across the Country

By Meaghan Goepferich Posted on April 22, 2022

Citrus County Animal Services one of 275+ participants in spring “Empty the Shelters” event

BISSELL Pet Foundation Sponsors Reduced Adoption Fees Across the Country

As shelters across the country face overcrowding, BISSELL Pet Foundation is aiming to “Empty the Shelters” by sponsoring reduced adoption fees from Monday, May 2 through Sunday, May 8, 2022. This event will be hosted in more than 275 shelters in 40 states, including Citrus County Animal Services (CCAS).

  • CCAS, located at Airport Rd, Inverness, FL will be open regular hours Thursday – Saturday, with special opening hours on Sunday and Monday for the “Empty the Shelters” event.
  • All adoption fees will be waived during the event – county residents pay just $10 for pet license.
  • Interested adopters can find more details online at

“Empty the Shelters,” BISSELL Pet Foundation’s largest program, began in 2016 as an effort to encourage more families to adopt a pet into their home. More than 83,000 pets have found adoptive homes through this reduced-fee adoption event. Since its inception, this lifesaving event has expanded to organizations in 45 states and Canada, partnering with a total of 443 animal welfare organizations.

“Shelters across the country are over capacity, and highly adoptable pets are at risk as we face one of the largest crises in recent years,” said Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. “BISSELL Pet Foundation is calling on people to visit their community shelters during ‘Empty the Shelters’ to save a life through adoption. Without you, there is no tomorrow for these deserving pets.”

“We are grateful for our partnership with the BISSELL Pet Foundation and the opportunity to participate in the ‘Empty the Shelters’ event,” said CCAS Director Colleen Yarbrough. “24 hours a day, pets come into our care that need a hand up in winning the lottery that is finding their forever home. The BISSELL Pet Foundation’s reach helps give us the chance to make those magical moments happen.”

BISSELL Pet Foundation and CCAS 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/or To reach CCAS by phone, call (352) 746-8400.

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 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 5,300 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



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