Espanola Humane Looks to “Empty The Shelters”

Shelter among 180 participating in BISSELL Pet Foundation’s national adoption event, July 7-11

Española Humane is proud to be part of BISSELL Pet Foundation’s summer 2021 national Empty the Shelters adoption event July 7-11, 2021.

The quarterly effort 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. Española Humane is one of only two shelters in New Mexico participating in this summer’s event and the only one in Northern New Mexico.

  • Española Humane will participate July 7-11, 202, at its main location, 108 Hamm Parkway, Espanola, offering $25 adoption fees for adult cats and dogs, including kittens and puppies.
  • The adoption fees on senior dogs, cats and working cats are waived.
  • All interested adopters can find more details online at

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.”

This is the second summer that Española Humane has participated in the annual event. The shelter appreciates working with local and national organizations that help put a spotlight on efforts to find homes for loving pets.

“This event comes at a perfect time as so many pets are waiting for new homes and so many lost pets are coming to the shelter because of Fourth of July fireworks,” said Adam Bates, Espanola Humane’s shelter manager. “We hope the lower adoption fees will bring people to the shelter to adopt so we can make accommodate all pets. We are so grateful to be a part of the BISSELL Pet Foundation’s partners.”

The shelter also is looking to double the number of foster parents this summer, with more than 200 young dogs and cats in foster care. As a small shelter with a limited number of kennel space, the community is known for stepping up to help when space becomes tight, Bates noted. “The community is such an amazing animal-loving asset.”

For more information, check out the easy online application process at

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