Reduced adoption fees, national exposure help to find new homes for loving pets

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 Española Humane.

  • Española Humane will participate May 1 – 15, 2023, at its Española location, offering $10 adoption fees for shelter puppies, $25 adoption fees for kittens and fee-waived adoption fees for adult cats and dogs. Adoption fees may vary at other locations.
  • 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.”

Española Humane has participated in the Empty the Shelters adoption events for several years, celebrating the energy the national movement brings to finding homes for loving pets. The spring campaign is even more critical because of the ongoing crisis in overcrowding at the shelter, said Bridget Lindquist, the shelter’s executive director.

“This year has seen an unparalleled demand of resources on our shelter, not just for space, but for help,” Lindquist said. “We haven’t experienced a break this winter from overcrowding, in spite of an increase in free spaying and neutering from our incredible staff and outreach programs. If you have ever thought of adopting, now is the time. If you can’t adopt, please consider fostering or volunteering, donating or simply offering support in some way.”

BISSELL Pet Foundation and Española Humane urge families to research 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 Españ