Miami-Dade County Animal Services joins BISSELL Pet Foundation and Dogtopia for "Empty the Shelters" national adoption event through May 15

Miami-Dade County Animal Services (Animal Services) teams up with the BISSELL Pet Foundation, a national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending pet homelessness, and Dogtopia for the “Empty” national spring adoption event the Shelters”. From May 1-15, the BISSELL Pet Foundation’s “Empty the Shelters” national spring event will sponsor pet adoption at more than 350 shelters in 45 states. Animal Services will waive adoption fees for pets four months or older until May 15. Adopters will be responsible for the $30 tag fee. The adoption fee for puppies is $85 and for kittens is $35. All adopted pets are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped.

“BISSELL Pet Foundation’s ‘Empty the Shelters’ has been proven to make a life-saving difference, and we’re thrilled to partner with Dogtopia, who shares our vision of giving 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 homeowner returns increasing due to the housing crisis and inflation, as well as adoption rates declining. With the Dogtopia partnership, we are hopeful that more pets than ever will find homes during this national event.”

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

Animal Services participated in the “Empty the Shelters” campaign in December 2022 and 205 pets were adopted. Larger dogs often have a harder time finding homes and spend more time in shelters waiting for loving families. Animal Services encourages the public to open their hearts and homes to medium and large dogs that have a lot of love to give. By waiving adoption fees for these pets, Animal Services hopes to encourage more people to adopt and give these wonderful pets the forever homes they deserve.
The BISSELL Pet Foundation and Animal Services urge families to research the pet they are interested in adopting, as well as the adoption requirements. For more information on adopting or donating to Empty the Shelters, visit and

About BISSELL Pet Base:
The BISSELL Pet Foundation is a 501©(3) non-profit charitable organization with a mission to help reduce the number of animals in shelters through pet adoption, spay/neuter programs, microchipping, and crisis response and disasters. Founded in 2011 by Cathy Bissell, BPF is an extension of her long-standing love for animals and her commitment to their well-being. Since then, BPF has partnered with more than 5,700 shelters and rescue centers across the US and Canada to help pets find loving homes. The foundation is supported by generous donors and BISSELL Homecare, Inc., where every purchase saves pets. For more information, visit

About Miami-Dade County Animal Services:
Each year, the Miami-Dade County Department of Animal Services (Animal Services) provides care and shelter for between 28,000 and 30,000 stray and abandoned dogs and cats. Every day, Animal Services staff work diligently to find lifelong homes for these abandoned animals by facilitating on-site adoptions, arranging off-site adoptions at events and locations throughout the community, and working collaboratively with animal rights organizations. rescue, volunteers and adoption partners.


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