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Animal Care Partners with BISSELL Pet Foundation to Clear the Shelters
- Adoption fees waived August 16-22 -

BROWARD COUNTY, FL – Animal Care and Adoption is joining more than 80 animal shelters nationwide to help clear overcrowded shelters of hard-to-place pets and find them loving homes. “Empty the Shelters: Big Dog & Cat Crisis,” adoption promotion is hosted by the BISSELL Pet Foundation and takes place August 16-22, 2021. 

Eligible pets for the 'Empty the Shelters' promotion include:

  • Large dogs (40 lbs or more)
  • Senior dogs (7 years or older)
  • Adult cats (6 months or older)

Adoption fees will be waived for every person who adopts a pet from Animal Care and Adoption during this period. All pets are spayed/neutered and vaccinated. Adoptions also include a microchip and a County pet registration tag. The Animal Care and Adoption Center is located at 2400 SW 42nd Street, in Fort Lauderdale and is open for appointments and walk-ins Tuesday through Sunday from 11AM to 5:30PM for adoptions. The shelter is closed on Mondays.

“The Empty the Shelters event is special because it puts the spotlight on the pets who have the most difficult time finding a home,” said Emily Wood, Director, Animal Care and Adoption Division. “All shelters find that big dogs, senior pets and adult cats take longer to be adopted. The BISSELL Pet Foundation recognizes that and is using their resources to help support these pets and the shelters who care for them.”

For each qualifying dog or cat adoption, the BISSELL Pet Foundation will make a $25 donation to Animal Care.  

“Our nation’s animal shelters are struggling in the face of overcrowding, which makes BISSELL Pet Foundation’s ‘Empty the Shelters’ events an even more critical tool to ensure our shelter partners can find loving families for the pets who so often get overlooked,” said Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. “Shelters are being faced with tough decisions, such as euthanizing healthy, wonderful pets. We hope this event and the facilitated animal transports can provide some much-needed relief for shelters in dire need of support.”

Adopters can visit for more information. 

About Broward County Animal Care and Adoption
Broward County Animal Care and Adoption is dedicated to providing shelter for lost and homeless animals. The agency provides access to hundreds of shelter pets hoping for a new home. Please prevent unwanted animals and have your pet spayed or neutered. For more information about the agency, visit our website or like us on Facebook. 

About BISSELL Pet Foundation
BISSELL Pet Foundation (BPF) is a charitable 501(c)(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

August 16, 2021
MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Mendheim, Program Project Coordinator
Animal Care and Adoption