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Bissell Pet Foundation Empty the Shelters event at Ingham County Animal Control & Shelter

Posted at 7:57 PM, Dec 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-07 19:57:06-05

LANSING, Mich. — Despite this year’s challenges, BISSELL Pet Foundation (BPF) has remained vigilant in its mission to find loving homes for shelter pets. On December 9-13, BPF is aiming to bring holiday hope to homeless pets across the country with its Empty the Shelters – Holiday Hope event. BPF will support nearly 170 shelters by offering reduced-fee pet adoptions, including a participating location near you, Ingham County Animal Control & Shelter in Mason.

BPF requires that adoption fees do not exceed $25; fees vary by location. Ingham County Animal Control & Shelter will be adopting dogs out for $25, and cats for $10.

Participating shelters have the choice to hold a 5-day event or choose the days that work best for them. Ingham County Animal Control & Shelter will be participating on Wednesday, December 9th through Saturday, December 12th. ICACS is closed on Sunday. Be sure to check your local listing on for other area rescues hours.

“It’s so important to choose adoption,” said Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. “So many people want to bring a pet into their home at this time of year. With the overwhelming number of pets in shelters, why not give them a chance? Without you, there really is no tomorrow so please consider adoption first.”

Although pets can feel like a gift in terms of the joy they bring to your life, BPF reminds prospective pet parents that bringing a pet during the holidays is a long-term commitment. It’s important to make sure everyone in your household understands the new furry family member is a permanent addition.

All adoptable pets available during this promotion are required to be microchipped and spayed/neutered to prevent further pet homelessness.

Shelters continue to adapt their adoption process to meet local COVID-19 guidelines. Ingham County Animal Control & Shelter will have building capacity limits, and visitors and staff are required to wear a mask in the building. Most pet searching and paperwork can be found online. Potential adopters are welcome to browse Ingham County Animal Control & Shelters website at to see available dogs and cats.

This marks BPF’s seventh Empty the Shelters event in 2020 alone. Since the program’s inception in 2016, BPF has helped 40,550 shelter pets find forever homes. If you’re unable to adopt at this time, consider a donation at to help more homeless animals across the country.

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