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Escambia County Participating in BISSELL Pet Foundation "Empty the Shelters"

Published Jul 5, 2024

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The Escambia County Department of Animal Welfare is excited to partner with the BISSELL Pet Foundation for the "Empty the Shelters" adoption event, starting Monday, July 8 until Wednesday, July 31. During this time, adoptions for all cats and dogs 1 year or older will be free. Puppies will be available for $50 and kittens will be available for $25. An $11 licensing fee will be applied to all adoptions for Escambia County residents. View all adoptable pets at the Animal Welfare and Adoption Center on

"We are so excited to participate in the Bissell adoption event again," said Escambia County Director for the Department of Animal Welfare John Robinson. "These events provide us with an opportunity to allow our community to see all of the wonderful dogs and cats that we currently have available at the Animal Welfare and Adoption Center. We encourage you to come visit us over these next three weeks and meet our amazing animals who are ready to be part of a family."

Robinson emphasized that while Bissell's event makes adoptions even more affordable for families, it also raises awareness for pets that are sometimes overlooked in the shelter.

"We have over 200 pets available for adoption, and our team understands it can be overwhelming to walk through the kennels if you don't know what you're looking for," said Robinson. "We're here to help with the entire process. Let us make it easy for you to complete your family by helping you find the perfect pet."

BISSELL Pet Foundation’s “Empty the Shelters” event is the largest funded adoption event in the country. This lifesaving event began in 2016 with a goal of encouraging more families to choose adoption. More than 204,000 pets have found loving homes since its inception. “Empty the Shelters” is BISSELL Pet Foundation’s largest program, partnering with 730 animal welfare organizations in 49 states and Canada to reduce adoption fees.

The Escambia County Animal Welfare and Adoption Center is located at 200 W. Fairfield Drive. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 12-5 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, visit the Escambia County Department of Animal Welfare on Facebook for animal welfare news, adoption events and more.

About BISSELL Pet Foundation:

BISSELL Pet Foundation is a charitable 501©(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to help reduce the number of animals in shelters through pet adoption, spay/neuter programs, microchipping, and crisis and disaster response. 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 5,800 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

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