BISSELL Pet Foundation and Dogtopia Team Up to “Empty the Shelters”

Amber, Chautauqua County Humane Society Empty the Shelter Ambassador (and who is currently up for adoption).

Chautauqua County Humane Society Part of 350+ Shelters Participating in the Spring “Empty the Shelters” Event

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Chautauqua County Humane Society

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 5 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 Chautauqua County Humane Society (CCHS). CCHS will participate May 5 – 15, 2023 at our 2825 Strunk Road Adoption Center, offering fee waived adoptions for all animals. All interested adopters can find more details online at or by visiting CCHS.

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.”

This is CCHS’s first time participating, Director of Fundraising and Communication Brian Papalia said, “Everyone at CCHS is so excited to be a part of Empty the Shelters. We are excited to see the community get behind this and adopt. We especially want everyone to meet our Empty the Shelters Ambassador Amber. Amber is gentle, quiet, and is a huge fan of having her picture taken! She would love other dog friends and is looking for a quiet home without children. While we are waiving adoption fees, we do want to stress that all adoption procedures apply.”

BISSELL Pet Foundation and the Chautauqua County Humane Society urge families to do their research about 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

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 5,700 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