BISSELL Pet Foundation (BPF) is aiming to bring holiday hope to homeless pets across America with its Empty the Shelters – Holiday Hope event. BPF will support nearly 120 shelters, including the Humane Society of Yates County’s Shelter of Hope by offering reduced-fee pet adoptions next week.

At the Yates County Shelter, adoption fees will be reduced to $25 for cats Dec. 13 and 14. Shelter staff can explain the dog adoption fees and arrangements. Visit the Shelter of Hope at 1216 State Rte. 14A, Penn Yan or call 315-536-6094.

All adoptable pets available during Empty the Shelters – Holiday Hope will be microchipped and spayed/neutered. 

BPF prioritizes funding for adoption, so pets find loving homes. BPF will provide the same shelter reimbursement for each pet adopted; making adoption affordable for families.

“To permanently end the homeless pet problem, everyone across the country needs to understand that there are beautiful, worthy animals in shelters who should be the first choice when bringing a pet into your home,” said Cathy Bissell, Founder of BPF. “You will get the most loving pet who will literally change your life because it’s so grateful to be loved. I want every person to know they can be part of the solution if they adopt a shelter pet.”

Many shelters require a preapproval process, which may include an in-person visit. Adopters are encouraged to get preapproved to ensure they can adopt on the day of the event. Often, pets are adopted in the week leading up to ETS, so if you meet the pet of your dreams when visiting in advance, BPF suggests adopting on the spot.

BPF’s Empty the Shelters events have found homes for nearly 27,000 pets since the program’s inception in 2016.

To see a list of all participating locations, hours of operation and adoption requirements, please visit If you’re not able to adopt, please consider supporting BISSELL Pet Foundation’s lifesaving work at

About BISSELL Pet Foundation:

BISSELL Pet Foundation 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 foster care. Founded in 2011 by Cathy Bissell, BPF is an extension of her long-standing love for animals and commitment to their welfare. The foundation is supported by generous donors and BISSELL Homecare, Inc. Up to $25 for every pet product purchased helps fund the foundation’s mission.