Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit one of hundreds of shelters participating in ‘Empty the Shelters – Holiday Hope’ event – Press and Guide

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The BISSELL Pet Foundation is bringing hope to pet shelters across the country this holiday season with its “Empty the Shelters – Holiday Hope” adoption event from December 6-20. During each nationwide event, BISSELL Pet Foundation sponsors slash adoption fees by $25 or less per cat, dog, puppy and kitten. The event will be hosted at more than 200 shelters in 40 states, including Friends of Animals in Metro Detroit (FAMD).

• FAMD will participate December 7-20 at the MaryAnn Wright Animal Collection Building located at 16121 Reckinger Road, Dearborn 48126. Weekdays (Tuesday – Friday) are by appointment only.

• Saturday 11 December 2021 from noon – 4 pm No appointments will be necessary, interested users will be selected on a first-come-first-served basis.

• Adoption fee is only $25 + $10 microchip registration fee for all animals available.

• Interested adopters can find more details about our animals available online at

The “Empty the Shelters” event began in 2016 as an attempt to encourage more families to adopt a pet in their homes. Nearly 68,000 pets have found homes for adoption through this discounted adoption event. Since its inception, the Bissell Pet Foundation has expanded its “empty shelters” to include organizations in 45 states and Canada, in partnership with 443 animal welfare organizations.

“Shelters are overcrowded and in dire need of support due to slowing adoption rates and increasing pets’ longevity,” said Cathy Bissell, founder of the Bissell Pet Foundation. “With so many people looking to add pets to their families at this time of year, the Empty the Shelters – Holiday Hope event is the perfect opportunity to make a difference in your community by saving lives and creating a space to give another homeless person a chance to pet.”

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