Empty PAWS Shelter July 6-31, 2023

Jun 30, 2023 at 11:21 am by WGNS

(MURFREESBORO)  BISSELL Pet Foundation, a national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending pet homelessness, is excited to announce it will team up with MetLife Pet Insurance for the foundation’s upcoming “Empty the Shelters” reduced-fee adoption event. With the shared goal of helping pets find and stay in loving homes, this collaboration will save lives by expanding the foundation's reach to include more shelters across the country. From July 6 to July 31, BISSELL Pet Foundation's Summer National “Empty the Shelters” will occur at more than 335 shelters in 44 states with pets available for adoption for just $50 or less, including Rutherford County PAWS.

  • PAWS will participate July 6-31, 2023 at 285 John R. Rice Blvd. Murfreesboro, TN offering WAIVED adoption fees for cats, dogs, kittens, and puppies.
  • All interested adopters can find more details online at https://paws.rutherfordcountytn.gov/

Since the 2016 inception of BISSELL Pet Foundation’s “Empty the Shelters,” nearly 158,000 pets at 669 animal welfare organizations in 49 states and Canada have received second chances. An average of 1,200 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. 


“We are excited to team up with MetLife Pet Insurance to offer 30 days of pet insurance at no cost to the adopter, as well as the opportunity to purchase an annual pet insurance policy, which could make a difference in helping adopters deal with their pet’s unexpected illness or injury," said Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. "Veterinary costs add up quickly, and too often, pet owners forgo care or surrender their beloved pets when they can't afford treatment. This collaboration could help to enable more pets in more communities to be adopted through 'Empty the Shelters' and can help facilitate adopters seeking treatment to keep their pets healthy and in their new homes.”

“Here we go again! One of the biggest adoption events we have here at PAWS! We get super excited for every Empty the Shelters event we have mainly because we get to witness some of our longest stays, get that second chance they deserve and have been waiting for.” - Gracie Hill, PAWS PR Specialist

BISSELL Pet Foundation and Rutherford County PAWS 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 www.bissellpetfoundation.org/empty-the-shelters as well as https://paws.rutherfordcountytn.gov/.

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