PAWS Finds Homes for 107 Pets

Aug 12, 2023 at 08:46 am by WGNS

(MURFREESBORO) Rutherford County PAWS found homes for 107 pets during July's adoptions during BISSELL Pet Foundation’s Summer “Empty the Shelters event. In 44 states across the nation, a total of 31,861 pets were adopted from 337 shelters. The local PAWS teamed up with MetLife Pet Insurance for this lifesaving reduced-fee adoption event.  

Rutherford County PAWS participated July 6th-31st and offered pet adoptions at no cost to the community including dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens. The event was hosted at PAWS location, 285 John R. Rice Blvd. Murfreesboro, TN 37129.


“Empty the Shelters” is BISSELL Pet Foundation’s largest initiative and continues to grow each year to provide critical relief to overcrowded shelters. Since the event’s inception in 2016, more than 191,986 pets have found loving homes through this lifesaving event. BISSELL Pet Foundation provides grants for each adoption - $100 per dog and $50 per cat - allowing shelters to reduce adoption fees to $50 or less. Pets must be spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped before being adopted out, an additional cost savings for the family, making the choice to adopt even more affordable.

"The people that chose to adopt during our Summer National ‘Empty the Shelters’ event literally saved lives as shelter pets are at risk," said Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. "Shelters nationwide are in crisis with an overwhelming number of highly adoptable, homeless pets. Each adopter who chose consciously to adopt a pet is my hero and made a lifesaving difference.”

“This event continues to amaze me each and every season. PAWS continues to feel the tremendous support from our community, and we are furrever grateful to have witnessed 107 incredible shelter pets find the caring homes they truly deserve. Today we feel hopeful for shelters all across the states as we look forward to what’s to come.” -Gracie Hill, Public Relations

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. T o learn more and make a donation, visit

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