CUMMING, Ga. (CW69 News at 10)


BISSELL Pet Foundation is hosting an emergency “Empty the Shelters” adoption event Aug. 16 – 22, 2021, an effort that has helped more than 59,650 pets find their forever homes in area shelters. The “Empty the Shelters: Big Dog & Cat Crisis” emer-gency event is dedicated to ensuring large dogs (40 lbs. or more), adult cats (six months or older) and senior dogs (seven years or older) get adopted into loving homes. During this nationwide event, BISSELL Pet Foundation will sponsor reduced adoption fees for $25 per dog or cat. This emergency event will be hosted in more than 80 shelters in 27 states, including Furkids Animal Rescue and Shelters.

The following Furkids locations will partake in the emergency “Empty the Shelter” adoption event from Aug 16-22, 2021:

• Furkids Headquarters (cats only) at 5235 Union Hill Road, Cumming, GA 30040

• Furkids Dog Shelter at 1520 Union Hill Road Cumming, GA 30040

• Furkids at PetSmart and Petco adoption centers throughout the metro-Atlanta area. Click here for locations and hours.

All interested adopters can find more details online at

The “Empty the Shelters” event began in 2016 as an effort to encourage more families to adopt a pet into their home. Since its inception, BISSELL Pet Foundation has expanded its “Empty the Shelters” reach to organizations in 45 states and Canada, partnering with a total of 414 shelters. The goal for this emergency adoption event is to find forever homes for pets often overlooked in animal shelters.

To further support shelters in crisis throughout the nation, additional funding is being made available to shelters who can help others by transporting large and senior dogs and adult cats into their facilities. Shelters with higher adoption rates and the available kennel space are encouraged to support those who are struggling by accepting pets from other partner shelters. From August 23 – 29, participating shelters with successful adoption events will receive grants for each pet they transport into their shelter and place into the “Empty the Shelters” adoption event.

Our nation’s animal shelters are struggling in the face of overcrowding, which makes BISSELL Pet Foundation’s ‘Empty the Shelters’ events an even more critical tool to ensure our shelter part-ners can find loving families for the pets who so often get overlooked,” said Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. Shelters are being faced with tough decisions, such as eu-thanizing healthy, wonderful pets. We hope this event and the facilitated animal transports can provide some much-needed relief for shelters in dire need of support.”

“We are in dire need of community support, especially with an average of 11 pets entering our shelter each and every day,” said Samantha Shelton, Furkids founder and CEO. “To support Furkids’ lifesaving mission, the community can get involved by adopting, fostering, volunteer-ing, and donating, as well as ensuring all owned pets are up to date on their vaccinations, have a microchip and are spayed or neutered.”

For more information on adopting or donating to “Empty the Shelters,” visit as well as