Hundreds of pets found forever homes at a free adoption event in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Twenty-four shelters came together for Bissell Pet Foundation's annual state-wide adoption event last week called "Empty the Shelters." The occasion is used to living up to its name, but this year it shattered records. The affair led to a happy ending for more than 600 pets.
Six shelters had their kennels entirely cleared of canines, felines, and exotics during the one-day free outing. BPF covered the adoption fees, which run up to $150 for dogs and $60 for cats. New owners only had to lay down around $10 for the pet license.
Founder Cathy Bissell started the organization in 2011 when she saw a need for animal welfare. This year, BPF joined hands with Meijer and Pet First Insurance for the 2016 adoption event, donating toys, treats, and informational pamphlets to first-time pet parents.
Owners were also sent home with an AdoptBox which includes a collar, commemorative certificate, and pet identification tag, aligning with BPF's mission to never let these animals know homelessness again.
A total of 303 dogs, 298 cats, and four other creatures went home with a new family.
All images via Bissell Pet Foundation via Mlive.