Empty the Shelters: Adopt a new pet Dec. 14

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — If you’re considering welcoming a new pet home for the holidays, a West Michigan-based foundation is hoping you’ll choose this weekend to do so.

The Bissell Pet Foundation is holding another Empty the Shelters event Saturday. Some locations are also holding the event Friday.

“If you are looking for a pet, where someone says, ‘I want a pet’ — not, ‘Surprise! I got you a puppy,’ but they want a pet — this is a great opportunity to bring someone into your forever home because there are tons of amazing dogs and cats and other animals that are waiting for their forever home,” Megan Stubbs, president of the Bissell Pet Foundation Junior Board, said.

The Bissell Pet Foundation will allow more than 100 shelters in 25 states to offer pet adoptions for free or reduced rates. There are 48 locations in Michigan taking part.

Many of them require that you are pre-approved to adopt a pet, so if you’re thinking about bringing an animal into your home this weekend, you can start that pre-approval process now.

Participating locations by county are listed below:

Kent County

  • Kent County Animal Shelter
  • Humane Society of Western Michigan
  • Unleashed Love Pet Rescue
  • Family Paws Rescue
  • Crash’s Landing

Ottawa County

  • Harbor Humane Society

Kalamazoo County

  • SPCA of Southwest Michigan
  • Kalamazoo Animal Rescue

Muskegon County

  • Muskegon Humane Society
  • Pound Buddies
  • Heaven Can Wait Animal Haven

Ionia County

  • Ionia County Animal Shelter

Allegan County

  • Wishbone Pet Rescue Alliance

Van Buren County

  • Van Buren County Animal Control
  • Al-Van Humane Society

Calhoun County

  • Companion Cats, Inc.

You can find participating location in the Midwest on the foundation’s website.