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Animal Friends of the Valleys Partners with BISSELL Pet Foundation to Reduce Adoption Fees

Animal Friends of the Valleys joins 410+ shelters nationwide participating in “Empty the Shelters” reduced-fee adoption event. 

Wildomar, CA. 05/01/2024 - BISSELL Pet Foundation, a national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending pet homelessness, is prompting a national call for adoption once again this spring with its “Empty the Shelters” reduced-fee adoption event May 1 – 15. Animal Friends of the Valleys (AFV) will participate along with more than 410 shelters in 43 states. To help deserving shelter pets find loving homes, BISSELL Pet Foundation sponsors reduced adoption fees of $50 or less per cat or dog during each nationwide event.

Along with the partnership and funding available Animal Friends of the Valleys will be offering a one-time only $1 adoption fee for any adoptable pet in the shelter between May 1-15th 2024. Please visit AFV website

  • All interested adopters can find more details online at www.afv.org.

"Our nation’s animal shelters are facing a capacity crisis and need your help now. Adoptions have slowed while a surge in owner surrenders due to families facing economic and housing challenges has left tens of thousands of highly adoptable pets desperate to find homes," said Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. "Our Spring National ‘Empty the Shelters' will support the adoption of thousands of pets across the country, helping shelters in this critical time. Opening your home to a shelter pet saves a life and creates lifesaving space to help another pet in need."

Animal Friends of the Valleys is located at 33751 Mission Trail Rd. Wildomar, Ca. Shelter hours are Monday through Saturday 10am-4pm with additional hours Wednesdays 10am -7pm.

Because of this funding we are able to reduce adoption fees down to $1 during this limited time, states Mo Middleton, Executive Director at AFV. The Bissell Pet Foundation has been a phenomenal partner whose mission aligns with AFV’s in finding a loving and forever home for all adoptable pets.  We need to find homes for these animals and want to help any family with costs that may be a barrier to adoption. 

BISSELL Pet Foundation’s “Empty the Shelters” event is the largest funded adoption event in the country. This lifesaving event began in 2016 with a goal of encouraging more families to choose adoption. More than 226, 000 pets have found loving homes since its inception. “Empty the Shelters” is BISSELL Pet Foundation’s largest program, partnering with 742 animal welfare organizations in 49 states and Canada to reduce adoption fees.

BISSELL Pet Foundation and Animal Friends of the Valleys urge families to research 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 and www.afv.org.