Gulfport, MS (March 25, 2020) — In response to COVID-19, BISSELL Pet Foundation will sponsor reduced adoption fees across the country starting Thursday, March 26-in efforts to assist animal shelters that are struggling with fewer volunteers and staff to care for their animals. With a rather atypical Empty the Shelters adoption special in place for the next week, the foundation hopes this will encourage families to add a furry quarantine buddy into their home in a time when it’s needed the most.
“Many shelters have already been forced to eliminate all foot traffic in their facilities, so overcrowding is becoming a real issue, said Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. “Organizations are scrambling to find fosters to take pets in during this desperate time and they need our help. That’s why BPF will also reduce fees for foster-to-adopt cases.”
Thanks to BPF funding, you can adopt a pet from the Humane Society of South Mississippi (HSSM) for just $25 OR only $7 for large dogs (35lbs. and up). You can see a listing of all HSSM’s available pets by visiting: https://hssm.org/adoptable-pets/. HSSM hours of operation during this special (March 26-April 1) are 10am-2pm and the shelter will be closed Sunday (3/29). Following the special, HSSM’s adoption department will be open every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10am-2pm until further notice.
“COVID-19 is responsible for canceling many scheduled fundraisers and events that shelters rely on to operate, “says Bissell. “We will continue to ease the burden on our partners and work to find solutions for them in any way we can. This week, you too can be a part of the solution for homeless pets by choosing to adopt.”
BPF encourages interested adopters to be reminded that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that there is no evidence to support any cases of transmitting the virus to/from pets.
“If you are able to bring a pet into your home, now is a perfect time,” says Bissell.
Reduced-fee adoptions are scheduled to extend until Wednesday, April 1.