Berkeley Humane Joins More Than 280 Shelters Nationwide and the BISSELL Pet Foundation at “Empty the Shelters” Fall Event

Reduced pet adoption fees this weekend!

BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA, USA, Sept. 27, 2022 / — Berkeley Humane (Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society) and BISSELL Pet Foundation have partnered to do their part in moving homeless pets from kennels to couches by sponsoring $50 adoption fee reductions. The “Empty the Shelters” event will take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 2700 Ninth Street in Berkeley. Berkeley Humane is one of more than 280 shelters across the country participating in the “Empty the Shelters” fall event, with funding provided by the BISSELL Pet Foundation.

“Since the start of this year, shelters across the country have begun to experience unprecedented overcrowding and now that the weather is getting colder, the situation is becoming dire,” said Jeffrey Zerwekh, executive director of Berkeley Humane. “There are simply more animals arriving than adopters, which has created a crisis in every community and shelters are at capacity.”

While the past few years have been incredibly difficult, volunteers and staff at Berkeley Humane have found ways to overcome the obstacles presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and keep the doors open for adoption. This year, Berkeley Humane will find loving homes for 1,000 dogs and cats, and the BISSELL Pet Foundation grant reduces adoption costs and will go a long way towards achieving that goal.

“It’s been a tough year for animal shelters across our country. The devastating rise in owner abandonment has left thousands of socialized, house-trained, leash-trained animals desperate to find homes,” said Cathy. Bissell, founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. “Our fall ‘Empty the Shelters’ will support the adoption of thousands of pets across the country, helping shelters during this critical time. Opening your home to a shelter animal saves a life and creates space to give another pet a chance.”

Every animal adopted at Berkeley Humane receives medical care and behavioral evaluations before being released for adoption. Included are all current vaccines, microchipping, neutering surgery, flea, tick and worm treatments, felv/fiv testing for cats at the discretion of our veterinarian or heartworm prevention for cats. dogs. The adoption package also includes a leash or temporary carrier, $250 in medical care with VCA Animals Hospitals, a certificate for a free exam at a local veterinary hospital, optional discounted pet insurance, and a 30% off dog training classes through Berkeley Humane’s. dog training program, Spay the Bay.

“So if you’ve been thinking about adding a furry pet to your family before the holiday season, this weekend really is the best time to do it,” Zerwekh said.

WHO: Berkeley Humane (Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society)
WHAT: “Empty the Shelters” Adoption Fee Reduction ($50)
WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2, 2022, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHY: Return pets to loving families, freeing up space for other animals

With roots dating back to 1895, Berkeley Humane today serves the people and animals in our community by providing life-saving programs for cats and dogs, cultivating compassion, and strengthening the human-animal bond. With the support of a team of dedicated and talented volunteers and staff, Berkeley Humane welcomes animals from municipal shelters in the Bay Area who often need medical attention, better nutrition, enrichment and a lot of love. Learn more at

BISSELL Pet Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to help reduce the number of animals in shelters through pet adoption, spaying programs , vaccinations, a microchip and emergency aid. Founded in 2011 by Cathy Bissell, BPF is an extension of her lifelong love for animals and commitment to their well-being. BPF has since partnered with more than 5,600 shelters and shelters across the United States and Canada to help animals find loving homes. The foundation is supported by generous donors and BISSELL Inc. where every purchase saves pets. To learn more, visit

Elizabeth Ottinger
Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society
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