The Maui News: Maui Humane Society participates in Empty the Shelters

Poke is a dog located at the Maui Humane Society in need of a permanent home. Maui Humane Society photos

The Maui Humane Society is participating in a nationwide adoption event that offers zero to low cost adoption fees for a limited time.

The BISSELL Pet Foundation, a national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending pet homelessness, announced it will team up with Dogtopia for the foundation’s first “Empty the Shelters” national adoption event of 2023.

Starting today through May 15, BISSELL Pet Foundation’s Spring National “Empty the Shelters” will occur at more than 350 shelters in 45 states with pets available for adoption for $50 or less, including Maui Humane Society.

Maui Humane Society will participate until May 15, offering $0 adoption fees for dogs over 6 months, cats, all small animals, and a reduced adoption fee of $25 for all kittens.

All interested adopters can find all adoptable animals at

“As our shelter and foster homes are both full, Empty the Shelters comes at a crucial time to help find forever homes for our animals,” said Jess Gambsky, Director of Animal Care for BISSELL Pet Foundation. “Kitten season is in full swing, so we are ecstatic to participate in an event that helps place animals in homes at a reduced rate for our community.”

Maui Humane Society urges families to do their research about the pet they are interested in adopting, as well as adoption requirements.

Since the 2016 inception of BISSELL Pet Foundation’s “Empty the Shelters,” nearly 140,000 pets at 605 animal welfare organizations in 47 states and Canada have received second chances, a news release said.

An average of 1,000 shelter pets are adopted each day during each quarterly national event.

“BISSELL Pet Foundation’s Empty the Shelters is proven to make a lifesaving difference, and we are thrilled to team up with Dogtopia, who shares our vision to give every pet their best life,” said Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. “This is a very difficult time for shelters across the country, with increasing owner surrenders due to the housing crisis and inflation as well as slowed adoption rates. With Dogtopia’s partnership, we are hopeful more pets than ever will find homes during this national event.”

For more information on adopting or donating to the program, visit and

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