From the Broome County Humane Society:
Broome County Humane Society to Participate in a $25 Weeklong Empty the Shelters Adoption Special
Binghamton, NY — 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 Broome County Humane Society for $25 by viewing adoptable animals online at www.bchumanesoc.com/adoptions. Once an online application is submitted, shelter staff will work with potential adopters to schedule an in-person appointment with social distancing in mind. The current need to Empty the Shelter, especially for cats, is at an all-time high with the promise of an increased need for capacity in the weeks to come to aid the community.
“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 and the Broome County Humane Society encourage 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.
If you’re unable to adopt, please consider donating to the Broome County Humane Society at http://bchumanesoc.com/