BISSELL Pet Foundation and Dogtopia Team Up to "Empty the Shelters"

BISSELL Pet Foundation, a national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending pet homelessness, is excited to announce it will team up with Dogtopia for the foundation's first “Empty the Shelters” national adoption event of 2023. From May 1 to 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 just $50 or less, including Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA.


Location: Rockingham Harrisonburg SPCA
Address: 2170 Old Furnace Rd. Rockingham, VA 22802
Dates: May 1 – May 15, 2023
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 10am – 4pm, evening hours Wednesday 5pm-7pm
  • All dogs and cats, 6 months and older, adoption fees reduced to only $25
  • Adoptable animals are spayed or neutered, microchipped, health examined and up to date on all vaccines.
  • Animals available for adoption can be viewed on the website:


RHSPCA will be open for adoption from 10am – 7pm each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during the adoption special.

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. An average of 1,000 shelter pets are adopted each day during each quarterly national event. Through this partnership and continued support, the foundation is looking forward to reaching more pets in more shelters and communities during this upcoming 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 forshelters 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."

“This will be the fourth year the Rockingham Harrisonburg SPCA will participate in the Empty the Shelters adoption event. Anyone who’s been thinking of adding a family member should come out and meet the wonderful pets available for an adoption fee of only $25. It’s a small price for a lifetime of companionship. We’re also extending hours to stay open until 7pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays during the adoption special.”

BISSELL Pet Foundation and RHSPCA urge families to do their research about the pet they are interested in adopting, as well as adoption requirements. For more information on adopting or donating to “Empty the Shelters,” visit as well as

About BISSELL Pet Foundation:

BISSELL Pet Foundation is a charitable 501©(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to help reduce the number of animals in shelters through pet adoption, spay/neuter programs, microchipping, and crisis and disaster response. Founded in 2011 by Cathy Bissell, BPF is an extension of her long-standing love for animals and commitment to their welfare. BPF has since partnered with more than 5,700 shelters and rescues across the U.S. and Canada to help pets find loving homes. The foundation is supported by generous donors and BISSELL Homecare, Inc., where every purchase saves pets. To learn more, visit

About the Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA

The Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA is the Shenandoah Valley’s largest open-admission animal shelter serving residents of the City of Harrisonburg and County of Rockingham for 50 years. The mission of the Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA is to create a community free of pet homelessness and animal suffering. We bring our mission to life through shelter and adoption of animals, reducing pet overpopulation, and providing resources to improve the lives of animals and their people. We continue to implement a lifesaving model for our community and increase the live release rate for the animals that come into our care. Visit to learn more.

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