Empty the Shelters ft. Toby

Empty the Shelters - Spring National Event

Rutherford County PAWS Partners with BISSELL Pet Foundation to Reduces Adoption Fees  

PAWS joins 380+ shelters nationwide participating in “Empty the Shelters” reduced-fee adoption event

MURFREESBORO, TN. 4/24/24—BISSELL Pet Foundation, a national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending pet homelessness, is prompting a national call for adoption once again this spring with its “Empty the Shelters” reduced-fee adoption event May 1 – 15. Rutherford County PAWS will participate along with more than 380 shelters in 43 states. To help deserving shelter pets find loving homes, BISSELL Pet Foundation sponsors reduced adoption fees of $50 or less per cat or dog during each nationwide event.

  • PAWS will participate May 1-15, at 285 John R. Rice Blvd. Murfreesboro, TN 37129, offering fee-waived adoptions for cats, dogs, puppies, and kittens.
  • All interested adopters can find more details online at https://rutherfordcountytn.gov/paws.  

"Our nation’s animal shelters are facing a capacity crisis and need your help now. Adoptions have slowed while a surge in owner surrenders due to families facing economic and housing challenges has left tens of thousands of highly adoptable pets desperate to find homes," said Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. "Our Spring National ‘Empty the Shelters' will support the adoption of thousands of pets across the country, helping shelters in this critical time. Opening your home to a shelter pet saves a life and creates lifesaving space to help another pet in need."

BISSELL Pet Foundation’s “Empty the Shelters” event is the largest funded adoption event in the country. This lifesaving event began in 2016 with a goal of encouraging more families to choose adoption. More than 226, 000 pets have found loving homes since its inception. “Empty the Shelters” is BISSELL Pet Foundation’s largest program, partnering with 742 animal welfare organizations in 49 states and Canada to reduce adoption fees.

BISSELL Pet Foundation and PAWS urge families to research the pet they are interested in adopting, as well as adoption requirements. For more information on adopting or donating to “Empty the Shelters,” visit www.bissellpetfoundation.org/empty-the-shelters and https://rutherfordcountytn.gov/paws.

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, vaccinations, microchipping and emergency support. 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 6,000 shelters and rescues across the U.S. and Canada to help pets find loving homes. The foundation is supported by generous donors and BISSELL Inc. where every purchase saves pets. To learn more, visit www.bissellpetfoundation.org.


PAWS PET FEST - Sponsored by Petco Love

Rutherford County PAWS, “PAWS PET FEST” – quarterly adoption special sponsored by Petco Love

MURFREESBORO, TN- Rutherford County PAWS hosts quarterly “PAWS PET FEST” adoption special sponsored by Petco Love this spring! Petco Love has partnered with PAWS, sponsoring adoption fees for adoptable pets in efforts to help relieve partial financial load, bringing several shelter pets to their forever, loving families.

Bring the family to PAWS and find your new companion on Saturday, May 18th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. PAWS will be visited by a local food vendor “Momma Joy’s” serving up some delicious lunch items you won’t want to miss! Don’t forget to visit the PAWS table to spin the wheel for a prize.

Petco Love has been creating a better world for animals and people who love and need them since 1999. Beginning with love and one powerful mission, Petco Love has expanded into helping shelters across the country and PAWS just so happens to be a part of it! Because of Petco Love, we have been able to match several pets to their forever families during these events. We are looking forward to what’s to come.

“As someone who has adopted from PAWS and found her fur-baby, I can personally say that having Petco Love cover the adoption fees, is a real blessing. Every day I see the animals in the shelter get excited as someone walks through their area, just hoping someone will finally adopt them. Although every staff member takes every opportunity to love on them while in our care and adopt when able, we still need help from community members who are willing to give these precious animals a home of their own. Won’t you consider joining us during this special adoption event?” Deby Klein, PAWS Administrative Assistant.

Approved applicants who adopt from PAWS receive a courtesy bag of Hill’s Science Diet pet food and an adoption package with special pet offers, pet parenting tips and info. All available animals are already spayed or neutered and up-to-date on vaccinations.

To learn more about adopting a pet, contact PAWS at 615-898-7740 or email: [email protected]. PAWS is located at 285 John R. Rice Blvd. in Murfreesboro.

Car Show Flyer

SPRING CAR SHOW at Streetside Classics

Join us at Streetside Classics Saturday, June 1st from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for refreshments, food vendors, and a live DJ! 

We are excited to announce that Streetside Classics has dedicated 100% of the show's proceeds to benefit PAWS! You may purchase a raffle ticket for $1 for a chance to win great prizes.

For more information on this event, please contact Streetside Classics at 615-930-0600.