Animal rescue group wants to ‘Empty the Shelters’

Published 4:57 pm Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Brookhaven Animal Rescue League is ready to find new homes for available cats and dogs as part of the “Empty the Shelters” nationwide campaign.

From now until May 17, pets can be adopted for $25, with BISSELL Pet Foundation covering the rest of the cost. The goal is to help shelters adopt out animals that have had to wait a little longer than normal due to shelter in place orders across.

“As a foundation we pivoted quickly to help ensure adoptions continue,” said Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. “I am extremely proud of our incredible shelter partners who are adapting to this new norm of virtual visits, online paperwork and adoptions facilitated by appointment only.”

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Due to the outbreak of coronavirus, shelters have been forced to close their doors and decrease visitors to only employees. Despite that, pets have been available for adoption through BARL by appointment only. This is to decrease the chance of spreading COVID-19.

“We’re always looking for these homeless animals to find families, so that’s the main thing,” said board president Rusty Adcock.

All animals are vaccinated and spayed or neutered, with dogs being microchipped. Available animals can be viewed online at

BARL is still using curbside adoption as a means to adopt animals out due to the governor’s Safer at Home order.

“Everybody’s been good about following those guidelines,” Adcock said.

The campaign has been positive for the animal shelter during the outbreak of COVID-19.

“So far we’ve had 20 animals adopted,” Adcock said. “Saturday was really busy.”

The campaign runs until May 17, and Adcock feels good about it.

“Hopefully we’ll have another good weekend,” Adcock said. “For anyone looking for a new best friend, we’ve got them.”

For more information, call BARL at 601-757-4367.


Story by Gracie Byrne