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February 11, 2013
Contact: Lynn Spivak, Communications Director Tel: 510.337.8979 Email: spivak@maddiesfund.org

Maddie's Fund Joins Ad Council & NBC's TODAY Show for Weeklong Series Debut of Public Service Ads Featuring TODAY's Anchors

As part of a weeklong series on NBC's TODAY Show called "TODAY Takes Action," shelter pet adoption is the social issue of choice for co-anchor Natalie Morales.

Natalie worked in partnership with Maddie's Fund, the Ad Council and The Humane Society of the United States to create a pro bono TV ad with leading global ad agency Draftfcb Chicago to support The Shelter Pet Project, the first national PSA campaign that brings together the largest animal welfare organizations and shelters across the country to promote the adoption of shelter pets.

Her fellow anchors also worked with the Ad Council, a non-profit and leading producer of PSA campaigns for over 70 years, and other leading advertising agencies throughout the country on messages supporting social issues they personally selected from among the Ad Council's 50 national campaigns. Matt Lauer chose Fatherhood Involvement, Savannah Guthrie focused on Hunger Prevention and Al Roker selected Emergency Preparedness. Each of the four anchors participated in brainstorming sessions with the ad agencies to help inform the creative process and finished product.

Natalie Morales is very passionate about the issue of shelter pet adoptions after having adopted her dog, Zara, following a pet adoption segment for TODAY in April 2011.

"The animal lovers of America are indebted to Natalie Morales and NBC's TODAY Show for helping to create a no-kill nation by promoting shelter pet adoptions and The Shelter Pet Project during 'TODAY Takes Action' week," said Rich Avanzino, President of Maddie's Fund.

The new PSAs are being distributed to NBC stations nationwide. The production costs for the PSAs have been provided by the Ad Council's non-profit and federal government partners. NBC is also featuring content about the series on TODAY Show's website and you can follow the series on Twitter at #TODAYTakesAction.

About Maddie's Fund

Maddie's Fund® is a family foundation endowed by the founder of Workday® and PeopleSoft, Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl. Maddie's Fund is helping to achieve and sustain a no-kill nation by providing solutions to the most challenging issues facing the animal welfare community through the combined efforts of Maddie's® Grant Giving, Maddie's CenterSM (hands-on animal care), and Maddie's InstituteSM (research and education). Maddie's Fund is named after the family's beloved Miniature Schnauzer who passed away in 1997.