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Maddie's Fund grants are designed to help build and sustain a no-kill nation so shelter dogs and cats can be guaranteed a loving home.

Grant Giving 

Maddie's Fund® has awarded animal welfare organizations and universities more than $153 million to save animal lives.

Maddie's Fund grants are designed to help build and sustain a no-kill nation so shelter dogs and cats can be guaranteed a loving home. The foundation provides strategic funding to collaborative organizations and communities that are leading the way in saving healthy and treatable shelter dogs and cats. Grants are also awarded to establish shelter medicine programs at colleges of veterinary medicine so the specialized knowledge and skills of faculty and students can be incorporated in the effort to save all healthy and treatable shelter dogs and cats nationwide.

Grantmaking efforts focus on organizations that honor the foundation's core values of honesty, integrity and mutual respect.

Maddie's Pet Adoption Days

Maddie's Pet Adoption Days is the nation's biggest no-cost shelter pet adoption event. In addition to helping find homes for shelter dogs and cats, this annual event aims to increase awareness of shelter animals and recognize and support the tireless efforts of shelters and rescue organizations. The adoption event honors the memory of our foundation's namesake, Maddie.  Read More

Maddie's Treatable Assistance Program

Maddie's Treatable Assistance Program supports the adoptions of senior and/or medically treatable homeless dogs and cats originating from animal control shelters in Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco Counties. The program provides adoption stipends of $700 per adoption of medically treatable or senior dogs and cats and $1,400 per adoption of medically treatable and senior dogs and cats. The program has been approved for $6M and runs from October 2012 through December 2014.  Read More

Colleges of Veterinary Medicine

Maddie's Fund is supporting U.S. Colleges of Veterinary Medicine developing shelter medicine programs. There are six different funding opportunities available.  Read More

Community Lifesaving Awards

Maddie's Fund recognized communities that achieved adoption guarantee or no-kill status for shelter dogs and cats.  Read More

The Shelter Pet Project

Maddie's Fund is collaborating with The HSUS and the Ad Council on a pet adoption campaign encouraging Americans to adopt shelter dogs and cats.  Read More

Medical Equipment Grants

Maddie's Fund has provided medical equipment grants for adoption guarantee shelters that employ at least one full-time veterinarian. We are not currently accepting new proposals for this grant type.  Read More

Community Shelter Data Grants

Maddie's Fund has supported coalitions that collected and reported shelter data. We are not currently accepting new applications for this grant type.  Read More

Community Collaborative Projects

Maddie's Fund has supported collaborations between animal welfare organizations and veterinarians aiming to achieve a no-kill community for shelter dogs and cats. We are currently not accepting new applications for this grant type.  Read More

Maddie's Tail Wag

Maddie's Tail Wag is a collection of activities and coloring pages for animal lovers six-years-old and younger.  Read More

How You Can Help

Find out how to give wisely to animal charities, do effective hands-on work for the animals or follow the path of individuals who have mustered extraordinary perseverance and determination to make a difference for the animals in their communities.  Read More