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Maddie's Lifesaving Award in Berkeley, California 

  • Awarded: April 2009
  • Funding: $474,000
  • Lead Agency: Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society

The Berkeley Alliance for Homeless Animals Coalition (BAHAC) in Berkeley, California has achieved no-kill status (saving all healthy and treatable shelter pets) and has maintained it since 2002.

In recognition of this outstanding achievement, the alliance has been given the prestigious Maddie's® Lifesaving Award and an unrestricted grant of $474,000.

The Berkeley Alliance for Homeless Animals Coalition is made up of three organizations. Each will share in the grant according to their 2007 adoption performance. The recipients are: the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society ($200,240); Berkeley Animal Care Services ($176,320); and Home at Last Animal Rescue ($97,440). The communities served by the coalition include Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville and Piedmont, California.

In spite of the fact that many of the animals awaiting adoption at Berkeley Animal Care Services are pit bulls and pit mixes, and that as many as 40-50% of the animals at Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society and Home at Last Animal Rescue are elderly, FIV positive, in need of extra socialization or have other treatable conditions, the live release for the coalition is 93%. Intake for all organizations in 2007 was 2,570.

The Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society will focus the added resources on older cats and dogs and treatable pets; Home at Last Rescue will use the award to pay veterinary expenses and create a reserve fund to weather the recession; the City of Berkeley will apply its grant money to a new shelter and existing programs.