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Maddie's Pet Adoption Days 

  • Dates: May 31 - June 1, 2014
  • Potential Funding: $10M
  • Participating Organizations: 200
  • Adoption Goal: 10,000

Maddie's® Pet Adoption Days is the nation's biggest free pet adoption event. Its purpose is to increase awareness of shelter animals, shed light on the tireless efforts of shelters and rescue organizations, and find new families for homeless dogs and cats. The adoption event honors the memory of the foundation's namesake, a Miniature Schnauzer named Maddie.

Maddie's® Pet Adoption Days will be held the weekend of May 31 - June 1, 2014, and in its fifth year, will expand to include 200 animal shelters and rescue groups in 14 communities across the U.S. Maddie's Fund has earmarked $10 million as a way to give back to the participating organizations, donating up to $2,000 per adopted dog or cat. The goal of the event is to find loving homes for 10,000 homeless dogs and cats over the weekend by waiving all adoption fees for the public.

The participating communities for 2014 include:

Alabama
Mobile County (New)

Arizona
Maricopa County (New)

California
Alameda County
Contra Costa County
San Francisco
Santa Clara County

Florida
Gainesville (Alachua County)
Lee County (New)

New York
New York City
Tompkins County (New)

Nevada
Washoe County

Virginia
Richmond (New)

Vermont (New)

Wisconsin
Dane County

History: Maddie's® Pet Adoption Days started in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2010, where Maddie's Fund® is headquartered. To date, Maddie's Fund has awarded $11.3 million to the participating groups which have adopted a total of 15,154 dogs and cats during the past four events. The money given by Maddie's Fund has enabled shelters to treat and rehabilitate senior pets and those with medical conditions - animals who likely would have been euthanized otherwise.

Maddie's® Pet Adoption Days is a collaborative effort of countless people who want to save the lives of shelter animals, a testament to what can be done when people come together and rally for a common cause.