October 16, 2012
Maddie's Fund® announced a new pilot program for adoption guarantee organizations in Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco Counties to support the adoptions of senior and/or homeless dogs and cats originating from animal control shelters in those counties.
Maddie's® Treatable Assistance Program will provide adoption stipends of $700 per adoption of medically treatable or senior dogs and cats transferred from animal control shelters in Alameda, Contra Costa or San Francisco County and $1,400 per adoption of medically treatable and senior dogs and cats transferred from animal control shelters in Alameda, Contra Costa or San Francisco County. The program will run through December 31, 2013.
Maddie's Fund is piloting the subsidy program to give local shelters and rescues the means to find more homes for vulnerable shelter pets, strengthen the relationship between animal control shelters and adoption guarantee groups, and shift some of the burden of responsibility for these pets away from cash-strapped government agencies. So far, 19 organizations have enthusiastically signed on. "Tomorrow we are taking 14-year-olds Chuck and Egg from Oakland Animal Services, both of whom have medical conditions that require treatment," wrote Ann Dunn, President of Cat Town. "This is an amazing opportunity for us."
Maddie's Fund® is a family foundation founded in 1994 by Workday® co-founder Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, who have endowed the Foundation with more than $300 million. Since then, they have awarded more than $153 million in grants toward increased community lifesaving, shelter medicine education, and pet adoptions across the U.S. The Duffields named Maddie's Fund after their Miniature Schnauzer Maddie, who always made them laugh and comforted them during stressful business times when Dave was launching a startup software company. Maddie was with Dave and Cheryl from 1987-1997 and continues to inspire them today.