Dane County animal welfare groups and veterinarians to receive $1 million over five years to save all healthy and treatable shelter cats
August 1, 2008
Sharon Fletcher, Director of Marketing & Communications
Maddie's Fund® the Pet Rescue Foundation (www.maddiesfund.org), has awarded a $252,000 grant to support the first year of Maddie's® Pet Rescue Project and Maddie's® Spay/Neuter Project in Dane County, Wisconsin. As goals are achieved, Maddie's Fund will provide animal welfare groups and veterinarians over $1 million to end the killing of Dane County's healthy and treatable shelter cats. (Dane County is already saving all of its healthy and treatable shelter dogs.)
Maddie's Pet Rescue Project is led by Dane County Humane Society (DCHS) working with two adoption guarantee organizations-Shelter from the Storm and Dane County Friends of Ferals. The first year goal is to increase the total number of cats adopted by 353 over the baseline year and decrease the number cats euthanized in Dane
County shelters by at least 353 below baseline. Offsite adoption programs, new staff, expanded hours and events are a few of the ways the coalition plans to increase adoptions. The collaboration's first event, a 29 hour adoption marathon called Catapalooza found homes for 80 cats!
Maddie's Spay/Neuter Project is also administered by DCHS. Surgeries will be performed by participating private practice veterinarians and by participating nonprofit spay/neuter clinics. The program is available to Dane County low-income residents who receive Medicaid or BadgerCare assistance or Food Stamps and have companion cats; it is also available to Dane County residents who manage feral cat colonies. The total number of cat surgeries to be performed under this program is 4,123. The first year goal is 1,250.
"Our past experience funding a 2 ½ year feral cat spay/neuter program in Dane County was a huge success," said Maddie's Fund President, Rich Avanzino. "I have no doubt that this community collaborative effort will equal or exceed those previous lifesaving accomplishments."
About Maddie's Fund
Maddie's Fund® is a family foundation created in 1994 by Workday® co-founder Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, who have endowed the Foundation with more than $300 million. Since then, the Foundation has awarded more than $208.9 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 gave them great joy. Maddie was with Dave and Cheryl for ten years and continues to inspire them today.
Maddie's Fund is the fulfillment of a promise to an inspirational dog, investing its resources to create a no-kill nation where every dog and cat is guaranteed a healthy home or habitat. #ThanksToMaddie.