Our daily work brings about a more just society, in which every shelter pet has the opportunity to live a happy life. Learn more


We look to the immense abilities, knowledge, and enthusiasm of people and organizations to help us recruit more supporters and innovators in this no-kill era of animal welfare. Learn more

Foster Care

At the heart of our mission to save 8 million lives every year is a very important group of people: foster caregivers. 
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We fund innovative solutions and creative thinking. We believe that solutions to the barriers, challenges and obstacles on the path to a no-kill nation already exist. Learn more


We encourage and enable research within the animal welfare industry that tests innovative ideas, and fund projects and programs in order to break through barriers, boundaries and obstacles.  Learn more


From Maddie's University to Maddie Talks and webcasts, you'll find cutting edge information about animal care and best practices for both animal welfare professionals and the community at large. Learn more

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    The Million Cat Challenge is saving shelter cats, #ThanksToMaddie!

    February 16, 2017

    “Every cat counts.” That’s the motto of our funded Million Cat Challenge, and it’s one Maddie’s FundĀ® wholeheartedly believes in. That’s why, from April 29 to May 31, 2016, we gave 596 grants totaling $617,500 to shelters that joined the Challenge and to shelters Challenge that referred new participants. The Million Cat Challenge was launched… Learn More Learn More

    Use social media to get more foster homes for big dogs

    February 15, 2017

    Can you save 44 large dogs’ lives in 14 days through the power of social media? Austin Pets Alive! (APA!) did just that, and in this recording from the 2015 Best Friends National Conference, Fai... Learn More

    Apply today, and raise the standard of animal sheltering management

    February 14, 2017

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    Adopted pets are rescued by love, saved by shelter medicine

    February 09, 2017

    If you’ve adopted a pet from an animal shelter or rescue group, you know how powerful the bond... Learn More