Little Dog’s Big Legacy Leads to $10 Million Pledge for Nation’s Largest Free Pet Adoption Event
May 14, 2014
Sharon Fletcher, Director of Marketing & Communications
A Miniature Schnauzer named Maddie inspired a $300 million legacy dedicated to giving every dog and cat in the United States what she had: a loving home. This year, $10 million of that legacy will go to Maddie's® Pet Adoption Days, a free pet adoption event for the nation's homeless dogs and cats, now in its fifth year.
Maddie was a beloved four-legged family member of David Duffield, founder of Workday® and PeopleSoft, and his wife, Cheryl. For the last four years, Maddie's Fund®, their family's foundation, has sponsored Maddie's® Pet Adoption Days to honor her memory.
"When we look into the eyes of the dogs and cats at the adoption event, we see Maddie's spirit in every one of them," says Duffield. "We want all of them to have a chance to inspire, love and enrich the lives of their future families the way Maddie did ours."
This year, Maddie's® Pet Adoption Days will be held the weekend of May 31 - June 1, 2014, and will expand to include 200 animal shelters and rescue groups in 591 cities 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:
Mobile County (New)
Maricopa County (New)
Contra Costa County
Santa Clara County
Gainesville (Alachua County)
Lee County (New)
New York City
Tompkins County (New)
For more information about Maddie's® Pet Adoption Days visit http://adopt.maddiesfund.org
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.