Press Releases

Press Releases

Maddie's Fund Grants $4 Million to Support Pet Lifesaving Training Academy in Austin, TX

December 5, 2017
Maddie's Fund®, a national family foundation established by Dave and Cheryl Duffield to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals, has awarded a three-year $4 million grant to Austin Pets Alive! to support Maddie's® Lifesaving Academy at Austin Pets Alive! and Austin Animal Center in Texas. Read More

Maddie's Fund Names Dr. Julie Levy As 2017 Avanzino Leadership Award Recipient

November 8, 2017
Maddie's Fund, a national family foundation established by Dave and Cheryl Duffield to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals, has presented the 2017 Avanzino Leadership Award to Dr. Julie Levy for her outstanding leadership and significant achievements in lifesaving. Read More

Pima Animal Care Center Receives $573,536 Grant to Implement Model Lifesaving Program, Thanks to Maddie

October 12, 2017
Maddie's Fund, a national family foundation established by Dave and Cheryl Duffield to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals, has awarded a three-year $573,536 grant to Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) in Tucson, AZ, to create a large-scale, high volume foster program, as a model program for other U.S. shelters to follow. Read More

San Francisco SPCA and Central Valley Rescue Rail Road to Host Central Valley Summit for Animal Welfare, Thanks to Maddie

September 26, 2017
San Francisco, CA -- The San Francisco SPCA and Central Valley Rescue Railroad (CVRR) are partnering to save lives by hosting the first Central Valley Summit for Animal Welfare, thanks to a generous grant from Maddie's Fund. The summit will focus exclusively on developing more opportunities to transfer dogs and cats from rescues and shelters in the Central Valley region to organizations that successfully rehome them. Building a more robust transfer network will lower euthanasia rates, improve welfare at shelters, and help solve the problem of pet overpopulation. Read More

Maddie's Fund Has Committed $1 Million To Help Animals Affected By Hurricane Harvey

September 2, 2017
Maddie's Fund®, a national family foundation established by Dave and Cheryl Duffield to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals, has committed $1 million to animal welfare organizations for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. These funds will support organizations that are helping animals directly affected by the catastrophic Hurricane Harvey. The hurricane, which has poured 20 trillion gallons of water on the Houston, TX, area alone, is predicted to have an aftermath worse than that of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Read More

Los Angeles County's Agoura Animal Care Center Showcases New Colorful Look as Portraits of Hope Begins to Introduce its Latest Makeovers for the Shelters This Friday

July 27, 2017
Portraits of Hope will introduce the new look for LA County's Agoura Animal Care Center at a showcasing event on Friday, July, 28th at 11A in front of the horse area. All LA County animal shelter revitalizations by Portraits of Hope are imminent with the Carson Animal Center nearing its colorful makeover as well. Read More

Animal Welfare Industry Harnesses Technology To Revolutionize Lifesaving, Thanks To Maddie

July 13, 2017
Maddie's Fund®, a national family foundation established by Dave and Cheryl Duffield to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals, has developed and launched a new online platform called Maddie's® Pet Forum. This Forum is an online community developed to increase collaboration, transparency and engagement within the animal welfare industry and with pet caregivers and the general public, all in the name of lifesaving. Read More

Maddie's Fund Launches Revolutionary App To Help Shelter Pets Succeed In Their Journey Beyond The Shelter

May 9, 2017
Maddie's Fund®, a national family foundation established by Dave and Cheryl Duffield to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals, has just launched Maddie's® Pet Assistant (MPA), an app to help foster caregivers and adopters with enhanced support for questions and challenges after bringing a pet into their home, while providing valuable insights to shelters and rescue organizations. Read More

Maddie's Fund Surprises Animal Welfare Superheroes With $150K In Grant Awards

April 26, 2017
Maddie's Fund®, a national family foundation established by Dave and Cheryl Duffield to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals, has surprised 15 animal welfare leaders with Maddie Hero Awards for their incredible efforts in furthering the no-kill nation mission through shelter medicine, community lifesaving and big picture thinking. Read More

Maddie's Fund Continues Support of Shelter Animals Count Database With $100,000 Grant

April 19, 2017
Maddie's Fund, a national family foundation established by Dave and Cheryl Duffield to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals, has made a $100,000 investment in Shelter Animals Count. Read More

ASPCA Partners with Maddie's Fund® to Support the Million Cat Challenge

April 5, 2017
NEW YORK -The ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) has joined forces with Maddie's Fund®, the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program, and Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida to support the Million Cat Challenge (The Challenge). Read More

Target Zero Receives $750,000 to Help More Communities Across the U.S. Increase Lifesaving, Thanks to Maddie

February 28, 2017
Maddie's Fund, a national family foundation established by Dave and Cheryl Duffield to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals has awarded Target Zero $750,000 over three years to expand operations to increase their lifesaving impact in more communities in the country. Read More

Cat Town Receives $162,500 to Increase Lifesaving Capacity at Cat Town Café, Thanks To Maddie

February 15, 2017
Maddie's Fund, a national family foundation established by Dave and Cheryl Duffield to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals, has awarded Cat Town $162,500 to expand Cat Town Café. Read More

Maddie's Fund Invests $2 Million in Adopt-a-Pet.com

January 19, 2017
Maddie's Fund®, a national family foundation established by Dave and Cheryl Duffield to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals, has made a $2 Million investment in Adopt-a-Pet.com to help expand its technology and bolster public interest and involvement in pet adoption and fostering. Read More

Maddie's Fund Awards Avanzino Leadership Award to Dr. Ellen Jefferson of Austin Pets Alive!

November 3, 2016
Maddie's Fund®, a national family foundation based in Pleasanton, CA, awarded the first annual Avanzino Leadership Award to Dr. Ellen Jefferson of Austin Pets Alive! for her outstanding leadership and significant achievement in lifesaving. Read More

Nevada Humane Society Receives $383,000 to Expand Lifesaving Mission in Carson City Thanks to Maddie

October 4, 2016
Maddie's Fund®, a national family foundation based in Pleasanton, CA, awarded $383,000 to Nevada Humane Society (NHS) to outfit the new Carson City shelter, which will aid in their lifesaving mission and allow them to adequately provide for the community. To show their gratitude, NHS is naming the new adoption center Maddie's® Adoption Center, and Carson City Mayor Bob Crowell has proclaimed Tuesday, October 4th Carson City will be renamed "Maddie's City." Read More

Thanks to Maddie, Dogs Playing for Life Receives $50K to Expand Shelter Dog Enrichment

September 7, 2016
Maddie's Fund®, a national family foundation based in Pleasanton, CA, awarded Dogs Playing for Life™ (DPFL) $50,000 to expand the reach of their lifesaving education program model to 10 additional at-risk animal shelters across the nation. This program provides behavioral health enrichment for shelter dogs in the form of playgroups. DPFL will deliver educational seminars for not only the shelter staff and volunteers at these 10 locations, but also to all the neighboring rescue groups' and shelters' staff and volunteers, for maximum lifesaving impact within a community. Read More

Maddie's Fund Invests $442,250 in Lifesaving Training Academy to Help America Get to No-Kill

August 31, 2016
Maddie's Fund®, a national family foundation based in Pleasanton, CA, awarded Austin Pets Alive!, in partnership with Austin Animal Center, $442,250 to support the beginning of an Austin-based Training Academy to teach other organizations a systematic method for achieving no-kill in their home communities. Read More

Fix Our Ferals Receives $50,000 Matching Grant to Reopen Vital Spay-Neuter Center Thanks to Maddie

August 24, 2016
Maddie's Fund®, a national family foundation based in Pleasanton, CA, has awarded Fix Our Ferals a $50,000 matching grant to support the reopening and sustainability of their spay-neuter center to serve Alameda and Contra Costa County community cats, shelter cats and those of low-income families. Maddie's Fund will match every donation up to $50,000 through October 15. Read More

Maddie's Fund Invests $300K for Animal Shelter Revitalization Public Art Project With Portraits of Hope

August 17, 2016
Maddie's Fund®, a national family foundation based in Pleasanton, CA, awarded Portraits of Hope (POH) $300,000 to support their public art initiative to make animal shelters more inviting, appealing and attractive public spaces to help drive people to those venues to adopt dogs and cats in need of a home. Read More

First Coast No More Homeless Pets Receives $300,000 to Support Animal Welfare Model of the Future Thanks to Maddie

August 16, 2016
Maddie's Fund®, a national family foundation based in Pleasanton, CA, has awarded First Coast No More Homeless Pets (FCNMHP) of Jacksonville, Florida with a grant of $300,000 to support the opening of their second low-cost veterinary hospital and to aid in implementing their lifesaving programs across the country. Read More

Allie’s Pals Cat Rescue Receives $62k To Save Special Needs Cats Thanks To Maddie

August 12, 2016
Maddie's Fund®, a Pleasanton, CA-based national family foundation, has awarded $62,000 to the newly formed Allie’s Pals Cat Rescue (APCR) of Pleasanton, CA. The grant will be used to support the lifesaving of special needs cats in the Tri-Valley area. Read More

San Antonio Pets Alive! Receives $318,000 to Bolster Leadership Thanks to Maddie

August 4, 2016
Maddie's Fund®, a national family foundation based in Pleasanton, CA, awarded San Antonio Pets Alive! (SAPA!) with a Maddie's® Fellowship Bootcamp Grant in the amount of $318,000. This grant will fund the hiring and a 12-month mentorship program for three key leadership positions: an Executive Director, Development Director, and Operations Director. Read More

Maddie's Fund Surprises Industry Super Heroes with $90K in Grant Awards

May 12, 2016
Maddie's Fund, a national family foundation based in Pleasanton, CA, has surprised nine animal welfare leaders with the first ever Maddie Hero Awards for their incredible efforts in animal lifesaving and furthering our no-kill nation mission. Read More

Maddie's Fund Invests $2 Million In Shelterluv

May 5, 2016
Maddie's Fund, a California-based national family foundation, today announced its investment of $2 Million in Shelterluv, a company focused on software for the next generation of animal rescues and shelters. Read More

Maddie's Fund Offers Grants to Boost Participation in National Shelter Animals Count Database

March 25, 2016
Maddie's Fund, a national family foundation based in Pleasanton, CA, is offering grants to boost participation in the national Shelter Animals Count database during the period of March 25th through April 30th. Read More

Social Media Superstars Lend Star Power to The Shelter Pet Project's 2016 Campaign to Find Homes for Millions of Cats and Dogs

January 29, 2016
Three of the Internet’s most beloved pets are teaming up to help the millions of cats and dogs in shelters and rescue groups across the country find loving homes. Fashion icon Toast Meets World, globally recognized pianist Keyboard Cat and life of the party Hamilton Pug are lending their star power to "Start A Story. Adopt,” a new public service advertising (PSA) campaign from The Shelter Pet Project, a collaborative effort between Maddie’s Fund®, The Humane Society of the United States and the Ad Council. Read More

Maddie's Fund Surpasses Expectations with a Record Number of Pet Adoptions in 2014 Two Day Event

October 21, 2014
Maddie's Fund today announced the final number of adoptions made at their 2014 Maddie's Pet Adoption Days event. An unparalleled 16,665 dogs and cats found homes during the nation's largest free pet adoption event, sponsored by Maddie's Fund. This represents a 98% increase over last year's 8,432 adoptions for this two-day event. Maddie's Fund originally set aside $10 million to underwrite the adoptions managed by participating organizations this year, however, the total donation awarded to groups for qualifying adoptions this year was actually $13.3 million. Read More

Maddie's Fund Celebrates the Pawsitively Incredible Science of Dogs at Chabot Space & Science Center

July 31, 2014
Can the relationship between dogs and people lead us to a better world? Maddie's Fund President Rich Avanzino thinks so, and will join the Chabot Space & Science Center as the keynote speaker to celebrate the "Pawsitively Incredible Science of Dogs" at the Second Annual Dog Days of Summer on August 9, 2014, in Oakland, California. And yes, dogs are allowed! Read More

Maddie's Fund Exceeds Goal with 15,000 Adoptions in Two Days

June 3, 2014
An unprecedented 15,000 dogs and cats found homes this past weekend at the nation's largest free pet adoption event, Maddie's Pet Adoption Days, sponsored by Maddie's Fund. This represents a 78% increase over last year's 8,432 adoptions during this annual two-day event. Maddie's Fund originally set aside $10 million to underwrite the adoptions managed by participating organizations this year, but the total donation amount is likely to be much higher. Read More

Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days Sets Goal of 10,000 Homes for Pets

May 14, 2014
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. Read More

Maddie's Fund Awards $3M to Austin Coalition for Saving All Healthy and Treatable Shelter Pets

April 10, 2014
Maddie's Fund has given the Austin Coalition a $3M Maddie's Lifesaving Award for saving all the healthy and treatable shelter dogs and cats in Travis County, TX. Read More

Shake Hands with The Shelter Pet Project's New Round of PSAs!

February 20, 2014
Since its inception in 2009, The Shelter Pet Project has worked to lift public perception of animal shelters and shelter pets. The new campaign introduces a face-to-face experience with adorable shelter pets, inviting viewers to find out how amazing shelter pets really are by meeting one. Read More

Maddie's Fund and Tri-Valley Animal Rescue Team Up to Save More Lives

January 20, 2014
To increase lifesaving of dogs and cats in Alameda County and beyond, on February 1, 2014, Maddie’s Fund and Tri-Valley Animal Rescue will begin their mutually beneficial relationship. Read More

Maddie's Fund Pays Tribute to Military Working Dogs

October 28, 2013
To celebrate military dogs and their service to our country, Maddie’s Fund helped finance the design and construction of the country’s first national monument to honor military working dogs. Read More

Maddie's Pet Adoption Days a Record-Breaker

September 17, 2013
Nearly 8,500 dogs and cats found homes during the nationwide Maddie's Pet Adoption Days on June 1 - 2, 2013. Held in eight communities at 192 locations across the United States, it was the nation's largest free pet adoption event. Read More

Dr. Sheila D'Arpino to Head Maddie's Center

June 18, 2013
Maddie's Fund today announced that Dr. Sheila D'Arpino will direct Maddie's Animal Care Center, a model animal shelter and educational center slated to open next year in Pleasanton, CA. Read More

Maddie's Fund Joins Ad Council & NBC's TODAY Show for Weeklong Series Debut of Public Service Ads Featuring TODAY's Anchors

February 11, 2013
NBC's TODAY Show anchor Natalie Morales rescued her dog Zara from a shelter, so she chose to support The Shelter Pet Project campaign! Read More

Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days Goes Nationwide

January 17, 2013
The fourth annual Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days is sure to be one for the record books. Find out all about America's biggest free pet adoption event coming nationwide on June 1 and 2, 2013. Read More

Announcing Maddie's Treatable Assistance Program

October 16, 2012
A new adoption subsidy program gives qualifying Bay Area shelters and rescues the means to find more homes for older and/or medically treatable shelter dogs and cats. Read More

Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon Saves 2,601 Bay Area Shelter Pets

September 11, 2012
Pet adoptathon saves over 2,600 Bay Area shelter dogs and cats. Read More

Maddie's Fund Aims To Find Homes for All Shelter Dogs and Cats in Three Bay Area Counties on June 9 & 10

June 9, 2012
Maddie's Fund will hold its third annual Maddie's Matchmaker Adoptathon on June 9 and 10. Due to the success of previous Adoptathons, Maddie's Fund has decided to grow the event – both geographically and financially. This year, 14 shelters and rescue organizations from San Francisco County have been added to the roster. A total of 62 groups will hold adoptions in more than 80 locations throughout Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco Counties. In addition, Maddie's Fund has set aside $3 million for this year's Adoptathon to meet its goal of finding loving homes for 3,000 dogs and cats in all three participating counties. Read More

Maddie’s Center Has a Home in Pleasanton, CA

February 1, 2012
Maddie’s Fund announced plans for a multimillion-dollar next generation animal care and teaching facility to be located in the Hacienda Business Park in Pleasanton, California. Read More

The Shelter Pet Project Launches Next Wave of PSAs

November 15, 2011
Pet adoptions rise, shelter deaths fall as the Ad Council launches second wave of historic pet adoption campaign. Read More

Maddie's Fund Releases First Comparative Database of Shelter Statistics

July 6, 2011
Intake, adoption, and euthanasia numbers from 474 animal shelters and 56 communities reveal status, trends and progress of US animal sheltering Read More

Pet Adoptathon Saves 2,200 East Bay Shelter Animals in Single Weekend

June 6, 2011
Maddie's Matchmaker Adoptathon finds homes for more than 2,200 shelter dogs and cats. Read More

Despite Court Setback, Leading Animal Welfare Groups Vow to Press Ahead to Make Sure Leona Helmsley's Final Wishes are Honored and Dogs Benefit from her Multi-Billion Dollar Trust

May 3, 2011
Court denies animal welfare advocates in Helmsley Trust case. Read More

Maddie's Fund to Expand Into Hands-On Animal Care

November 22, 2010
The largest foundation in the world focused strictly on dog and cat welfare intends to get into the animal sheltering business. Read More

Maddie's Fund to Provide $51,000 in Cash for Good Customer Service

July 14, 2010
Starting July 19 and running until September 24 (10 weeks), cash prizes will be given to Petfinder.com member shelters and rescue groups throughout the U.S. who demonstrate good customer service. Read More

Maddie's Matchmaker Adoptathon Places 1,809 Shelter Dogs and Cats in One Weekend

June 25, 2010
It's a pet adoption event for the record books: 1,809 shelter dogs and cats in two counties found homes on a single weekend. Read More

Maddie’s Fund Earmarks Half a Million Dollars to Support Free Pet Adoptions at 43 Bay Area Shelters and Rescues

May 28, 2010
Maddie’s Fund, in partnership with 43 animal sheltering organizations in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties, will sponsor Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon on June 12 and 13. Free adoption of dogs and cats will be offered to qualified homes throughout the weekend at each participating organization as well as many PETCO, PetSmart and Pet Food Express locations. Read More

Seven Years of Success at Maddie's Pet Rescue Project in Alachua County, Florida

March 8, 2010
Read about the life-saving success of Maddie’s Pet Rescue Project in Alachua County, Florida. Read More

Maddie's Fund Awards $541,550 to Erie County Coalition

October 9, 2009
Maddie’s Fund has awarded a $541,550 grant to support the first year of Maddie’s Pet Rescue Project and Maddie’s Spay/Neuter Project in Erie County, New York. Read More

The Ad Council, Maddie's Fund and The Humane Society of the United States Launch First National PSA Campaign to Encourage Pet Adoption From Shelters

September 24, 2009
The Shelter Pet Project is the first national PSA campaign to bring together the largest animal welfare organizations and many shelters across the country for one unified goal - to increase pet adoption. Read More

Landmark Helmsley Legal Trust Challenge by America's Three Pre-Eminent Animal Welfare Organizations

August 11, 2009
Maddie's Fund, HSUS and ASPCA charge that Helmsley Trustees are misdirecting funds despite clear direction from late heiress to help dogs. Read More

Maddie's Fund to Award $50,000 for Good Customer Service

July 8, 2009
Maddie’s Fund will provide cash prizes totaling $51,000 to shelters and rescues through its second customer service awards program for Petfinder.com members. Read More

Maddie's Fund Awards $230,200 to Richmond Coalition for Saving All Healthy Shelter Pets

May 1, 2009
Maddie's Fund has given the Richmond SPCA and Richmond Animal Care & Control a $230,200 Lifesaving Award. Read More

Maddie's Awards $474,000 to Berkeley Alliance for Saving All Healthy and Treatable Shelter Pets

April 13, 2009
Maddie's Fund announces a $474,000 Lifesaving Award grant to the Berkeley Alliance for Homeless Animals Coalition. Read More

Maddie's Fund Awards $296,000 to Marketing Competition Winners

February 20, 2009
A total of 117 organizations will receive prize money ranging from $500 to $20,000 each. Read More

Groundbreaking Ad Council Campaign Will Promote U.S. Shelter Pet Adoptions

November 12, 2008
The goal of this campaign is to encourage pet lovers who are looking for a pet to make animal shelters and rescue groups their first choice, saving the life of a dog or cat in need, rather than buying from other sources. It is the first time ever that the prestigious, 66-year-old Ad Council has focused a nationwide public service campaign on an animal welfare issue. Read More

Shelter Animals Often Overlooked

August 10, 2008
Shelter animals in Nevada still play second fiddle when it comes time to choose a new pet, according to the findings of a recent telephone survey. Despite ongoing efforts to promote adoption of shelter animals, only 39% of the people surveyed had obtained one or more of their pets from a shelter or a rescue group. The rest were obtained from breeders, pet stores, friends, and family. Read More

Maddie's Fund Awards $252,000 to Dane County, Wisconsin Coalition

August 1, 2008
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.) Read More

Maddie's Fund Gives $1.7 Million to the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine

June 2, 2008
Maddie's Fund has awarded the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine a $1.7 million grant to support the first three years of a comprehensive six-year shelter medicine program. The Program will begin on July 1. Read More

Maddie's Awards $412,000 to the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA for Saving All Healthy and Treatable Shelter Pets

May 1, 2008
Maddie's Fund has given the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA a $412,000 Maddie's Lifesaving Award for achieving and maintaining an adoption guarantee over two years for healthy and treatable shelter dogs and cats in the City of Charlottesville and County of Albemarle, Virginia. Read More

Maddie's Fund Awards $1.1 Million to Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine

February 1, 2008
Maddie's Fund has awarded $1.1 M over the next three years to support the development of a comprehensive shelter medicine program at Purdue University's School of Veterinary Medicine. Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program will focus on three areas: research, shelter medicine education, and training future leaders in the field. Read More

New Maddie's Grant for Nevada Spay/Neuter Project

February 1, 2008
Maddie's Fund has approved a new $200,000 grant to spay and neuter dogs and cats belonging to low-income residents in Northern Nevada. Officially launched on February 19th , Maddie's Spay/Neuter Project in Nevada provides low cost surgeries to Medicaid or Nevada Check-Up recipients living in Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Elko Lyon, or Washoe Counties. Read More

Maddie's Fund Awards $300,000 for Competition to Adopt Hard to Place Pets

February 1, 2008
One hundred and ninety five rescue groups, traditional shelters, animal control agencies and adoption guarantee shelters described all manner of methods for re-homing elderly, disfigured, blind, deaf, unattractive and shy pets as well as dogs and cats with medical and behavioral problems in the Maddie's Fund/Petfinder.com marketing competition for adopting hard to place pets. Read More