The Shelter Pet Project 

  • Project Dates: August 2008 - December 2015
  • Total Funding: $3,225,382

Maddie's Fund has partnered with the Ad Council, The Humane Society of the United States, and the entire animal welfare community for The Shelter Pet Project, a public service advertising campaign that encourages animal lovers to go to an animal shelter or rescue to adopt their "new best friend". The campaign aims to find homes for the 2.4 million healthy and treatable dogs and cats who are dying in shelters each year.

The Latest Shelter Pet Project Video
featuring Lance Bass

This video, narrated by Lance Bass, answers everything and debunks a few myths in the process. 

The Shelter Pet Project launched phase three of the campaign in February 2014 with new television, radio, print, outdoor and Web ads. In the new ads, created pro bono by Draftfcb, adorable adopted shelter dogs and cats practically reach through TV, computer and tablet screens, imploring audiences to play with them. Prospective pet owners are reminded that there are thousands of amazing shelter pets ready to meet them.

SPP Jules billboard

All of the ads direct consumers to a comprehensive website,, where they are able to search for a pet from a local shelter or rescue group, read adoption success stories and learn valuable information about pet adoption.

Meow Man's Best Moves

The Shelter Pet Project marks the first Ad Council campaign to focus on pets. It has generated more than $224M worth of donated advertising time and space in the first four years of the campaign.

Jade, Frisbee Partner