October 16, 2012
Maddie's Fund® announced a new pilot program for adoption guarantee organizations in Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco Counties to support the adoptions of senior and/or homeless dogs and cats originating from animal control shelters in those counties.
Maddie's® Treatable Assistance Program will provide adoption stipends of $700 per adoption of medically treatable or senior dogs and cats transferred from animal control shelters in Alameda, Contra Costa or San Francisco County and $1,400 per adoption of medically treatable and senior dogs and cats transferred from animal control shelters in Alameda, Contra Costa or San Francisco County. The program will run through December 31, 2013.
Maddie's Fund is piloting the subsidy program to give local shelters and rescues the means to find more homes for vulnerable shelter pets, strengthen the relationship between animal control shelters and adoption guarantee groups, and shift some of the burden of responsibility for these pets away from cash-strapped government agencies. So far, 19 organizations have enthusiastically signed on. "Tomorrow we are taking 14-year-olds Chuck and Egg from Oakland Animal Services, both of whom have medical conditions that require treatment," wrote Ann Dunn, President of Cat Town. "This is an amazing opportunity for us."
- Maddie's® Treatable Assistance Program is for spayed and neutered dogs and cats only.
- Government shelters and adoption guarantee organizations that contract with local governments to provide animal control services are not eligible to participate.
- Senior is defined as 7 years of age or older.
About Maddie's Fund
Maddie's Fund® is a family foundation established in 1994 by Dave and Cheryl Duffield and is the fulfillment of a promise to their inspirational dog, Maddie. She provided them much joy from 1987 – 1997 and continues to inspire them today.
The Foundation has awarded nearly $250 million in grants toward increased community lifesaving, pioneering shelter medicine education and establishing foster care as a standard across the U.S.
Maddie's Fund proudly offers the industry a national voice, important funding opportunities for bold ideas, learning resources and access to collaborate and share lifesaving ideas. The Foundation invests its resources in a commitment to keeping pets and people together, creating a safety net of care for animals in need and operating within a culture of inclusiveness and humility.