April 13, 2009

Sharon Fletcher, Director of Marketing & Communications

Maddie's Fund® has given the Berkeley Alliance for Homeless Animals Coalition (BAHAC) a $474,000 Maddie's® Lifesaving Award* for achieving and maintaining an adoption guarantee for healthy and treatable shelter dogs and cats in Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville and Piedmont, California.

The Berkeley Coalition is the first in California to achieve community-wide no-kill status (saving all healthy and treatable shelter pets), and is only the third to receive Maddie's® prestigious Lifesaving Award nationwide.

The BAHAC is made up of three organizations. Each will share in the grant according to their 2007 adoption performance. The recipients are: Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society ($200,240); Berkeley Animal Care Services ($176,320); and Home at Last Animal Rescue ($97,440).

In spite of the fact that many of the animals awaiting adoption at Berkeley Animal Care Services are pit bulls and pit mixes, and that as many as 40-50% of the animals at Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society and Home at Last Animal Rescue are elderly, FIV positive, in need of extra socialization or have other treatable conditions, the live release for the coalition is 93%. Intake for all organizations in 2007 was 2,570.

"Maddie's Fund is proud to reward this incredible lifesaving accomplishment," said President, Richard Avanzino. "Although an adoption guarantee has been in place for the past six years, the Berkeley coalition has operated under the radar in the Bay Area shelter community. We hope these outstanding East Bay organizations will now receive the recognition they richly deserve."

The Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society will focus the added resources on older cats and dogs and treatable pets; Home at Last Rescue will use the award to pay veterinary expenses and create a reserve fund to weather the recession; the City of Berkeley will apply its grant money to a new shelter and existing programs.

*Maddie's Fund Lifesaving Awards acknowledge the outstanding contributions being made by communities that have implemented an adoption guarantee for all healthy shelter pets or have achieved no-kill status (an adoption guarantee for healthy and treatable pets) in their target communities and are likely to sustain it in the future. Awards range from $200,000 to $3 million, depending upon the size of the community.

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 over $275.7 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 innovative solutions. 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. #ThanksToMaddie.