September 2, 2017

Sharon Fletcher, Director of Marketing & Communications

Pleasanton, CA, Sept. 02, 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.

"Our hearts are with Texas during this devastating time. The bond between humans and their animals is vital, and even more so in times of stress. Providing services to help reunite families as quickly as possible is paramount." said Amy Zeifang, of the Maddie's Fund Executive Leadership Team. "Thanks to Maddie, we're committed to supporting those who are providing lifesaving care for animals during this trying time."

Many organizations, both local to Texas and national, have been on the ground helping in numerous ways - from donating supplies, to transferring animals out of local shelters to make room for displaced pets, to rescuing animals from flooding waters. While waters may finally be receding, it's been reported that the crisis and aftermath is far from over, and recovery will take time.

Zeifang added,"In addition to human services, we encourage those opening their hearts and looking for ways to help to consider supporting animal welfare services in the area."

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.