Companions and Animals for Reform Equity (CARE)

Total Grant Funding: $825,000

On October 6, 2022 the 2022 Avanzino Leadership Award was presented to James Evans, founder and Chief Executive Officer Companion Animals for Reform and Equity (CARE), for his outstanding leadership and purposeful dedication to the human-animal bond. This award recognizes significant achievement and courage to look beyond the status quo and make bold decisions to improve the lives of pets and their people.

In December 2020, Maddie’s Fund® awarded Companions and Animals for Reform Equity (CARE) a $750,000 grant over three years. CARE is a newly formed organization whose founders have a long history of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) work and is the only organization with a primary focus on DEI in companion animal welfare.

This grant will help CARE to conduct research and analysis about diversity in animal welfare, build CARE centers within communities, and hire additional staff to support DEI training, CARE Centers and CARE operations.

In January 2021, Maddie’s Fund approved a $50,000 grant to CARE in support of a seed fund for African American scholarships for Veterinary School. This scholarship program has been named the Dr. Jodie G. Blackwell Scholarship Fund. Dr. Blackwell graduated in the 2nd class of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Tuskegee University in 1950. He then opened a thriving practice, joined the faculty at Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine and is the father of Maddie’s Fund’s Avanzino Leadership Award recipient Dr. Michael J. Blackwell.

That's My Dog Music Video

A music video written and performed by a local artist in Baltimore talking about our love for our best friends!

CARE Cine Video Release of "That's My Dog"
Performance and Lyrics by the artist DDm
Music by Young D Of Trap Team
Executive Producer/Director: James Evans
Director of Photography: John Benam
Producer/Photographer: Jennifer Evans
Co-Starring: Mellow, The Chihuahua
C Camera Operator: Stephen J Parker
Gaffer: Carlos and Kelly from Lowboy Films
Camera Assistants: Hunter Hutcheson, Simms Wright
MUA: Venus Fears
Production Assistants: Michael Bricker, Michelle Krumenacker