Companions and Animals for Reform Equity (CARE)

Total Grant Funding: $800,000

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 provide DEI training to shelters, veterinarians and university administrators; build CARE centers within communities; provide scholarships to persons of color for veterinary and animal control officer training; expand their biases research and create narratives to share the stories that can bring about change.

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.