January 20, 2014
Sharon Fletcher, Director of Marketing & Communications
To increase lifesaving of dogs and cats in Alameda County and beyond, on February 1, 2014, Maddie's Fund® and Tri-Valley Animal Rescue (TVAR) will begin their mutually beneficial relationship.
Maddie's Fund has funded animal rescue and veterinary school shelter medicine training and research through grants across the nation for over 15 years, and is opening our first-ever shelter in 2015 at 4280 Hacienda Boulevard in Pleasanton, California. Maddie's CenterSM plans to focus on finding loving homes for wonderful dogs and cats that may need a little extra care due to treatable medical and behavioral conditions.
In preparation for Maddie's Center, Maddie's Fund and TVAR will be collaborating to expand TVAR's existing foster-based adoption program. The program will enable Maddie's Fund to begin lifesaving efforts and build a network of foster homes for treatable pets before the Center's opening date.
Currently, TVAR saves 800 - 1,000 animal lives each year, including many that fit into the healthy and treatable categories. Because of TVAR's experience and reputation, a partnership between our organizations will allow Maddie's Fund to learn from a more experienced organization and build upon existing relationships. Together, Maddie's Fund and TVAR plan to maintain or increase the number of animals adopted per year, while increasing the number of dogs and cats with treatable medical and behavioral conditions that are fostered by the organizations existing and new volunteers.
About Maddie's Fund
Maddie's Fund® is a family foundation created in 1994 by Workday® co-founder Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, who have endowed the Foundation with more than $300 million. Since then, the Foundation has awarded more than $225.7 million in grants toward increased community lifesaving, shelter medicine education, and pet adoptions across the U.S. The Duffields named Maddie's Fund after their Miniature Schnauzer Maddie, who always made them laugh and gave them much joy. Maddie was with Dave and Cheryl from 1987 - 1997 and continues to inspire them today.
Maddie's Fund is the fulfillment of a promise to an inspirational dog, investing its resources to create a no-kill nation where every dog and cat is guaranteed a healthy home or habitat. #ThanksToMaddie.