Little Dog’s Big Legacy Leads to $10 Million Pledge for Nation’s Largest Free Pet Adoption Event

May 14, 2014

Sharon Fletcher, Director of Marketing & Communications

A Miniature Schnauzer named Maddie inspired a $300 million legacy dedicated to giving every dog and cat in the United States what she had: a loving home. This year, $10 million of that legacy will go to Maddie's® Pet Adoption Days, a free pet adoption event for the nation's homeless dogs and cats, now in its fifth year.

Maddie was a beloved four-legged family member of David Duffield, founder of Workday® and PeopleSoft, and his wife, Cheryl. For the last four years, Maddie's Fund®, their family's foundation, has sponsored Maddie's® Pet Adoption Days to honor her memory.

"When we look into the eyes of the dogs and cats at the adoption event, we see Maddie's spirit in every one of them," says Duffield. "We want all of them to have a chance to inspire, love and enrich the lives of their future families the way Maddie did ours."

This year, Maddie's® Pet Adoption Days will be held the weekend of May 31 - June 1, 2014, and will expand to include 200 animal shelters and rescue groups in 591 cities across the U.S. Maddie's Fund has earmarked $10 million as a way to give back to the participating organizations, donating up to $2,000 per adopted dog or cat. The goal of the event is to find loving homes for 10,000 homeless dogs and cats over the weekend by waiving all adoption fees for the public.

The participating communities for 2014 include:

Mobile County (New)

Maricopa County (New)

Alameda County
Contra Costa County
San Francisco
Santa Clara County

Gainesville (Alachua County)
Lee County (New)

New York
New York City
Tompkins County (New)

Washoe County

Richmond (New)

Vermont (New)

Dane County

For more information about Maddie's® Pet Adoption Days visit

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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.