"A Foster Home for Every Pet" project seeks to save more lives through foster care
October 12, 2017
Sharon Fletcher, Director of Marketing & Communications
Pleasanton, CA, Oct. 12, 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 awarded a three-year $573,536 grant to Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) in Tucson, AZ, to create a large-scale, high volume foster program, as a model program for other U.S. shelters to follow.
"This is a game changing project for shelter pets," said Dr. Sheila D'Arpino, Director of Research at Maddie's Fund. "PACC, under Kristen Auerbach's leadership, was our first choice for implementing this project because she has a history of implementing and sustaining ground-breaking programs to save dog and cat lives. PACC is a leading municipal shelter and serves as a model for other municipal shelters around the country."
PACC's existing foster program is more traditional in that it focuses on younger animals and those recovering from injury. This first-of-its-kind grant will enable the municipal shelter to expand their impact by also helping a population which isn't typically considered for foster - healthy, adult dogs and cats.
"Thanks to Maddie, this program will have a huge impact far beyond our own community," asserted Kristen Auerbach, Director of Animal Services at PACC. "With this grant, we hope to show the world why foster placement for adult pets has such a huge payoff - it's humane, safe, cost-effective and most of all, it engages more members of the public in lifesaving efforts."
Dr. D'Arpino continued, "This project is incredibly valuable because research shows that foster care is a less stressful place for pets to stay while they are waiting for a home; and this grant is helping to build a foster centric model of animal care at a municipal facility. It will also allow us to look at the impact of this innovative program on PACC, the financial impact of implementing the program, and the feasibility of implementing a similar program at other shelters."
The goals of this expanded foster program include decreasing the time spent in a shelter for adult dogs and cats, improving welfare, reducing the overall number of pets housed at PACC and providing a lifesaving pathway for pets who experience emotional decline due to the stress of living in the shelter environment.
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 $237.6 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.