The summit will focus on saving lives through transfer partnerships

September 26, 2017

San Francisco, CA, Sept. 26, 2017 -- The San Francisco SPCA and Central Valley Rescue Railroad (CVRR) are partnering to save lives by hosting the first Central Valley Summit for Animal Welfare, thanks to a generous grant from Maddie's Fund. The summit will focus exclusively on developing more opportunities to transfer dogs and cats from rescues and shelters in the Central Valley region to organizations that successfully rehome them. Building a more robust transfer network will lower euthanasia rates, improve welfare at shelters, and help solve the problem of pet overpopulation.

Local participants at this invitation-only event include rescues, shelters, and transport agencies from Fresno, Tulare, and Kings Counties in California. Bay Area shelters and national allies will also be in attendance.Media representatives are invited to join.

"By bringing together local animal shelters and transfer partners, we're hoping to improve the outcomes for animals in the Central Valley," explained Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, SF SPCA President. "Thanks to Maddie, this daylong summit will help us build a shared understanding while identifying challenges and opportunities. Ultimately, the goal is to save more lives."

According to BJ Motko, Director of CVRR, "The summit provides a unique and unprecedented opportunity for local animal shelters to meet with representatives from receiving animal rescues to insure that our central Valley dogs and cats are being transferred to reputable, caring and professional organizations."

The summit will take place on Friday, October 6, from 8:30am - 3:00pm at the Wyndham Hotel in Visalia, CA.

About the San Francisco SPCA

The San Francisco SPCA is an independent, community-supported, non-profit animal welfare organization dedicated to saving, protecting and providing immediate care for cats and dogs who are homeless, ill or in need of an advocate. The SF SPCA also works long-term to educate the community, reduce the number of unwanted kittens and puppies through spaying and neutering, and improve the quality of life for animals and their human companions. The organization does not receive government funding and is not affiliated with any national organization.

For more information, call the SF SPCA at (415) 554-3000 or visit

About Central Valley Rescue Railroad

Central Valley Rescue Railroad is an all-volunteer rescue and transport organization serving the Foothill and surrounding communities of the Central Valley. Our primary focus is dogs that are acquired from local shelters and community surrenders. All dogs in our care are guaranteed to be either adopted or transferred to a No-kill partner for placement. We are a private non-profit that is funded solely by donations and adoption fees.

For more information visit our website or call 559-799-1775

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.