Project Dates: May 2014 - June 2021

Total Funding: $4,361,702

Million Cat Challenge (MCC) is a joint project of the University of California Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program and the Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida is led by Drs. Kate Hurley and Julie Levy. This campaign for shelters in North America launched in 2014 with the goal of saving one million cats in five years.

This first phase of MCC focused on five key initiatives for shelters: alternatives to intake, removing barriers to adoption, managed admission, return to field and capacity for care. After more than 1,200 shelters enrolled and reached this goal in just four years, Maddie’s Fund® further supported MCC in their second phase, #allthecats, providing the right outcome for every cat. Now with over 1,500 shelters involved, this campaign has saved 3,323,649 million cats as of January 2021.

You are invited to Join the Challenge!


Maddie’s Fund has hosted a variety of webcasts that feature municipal officials, shelter directors, shelter managers and veterinarians addressing the initiatives of the Million Cat Challenge. These webcasts focus on actionable tools and tips that can be put into practice right away, along with longer-term strategies to success in saving cats' lives – most of which will help dogs, too!