Maddie's Fund Finds Homes for 16,665 Dogs and Cats in Two Days
Thousands of animals are in homes thanks to the nation's largest free pet adoption event.
Samantha Meyers |
Posted: October 22, 2014, 9 a.m. PST
Maddie’s Fund, the sponsors of the two day, nationwide event announced a 98% increase over last year's 8,432 adoptions for their annual event. Maddie's Fund originally set aside $10 million to underwrite the adoptions managed by participating organizations this year, however, the total donation awarded to groups for qualifying adoptions this year was actually $13.3 million.
In its fifth year, Maddie's Pet Adoption Days spanned 591 cities in nine states across the U.S. More than 200 shelters and rescue groups worked enthusiastically over the two days to give homeless pets a second chance. Communities throughout the country were buzzing with adoption events, and many locations had people lined up hours before their doors opened.
"It's an incredible feeling when you see entire communities come together to find shelter pets families of their own. Watching people fall in love with those pets, the shelter pets going home with their new families, and seeing the staff and volunteers celebrating... it's overwhelming. Cheryl and I see the spirit of Maddie at every adoption location we visit," says Maddie's Fund founder Dave Duffield. "This event demonstrates that we are all, collaboratively, making the world a better place. And there's nothing better than being part of that."
Inspired by one family's love for a Miniature Schnauzer, Maddie's Pet Adoption Days has found homes for more than 30,000 homeless dogs and cats since 2010. For each pet adopted, Maddie's Fund gives participating shelters from $500 to $2,000 to cover the true costs of those adoptions.
This funding enables shelters and rescue groups to save and treat more animals throughout the year with a total of $24.7 million in funding going to these groups over the past five years.
"We've made lifesaving history!" says Maddie's Fund president Rich Avanzino. "We are so honored to partner with all of the shelters, rescue groups and adopters who were there for homeless animals when they most needed help. This dedication to shelter pets is inspiring. For me, they are the true heroes."
For more information about Maddie's Pet Adoption Days visit Adopt.MaddiesFund.org
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