Maddie’s® Pet Rescue Project in Dane County (2008-2013)
In July 2008, Maddie’s Fund® awarded the project a five year grant to support increased adoptions and decreased euthanasia of shelter animals in Dane County. By the end of the grant, this collaboration will receive approximately $1,400,000 to help Dane County become an adoption guarantee community. The coalition is increasing adoptions by hosting joint adoption events, transferring animals among partner members for the best care and placement, and providing mutual support for each organization.
The coalition has reached our goal. As of April 2012, no healthy or treatable shelter dogs and cats have been euthanized. Now our mission is to maintain adoption guarantee status and to promote partnership and mutual respect among collaborative members and the veterinary community.
The coalition will accomplish this mission by:
In Year 5 total adoptions of Dane County animals were 19% over the coalitions’ baseline year. Overall adoptions (includes all dogs and cats) increased by 681 animals! Healthy and Treatable euthanasia decreased by 580 animals which was 100% lower than in 2007.
What is an adoption guarantee community? Adoption guarantee is defined as finding forever homes for all healthy and treatable/manageable dogs and cats. An animal that has a medical or behavioral condition that can be eliminated or managed long term is considered treatable/manageable. An adoption guarantee gives a community confidence that an animal shelter is truly a shelter, that is, a respite on the way to a new loving home. When this happens, the community becomes an active partner in saving lives.
Maddie’s® Spay and Neuter Project in Dane County (2008-2011)
In just 3 years, Dane County Humane Society, Shelter from the Storm, Dane County Friends of Ferals, and 21 participating private Veterinary Clinics completed 6,793 surgeries to help control the ever growing feline population of Dane County. Services were provided for feral and companion cats of low income residents of Dane County. This project has ended. Please visit our Spay/Neuter Assistance page for current program opportunities.
Maddie’s Fund,® The Pet Rescue Foundation, (www.maddiesfund.org) is a family foundation which is funded by the founder of Workday and PeopleSoft, Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl. Maddie's Fund is helping to create a no-kill nation where all healthy and treatable shelter dogs and cats are guaranteed a loving home.
To achieve this goal, Maddie’s Fund is investing its resources in building community collaborations where animal welfare organizations come together to develop successful models of lifesaving; in veterinary colleges to help shelter medicine become part of the veterinary curriculum to train veterinarians to save the lives of sick and injured dogs and cats in animal shelters; and in the implementation of a national strategy to promote accountability and transparency in animal shelter operations. Maddie’s Fund is named after the family’s beloved Miniature Schnauzer who passed away in 1997.