Somewhere in doggie heaven, there is a miniature schnauzer named Maddie wagging her tail off, as thousands of rescued companion animals around the Bay Area find their new forever homes this weekend
The third annual Maddie’s Matchmaker Adopt-a-thons will be held June 9 and 10, in more than 80 locations throughout Alameda, Contra Costa and (added this year) San Francisco counties. (To find a location and driving directions, click here.)
During the adopt-a-thons, free adoptions of dogs and cats will be offered to qualified adopters, made possible by the family foundation, Maddie’s Fund, which has brought together 65 groups this year to place animals they have rescued.
For each successful adoption, the fund pays the rescue organization from $500-2,000 per adoption, based upon the age of the animal placed.
Since the event began three years ago, the roster of participating organizations has grown, and over 4,000 animals have been placed. This year, the event organizers have a goal of placing 3,000 animals, and Maddie’s Fund has committed $3 million dollars to the effort. (To learn more about the results of the previous adopt-a-thons, click here.)
“My family and I spent the weekend visiting many of the participating locations at last year’s Adopt-a-thon,” said Dave Duffield, Maddie’s Fund founder. “The joy we saw in the animals, as well as the volunteers and the adopters, is the reason we created Maddie’s Fund. The Adopt-a-thon is a testament to what can be done when people come together in lifesaving and rally for a common cause.”
Maddie’s Fund was established by the Duffields, who are Danville residents, with the goal of creating a “no-kill” nation, where all treatable shelter dogs and cats can be placed in loving homes. They named the foundation in honor of their special dog, Maddie, who passed away in 1997. The foundation also works to improve transparency in animal shelter operations, as well as support shelter medicine training in veterinary colleges to save the lives of more sick and injured animals.
Adoptions happening locally:
2005 Crow Canyon Place, San Ramon
12 PM - 4 PM (Cats Only)
Adoptions by: Feral Cat Foundation
Barbara Burch, Vice President
11000 Crow Canyon Road, Suite F, Danville
Saturday, June 9: 10 AM - 2 PM (Dogs Only)
Sunday, June 10: 10 AM - 2 PM (Dogs Only)
Adoptions by: Golden State German Shepherd Rescue
Mike Murray, Chairman
425 Hartz Way, Danville
Saturday, June 9: 10 AM - 3 PM
Sunday, June 10: 10 AM - 3 PM
Adoptions by: White Kitty Foundation
Bob Tarozzi, Founder