Nationwide Pet Adoption Drive Finds Homes for 15,000 Animals!

Oh, this is magnificent. Pet adoptions are one of the big passions the Variety Pet Foods team shares, and we always try to do our best to spread the word when opportunities pop up for dogs and cats and animals of all kinds to find new, loving homes.

That’s why we got so excited to see this year’s Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days event become such a rousing success! This year it was held from May 31 to June 1, and was hosted by shelters and stores in 591 cities across nine different states.


This is the fifth year Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days has run, and they now have the help of more than 200 shelters and rescue groups who worked during these two days. It is now the biggest free adoption event in the country and has helped over 15,000 animals find forever homes so far.

Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days was founded by the Maddie’s Fund organization in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2010. Since then, it has raised and awarded $11.3 million to shelters and other participating groups who have become part of the adoption effort. These funds go directly to help treat and rehabilitate senior pets and or animals with conditions that require medical care (and that might otherwise be euthanized).

Rich Avanzino, the president of Maddie’s Fund, said this about the event: “As we near our goal of a no-kill nation by 2015, we are thrilled at the sheer number of people who visited all of the locations over the weekend.”

How did Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days get started? Here’s the heartwarming tale:

            Twenty years ago, the love of a little dog inspired a $300 million legacy to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals. Maddie’s Fund is the family foundation endowed by the founder of Workday® and PeopleSoft, Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl. It is named in honor of Maddie, their beloved Miniature Schnauzer who passed away in 1997. Today, through its grant giving, hands-on animal care, research and education, Maddie’s Fund is helping to achieve and sustain a no-kill nation by providing solutions to the most challenging issues facing the animal welfare community.

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