Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon, San Francisco Area, June 9-10, 2012

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Former Raider and Oakland Animal Services volunteer Jarrod Cooper, at last year's Adoptathon

Over 60 participating animal welfare organizations in 80 locations in San Francisco, Alameda, and Contra Costa will be providing free adoptions for all dogs and cats on June 9 and 10 thanks to Maddie’s Fund and the third annual Maddie’s® Matchmaker Adoptathon!

In addition to offering free adoptions, Maddie’s Fund is also donating between $500 to $2000 to the participating organizations for every adoption that weekend — $500 for healthy young pets, $1000 for older pets or those with specific health issues, and $2000 for every cat or dog who is both a senior and has a health problem. Both the San Francisco SPCA and San Francisco Animal Care and Control are taking part, as are dozens of San Francisco rescue groups. Maddie’s Fund has set aside $3 million for this year’s Adoptathon to meet its goal of finding loving homes for 3,000 dogs and cats in all three participating counties.

Free adoptions of dogs and cats will be offered to qualified adopters.

Stoneridge Shopping Center in Pleasanton and Bay Street Emeryville have partnered with Maddie’s Fund to host pet adoptions.  The San Francisco SPCA and Animal Care & Control will host a street fair event for all participating San Francisco-based shelters during the Adoptathon, located on Alabama Street between 16th and 15th Street.  PETCO, PetSmart and Pet Food Express stores throughout the three counties have also offered to provide additional adoption locations.

“My family and I spent the weekend visiting many of the participating locations at last year’s Adoptathon,” 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 Adoptathon is a testament to what can be done when people come together in lifesaving and rally for a common cause.”

Maddie’s® Matchmaker Adoptathon is being held to increase awareness of shelter animals and their need for loving homes and to shed light on the tireless efforts of the shelters and rescue organizations in Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco Counties that work so hard to save the lives of countless dogs and cats every day.  The adoption event honors the memory of the Foundation’s namesake, a miniature schnauzer named Maddie.

Maddie’s Fund® 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 effort 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.

Highlights of the 2011 Adoptathon

For more information:

Participating Animal Welfare Organizations

ALAMEDA COUNTY

Bay Area Poodle Rescue, Berkeley Animal Services, Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society, Big Dawgs Rescue, Cat Town, East County Animal Shelter, Fremont Animal Services – Tri-City Animal Shelter, Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter, Furry Friends Rescue, German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue, Hayward Animal Services, Home At Last Animal Rescue, Hopalong Animal Rescue, Hound Haven Hope Rescue, Island Cat Resources and Adoption, Lucky Dog, Maine Coon Adoptions – PET Rescue, NorCal Poodle Rescue, Oakland Animal Services, Purrfect Cat Rescue, Sunshine Rescue Group, Tri-Valley Animal Rescue, Valley Humane Society, Wren Yorkie Rescue

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY

Antioch Animal Services, Bee Holistic Cat Rescue and Care, Inc., Biff & Bark Foundation, Cat Support Network, Community Concern for Cats, Contra Costa Animal Services, Contra Costa Humane Society, Contra Costa SPCA, Delta Animals Safe Haven, East Bay Animal Rescue and Refuge, Feral Cat Foundation, FurEver Animal Rescue, German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California, Golden State German Shepherd Rescue, Good Newz Pittie Pups Rescue, H.A.L.O. (Homeless Animals’ Lifeline Organization), HARP (Homeless Animals Response Program), Outcast Cat Help, Paws and Tails Rescue, Safe Cat Foundation, Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation, Umbrella of Hope, Walkin’ the Bark, White Kitty Foundation

SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY

Asians for Humans Animals and Nature, BAD RAP, Give Me Shelter Cat Rescue, Grateful Dogs Rescue, Loup Garou, Muttville, Northern California Family Dog Rescue, Pets Unlimited, Reunion Rescue, San Francisco Animal Care and Control, San Francisco SPCA, Saving Grace Rescue, Toni’s Kitty Rescue, Wonder Dog Rescue

Photo courtesy Maddie’s Fund

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