Michael Blackwell Avanzino Award Recipient

Meet the 2020 Avanzino Leadership Award recipient!

We’re thrilled to announce that the 2020 Avanzino Leadership Award goes to Dr. Michael J. Blackwell for his outstanding leadership and purposeful dedication to honor the human-animal bond.  The award is named after Rich Avanzino, the father of the no-kill movement and Maddie’s Fund President from 1999 – 2015. This award recognizes significant achievement and… Learn More

New Maddie’s Tail Wag activity book is just in time for summer!

Maddie’s® Tail Wag is a collection of activities and coloring pages for animal lovers of all ages, now available for two different age groups! Children 6 & under and kids 7 – 10 can color and learn to their hearts content.  Maddie’s® Tail Wag activity books are free and available for your organization to provide to your… Learn More

Man holding shelter cat

Animal lifesaving doesn’t begin and end at the shelter

As shelter and rescue organizations continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, we thought now would be a good time to revisit this important post from September 2018. Investing in preventive programming keeps animals in loving homes and also makes financial sense. If we want to save the lives of more pets, it’s important to understand… Learn More

Foster express challenge

The Foster Express Challenge champions are here! 

The Foster Express Challenge has officially reached its destination, and we’re thrilled with the outcome of the this journey! Before we get to the 19 grant recipients, it should go without saying that all 132 participating organizations are true champions, with over 8,000 animals going out on field trips across the United States. It may sound a little cheesy, but as Foster Express Challenge… Learn More

Wishing joy to all animal lovers this holiday season!

Maddie’s Fund is headquartered in California, and we confess that our office doesn’t really see a lot of snowfall. Still, there’s nothing like the spirit of Maddie to get us into the holiday mood! We hope the unconditional love of the animals in your lives — your family pets, your fosters, the animals in your… Learn More

Spreading the #FalalaFoster cheer is a job for everyone

This blog post was originally published in November 2016. We are thrilled that more and more organizations have continued to try short-term fostering! Looking to give back in a meaningful way this holiday season, while bringing some magic into your heart and home? You’re in luck, because ’tis the season to #FalalaFoster, even for first-timers!… Learn More

Kitten on cat condo

#MaddieMonday: Apply for a Maddie’s Apprenticeship Program, nationwide fostering study and more!

Apply today! Maddie’s® Apprenticeship Program application deadline is November 22, 2019. Maddie’s® Apprenticeship Program is an exciting opportunity for shelters and rescue organizations to share ideas and strategies to improve lifesaving. Through a blended learning experience, both direct hands-on and online, organizations looking to improve their practices will benefit from the wisdom shared by well… Learn More

Foster express challenge

#MaddieMonday: All aboard The Foster Express Challenge, apprenticeship application updates and more!

All aboard The Foster Express Challenge!  Expedite your lifesaving this holiday season with short-term foster care. We will be awarding $55,000 in grants to shelters across the United States! Registration closes Friday, November 8th.  Learn More UPDATE: The application window for Maddie’s® Apprenticeship Program opens on November 11th (not today)!  Maddie’s® Apprenticeship Program is an… Learn More

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