5 exceptional animal well-being professionals honored with Holiday Hero Awards, thanks to Maddie 

The remarkable efforts of five individuals in the animal well-being (welfare) space were each recognized with a Maddie Holiday Hero Award in December. Five organizations each received a $5,000 grant from Maddie’s Fund in honor of these individuals. Maddie’s Fund®, is a national family foundation established by Dave and Cheryl Duffield to revolutionize the status… Learn More

The 2024 Open Arms Challenge preparation begins in February!

Join us for the 2024 Open Arms Challenge! This Challenge is all about opening our hearts and minds to more accessible and inclusive practices. Maddie’s Fund® is partnering with 24 national organizations to encourage animal shelters, foster-based organizations and public charities to pilot new approaches that welcome your entire community during the month of April.… Learn More

$15,000 in grants available from Shelter Animals Count

If you want to be eligible for $15,000 in grants from Shelter Animals Count, be sure your data is updated by January 15th at 5:00 PM EST! Grant prizes will be broken down as follows: First prize of $5,000: Granted to TWO organizations who have submitted full intake/outcome data from 2021-2023. NEW this year: No minimum intake requirement! Second… Learn More

James Evans

A look back at the 2022 Avanzino Leadership Award recipient!

In celebration of The Gathering, Companions and Animals for Reform and Equity (CARE) second national conference in Philadelphia next week, we invite you to revisit CARE’s CEO James Evans’ 2022 Avanzino Leadership Award blog post.  Maddie’s Fund® is honored to present the 2022 Avanzino Leadership Award to James Evans for his outstanding leadership and purposeful dedication… Learn More

WisCARES receives $200,000 grant to help keep pets and people together

Maddie’s Fund® has awarded a $200,000 grant to The Wisconsin Companion Animal Resources, Education and Social Support (WisCARES) program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-M). This grant will support the salaries of a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) and social worker at the WisCARES program.   By having a social worker available to its clients, WisCARES… Learn More

How these Open Arms Challenge winners improved their community engagement

Community engagement is a key part of becoming a more welcoming and inclusive animal organization. As we prepare for the 2023 Open Arms Challenge (Registration ends January 30th!), we’re sharing some of the stories from the winners of the last Open Arms Challenge in 2022. From reaching new groups of people and providing resources to… Learn More

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