Maddie’s Fund® (www.maddiesfund.org) is a family foundation founded in 1994 by Workday co-founder Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, who have endowed the Foundation with more than $300 million. Since then, they have awarded more than $153 million in grants toward increased community lifesaving, shelter medicine education, and pet adoptions across the U.S. The Duffields named Maddie's Fund after their Miniature Schnauzer Maddie, who always made them laugh and comforted them during stressful business times when Dave was launching a startup software company. Maddie was with Dave and Cheryl from 1987-1997 and continues to inspire them today.
Maddie's® Pet Adoption Days was the nation's biggest free pet adoption event. Its purpose was to increase awareness of shelter animals, shed light on the tireless efforts of shelters and rescue organizations, and find new families for homeless dogs and cats. The adoption event honored the memory of the foundation's namesake, a Miniature Schnauzer named Maddie.
The last Maddie's® Pet Adoption Days was held the weekend of May 30 - 31, 2015, and in its fifth year, had expanded to include 200 animal shelters and rescue groups in 14 communities across the U.S. Maddie's Fund earmarked $10 million as a way to give back to the participating organizations, donating up to $2,500.00 per adopted dog or cat. The goal of the event was to find loving homes for 10,000 homeless dogs and cats over the weekend by waiving all adoption fees for the public.
Maddie's® Pet Adoption Days started in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2010, where Maddie's Fund® is headquartered. The money given by Maddie's Fund has enabled shelters to treat and rehabilitate senior pets and those with medical conditions - animals who likely would have been euthanized otherwise.
Maddie's® Pet Adoption Days was a collaborative effort of countless people who want to save the lives of shelter animals, a testament to what can be done when people come together and rally for a common cause.