Are you looking for a new furry-best-friend? Now’s your chance to give a needy pet that forever-home you both yearn for.
They’re always there, ready to join your family and seek out that just-right-sleeping-spot on your lap…and make themselves at home in your heart. Each and every one is a missing puzzle piece that will make some special human whole again. Betcha didn’t know you had that hole in your heart…the solution is near. So what are you waiting for?
“Black and white, brindle or tabby,
Merle or brown, sable, Abby
Persian, Collie, whole or fixed,
Rainbow pets…your perfect picks…” *
Maddie’s Fund calls the upcoming June 1-2 adoption event a “Super Bowl for Second Chances.” If you’re like many of us in the pet community, you know that spring brings boatloads of kittens and puppies that fill area shelters to bursting. Prepping for this furry bounty means making room for the newcomers. To do that, the current cat and dog residents need new homes.
The two-day adopt-athon aims to match-make pet-people connections for 5,000 cats and dogs in eight communities in five states. WOW! More than 150 pet shelters and rescues are taking part, and Maddie’s Fund ® is dedicating $4 million to this “free adoption” effort. Find participating shelter locations here.
“Whoops or planned, shown or banned,
Shelter, rescue, foster, pound,
Bottle babies, purebred ladies,
Perfect, damaged, all are found.” *
“Human nature is to procrastinate and the free adoption weekends, with all their high-energy and media attention, encourage people to do what they’ve been planning on doing for a long time—adopt a pet,” says Richard Avanzino, Maddie’s Fund president. Check out some of the purr-sonal face to furry-face stories here! I encourage all my pet blogger friends to pick up and RUN with this story…or just re-blog this. Go ahead…I double dog (and cat) dare ya!
You still need to meet the shelters’ adoption requirements, of course, to make sure the match-made-in-heaven lasts. Maddie’s Fund gives organizations from $500 to $2,000 per adoption to help defray the cost of having cared for these needy animals–and the more care involved (sick, older, injured) the bigger the gift. But that also means the greater your PAW-some feeling of saving a life!
“Blond or blue, calico, curly,
Pointed, smooth, wirehair, surly,
Sweetheart, bold, or shy thereof,
Rainbow pets–they’re yours to love.” *
As Avanzino says, “Maddie’s Fund wants to give all healthy, senior, and treatable shelter dogs and cats loving homes.”
Free pet adoption events have a proven track record of making that happen. My colleague and friend, nationally known pet expert Gina Spadafori, points out that the University of Florida Shelter Medicine study revealed that people care JUST AS MUCH about pets they “pay for” as pets they get for free.
More information on participating shelters can be found at Maddie’s Fund website.
Even if your local shelter isn’t on the list, don’t let that stop you. There are needy pets waiting for you in your own neck of the woods all year long. Don’t let them wait too long . . .
Maddie’s Fund (www.maddiesfund.org) is a family foundation endowed by the founder of Workday® and PeopleSoft, Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl. 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 through Maddie’sGrant Giving and Maddie’s InstituteSM . Maddie’s Fund is named after the family’s beloved Miniature Schnauzer who passed away in 1997.
*(Lyrics from Rainbow Pets, Copr. Amy Shojai/Frank Steele, all rights reserved)
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