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May 31, 2011 > Pet adoptathon aims to empty East Bay animal shelters

Pet adoptathon aims to empty East Bay animal shelters

Local foundation pledges $2M to save more than 2,000 pets

Submitted By Jenny Kunz
Photos By Gary Gin

Last year, Maddie's Fund organized the largest collaboration of animal shelters in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties for a two-day record-breaking pet adoption event which saved the lives of nearly 2,000 dogs and cats. The second annual Maddie's Matchmaker Adoptathon is being held on June 4 and 5 to repeat last year's goal of finding loving homes for every dog and cat in the counties' shelters and rescue organizations.

Maddie's Fund has set aside $2M for this year's Adoptathon - double the nearly $1M spent last year - to cover this ambitious goal. Adoptions will again be free for qualified adopters. In return, Maddie's Fund will pay each shelter or rescue group $500 for every dog/cat adopted. However, to make sure no pet is left behind, $1,000 will be given for every adoption of a senior or treatable pet and $1,500 for every adoption of a senior pet with a medical condition.

Maddie's Fund will pay organizations $500 per regular adoption, $1,000 for each adoption involving a dog or cat who is 7 years of age or older OR who is diagnosed with one or more treatable medical conditions and $1,500 for each adoption involving a dog or cat who is 7 years of age or older AND who is diagnosed with one or more treatable medical conditions (list can be provided upon request).

"The success of last year's Adoptathon exceeded our wildest expectations," said Dave Duffield, Maddie's Fund founder. "We received reports that people lined up down the street and parking lots were full, as thousands of wonderful people turned out to save the lives of shelter animals. We're forever indebted to the many Bay Area residents who came together for this common cause and look forward to an even more successful event this year."

Maddie's Fund has partnered with more than 40 animal shelters and rescue organizations in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties for this year's Adoptathon. Free adoption of dogs and cats will be offered at more than 70 locations. This year, the Stoneridge Shopping Center in Pleasanton is working with Maddie's Fund to host adoptions and to serve as command central for the Adoptathon. Other adoption locations include participating shelters, such as the Hayward Animal Shelter, and rescue organizations, PETCO, PetSmart and Pet Food Express.

"Without the support, hard work and dedication of the animal shelter and rescue organizations, the Adoptathon would have never happened," said Rich Avanzino, Maddie's Fund president. "As a result, Maddie's Fund is doubling its monetary contribution to help empty those same shelters again. Our big initiative this year is to expand our life-saving efforts to include more senior and treatable dogs and cats."

Maddie's Matchmaker Adoptathon increases awareness of shelter animals and their need for loving homes and sheds light on the tireless efforts of the shelters and rescue organizations in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. In addition, the adoption event honors the memory of the Foundation's namesake, a miniature schnauzer named Maddie, who passed away in 1997, and was owned by Dave Duffield, the founder of Workday and PeopleSoft, and his wife Cheryl. He and his wife established the Foundation to help create a no-kill nation where all healthy and treatable shelter dogs and cats are guaranteed a loving home.

For a complete list of participating locations and addresses, visit Also follow updates for Maddie's Matchmaker Adoptathon on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information about Maddie's Fund, The Pet Rescue Foundation, visit

Maddie's Matchmaker Adoptathon
Saturday, June 4 - Sunday, June 5
Hayward Animal Shelter
16 Barnes Court, Hayward
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
(510) 293-7200, ext. 7

Free adoption of dogs, cats, puppies, kittens and rabbits for qualified homes.
Dog license fees still apply for Hayward residents.

Participating Animal Welfare Organizations

Alameda County
Berkeley Animal Services, Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society, Big Dawgs Rescue, City of Alameda Animal Shelter, East Bay SPCA, East County Animal Shelter, Fremont Animal Services, Furry Friends Rescue, German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California, German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue, Hayward Animal Shelter, Home At Last Animal Rescue, Hopalong Animal Rescue, Island Cat Resources and Adoption, Maine Coon Adoptions, Oakland Animal Services, Purrfect Cat Rescue, Sunshine Rescue Group, Tri-Valley Animal Rescue, Valley Humane Society, Wren Yorkie Rescue

Contra Costa County
Antioch Animal Shelter, Biff & Bark Foundation, Cat Support Network, Community Concern for Cats, Contra Costa Animal Services, Contra Costa Humane Society, Contra Costa SPCA, East Bay Animal Rescue and Refuge, Feral Cat Foundation, Golden State German Shepherd Rescue, Good Newz Pittie Pup Rescue, Great Kitty (and Doggy) Rescue of Rescue Alliance, H.A.L.O. (Homeless Animals' Lifeline Organization), HARP (Homeless Animals Response Program), Hayflakes Sanctuary, Lucky Dog, Outcast Cat Help, Paw Printz Pitbull Rescue, Paws and Tails Rescue, Pets and Pals, , Pomeranian Rescue Group, Safe Cat Foundation, Shake Wiggle N Roll, Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation, White Kitty Foundation

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