For homeless cats and dogs in animal shelters across the country, the first weekend in June is somewhat like the Super Bowl weekend of second chances. June is generally the month that pet shelters launch initiatives to empty shelters to make way for a summer of new-found kittens and puppies and adult strays.
One such initiative has a lofty goal of finding 5,000 cats and dogs homes in an orchestrated event covering eight communities in five states and involving more than 150 pet shelters and rescues over Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2. As part of its strategy to promote free adoption nationwide, Maddie’s Fund ® plans to host America’s biggest free adoption event, dedicating $4 million to the effort. Shelter locations participating can be found at http://adopt.maddiesfund.org/.
It’s not just the waiving of adoption fees that will inspire families to take a trip to the shelter that weekend, although with normal adoption fees ranging from $80 to $250 per pet, it doesn’t hurt, says President of Maddie’s Fund Rich Avanzino. But it’s more about the air of excitement that surround these events in each community.
“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 Avanzino, “We’re finding free adoption events are becoming a trend with shelters because they are a proven way to empty facilities and lighten the financial burden of caring long-term for animals, while at the same time finding loving homes for animals and reducing the need for euthanasia.”
Adopters must still qualify for their pets, and just because the pets are free, shelters aren’t out the expense for caring and housing the pet. Maddie’s Fund gives organizations from $500 to $2,000 per adoption. The more senior the animal with medical conditions, the bigger the gift.
“Maddie’s Fund wants to give all healthy, senior, and treatable shelter dogs and cats loving homes and free pet adoption events have proven very successful toward that end,” Avanzino adds.
The trend of holding free adoption events at animal shelters can only grow, Avanzino believes. “We’ll see more pet-loving benefactors in communities nationwide get on board with assisting their local shelters to apply the fee-waived strategy to save pet lives and alleviate the over-crowding in shelters,” he says.
More information on participating shelters can be found at: http://adopt.maddiesfund.org/.
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’s Grant Giving and Maddie’s InstituteSM . Maddie’s Fund is named after the family’s beloved Miniature Schnauzer who passed away in 1997.