Citrus County Animal Services has just received its second
grant from Maddie's Fund®, a national family foundation established by Dave and
Cheryl Duffield to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion
The Maddie's Fund® Challenge Completion Award for the Get
‘Em Home Challenge in the amount of $1,000. Maddie's Fund® supports the
lifesaving efforts made by staff and volunteers at the Animal Shelter.
“This is one of the many national programs the shelter
participates in throughout the year to enhance the shelter experience in Citrus
County. The shelter also relies heavily on local volunteers and donations,”
said Animal Services Director Colleen Yarbrough.
The Get ‘em Home Challenge, which was held over three
months, focused on dogs and cats that had been in animal shelters for more than
30 days. The contest shined a light on pets who have been waiting a little
longer for a home, often due to no fault of their own. Over 16,000 dogs and
cats from across the country found homes, thanks to this special contest hosted
by Maddie's Fund®, a national family foundation established by Dave and Cheryl
Duffield to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals. Over
$50,000 in grant money was awarded to 19 organizations.
“We are so proud of these organizations for their
creativity, and their commitment to the well-being of animals is inspiring,”
said Kelly Duer, Foster Care Specialist at Maddie’s Fund. “So many of these
programs incorporated foster care for the first time. This not only gave dogs
and cats a break from the shelter, it also helped the shelter to learn more
about the pet’s personality, allowing them to help find their match.”
Maddie's Fund® is a family foundation created in 1994 by
Workday® co-founder Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, who have endowed the
Foundation with more than $300 million. Since then, the Foundation has awarded
more than $225.7 million in grants toward increased community lifesaving,
shelter management leadership, shelter medicine education, and foster care
across the U.S. The Duffields named Maddie's Fund after their Miniature
Schnauzer Maddie, who always made them laugh and gave them much joy. Maddie was
with Dave and Cheryl for ten years and continues to inspire them today.
Maddie's Fund is the fulfillment of a promise to an
inspirational dog, investing its resources to create a no-kill nation where
every dog and cat is guaranteed a healthy home or habitat. #ThanksToMaddie.