After over a decade of work in animal welfare and advocacy following extensive organizational restructuring, the #6 expert-identified nonprofit foundation, Maddie’s Fund, continues to invest its resources in a number of areas that vastly benefit animals and animal rights groups. Read more about the type of work that this fund supports:
Maddie’s Fund was established by Dave and Cheryl Duffield as The Duffield Family Foundation in 1994. In January 1999, the Board of Directors restructured the Foundation, defined its mission, implemented a new operating methodology and adopted the name Maddie’s Fund. Maddie’s Fund is helping to create a no-kill nation where all healthy and treatable shelter dogs and cats are guaranteed a loving home. To achieve this goal, Maddie’s Fund is investing its resources in building community collaborations where animal welfare organizations come together to develop successful models of lifesaving; in veterinary colleges to help shelter medicine become part of the veterinary curriculum; and in the implementation of a national strategy to promote accountability and transparency in animal shelter operations. Maddie’s Fund is named after the family’s beloved Miniature Schnauzer who passed away in 1997.
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According to experts, Maddie’s Fund has pioneered the no-kill movement by funding local shelters and programs to help them implement and sustain life saving programs. Maddie’s Fund has also funded shelter medicine programs at major vet schools across the country and has made shelter medicine an important part of a veterinary education. Read more expert reviews here to learn more about how the Maddie’s Fund has contributed to animal rights and welfare at large.