Those of us who love cats dream of a world in which every cat has a forever home. Maddie’s Fund is trying to make that dream a reality for cats in the San Francisco Bay area this weekend.
Maddie’s Fund®, a foundation funded by the founder of Workday and PeopleSoft, Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, whose mission is to help to create a no-kill nation where all healthy and treatable shelter pets are guaranteed a loving home, is hoping to find homes for all shelter cats (and dogs, too) in a massive adoptathon June 9 and 10. The event is being held at 80 locations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, and more than 60 shelters, animal control agencies, and rescue groups are participating. All dog and cat adoptions will be free.
In addition to offering free adoptions, Maddie’s Fund is also donating between $500 to $2000 to the participating organizations for every adoption they do that weekend — $500 for healthy young pets, $1000 for older pets or those with specific health issues, and $2000 for every cat or dog who is both a senior and has a health problem. They expect to spend around $3 million on this effort.
One group who is participating in the adoptathon is Give Me Shelter Cat Rescue, a non-profit, all volunteer-based organization dedicated to finding loving homes for unwanted, abandoned, homeless and abused cats. They are a true no-kill cat rescue organization; every cat they take in finds a good home. Meet a few of the cats they have available for adoption.
Charisma is a 12-year-old tortie who is a sweet and very affectionate girl. She is incredibly spry and active for her age. For more information about Charisma, visit her Petfinder profile.
Noelle is a beautiful adult tabby who is is a tad shy around strangers, but once comfortable, comes out of her shell and is a wonderful cat. She is playful and loves to sit in your lap. She is currently in a foster home. For more information about Noelle, visit her Petfinder profile.
Zeus is a 5-year-old tabby. He is a very affectionate boy who loves people and gets along well with the other cats of the household. For more information about Zeus, visit his Petfinder profile.
Photo at top by Mendocino County Animal Care Services, Flickr Creative Commons, photos of adoptable cats from Petfinder.com