Now in its fifth year, Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days spanned 591 cities in nine states across the country. More than 200 shelters and rescue groups worked tirelessly over the two days to give homeless pets a second chance and it worked. An unprecedented 15,000 dogs and cats found homes thanks to this amazing event.
DogChannel visited the newly dedicated Rescue Row in San Francisco, Calif. for Maddie’s Adoption Day kick-off. A total of 4,464 dogs and cats found their forever homes in the Bay Area alone. Watch the video:
The 15,000 adoptions represents an increase of 78% over last year’s 8,432 adoptions during this annual two-day event. Maddie’s Fund originally set aside $10 million to underwrite the adoptions managed by participating organizations this year, but the total donation amount is likely to be much higher.
“As we near our goal of a no-kill nation by 2015, we are thrilled at the sheer number of people who visited all of the locations over the weekend,” says Maddie’s Fund president Rich Avanzino. “We congratulate the groups on a successful event, and applaud the thousands of people who opened their hearts and homes to a shelter pet this weekend.”
Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days has found homes for more than 30,000 homeless dogs and cats since 2010. For each pet adopted, Maddie’s Fund provides participating shelters from $500 to $2,000 to cover the true costs of adoptions, enabling shelters and rescue groups to save more animals throughout the year.
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