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Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon: No Pet Left Behind

This year, seniors and animals with health conditions get a boost
By The Bark Editors, May 2011, Updated June 2021

Last year, Bay Area animal shelters—fueled by the generosity of Maddie’s Fund—joined together to find homes for nearly 2,000 dogs and cats in a single weekend, with some organizations saving more pets in those two days than in the previous two months. The success of the adoptathon was not only unprecedented in terms of the number of animals who found homes, but it proved to be the largest collaboration of Bay Area shelter/rescue organizations in history.

Now with the second Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon (June 4–5), shelters and rescue groups in Alameda and Contra Costa counties aim to shatter that record.

Like last year, Adoptathon adoptions will be free for qualified adopters, thanks to Alamada-based pet rescue foundation, Maddie’s Fund, which will donate a minimum of $500 to the adopting organization for every pet who finds a new home that weekend. To make sure no pet is left behind, the fund will double that figure in the case of every dog or cat older than 7 years of age or  diagnosed with one or more treatable medical conditions. For an animal that is senior and has a health condition—shelters will receive $1,500.  

Maddie’s Fund has set aside $2 million for this year’s Adoptathon—double what it spent last year—to cover this ambitious goal.


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Maddie’s Fund was established by Dave Duffield, founder of Workday and PeopleSoft, and his wife Cheryl to help create a no-kill nation where all healthy and treatable shelter dogs and cats are guaranteed a loving home. To date, Maddie’s Fund has given $96 million to animal shelters and rescue organizations across the U.S.

Look for Christie Keith from Maddie’s Fund, she’ll be our special guest at Bark’s June 1 open thread a few days before the big event!


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