Citrus County Animal Services receives 2nd nat’l Maddie’s Fund® grant

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 animals.

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.

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