On June 9 & 10 Maddie’s Fund is holding their third annual Maddie’s® Matchmaker Adoptathon. The goal is to empty the animal shelters in their local counties of San Francisco, Alameda, and Contra Costa by providing absolutely FREE adoptions for all dogs and cats at more than 80 participating locations. Their 2010 event resulted in 1,809 adoptions, and 2,312 pets were adopted in 2011. This year’s goal is to find loving, forever homes for 3,000 cats and dogs.
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.
If you’ve read my blog much, you know how much I love my two dogs. Both them are rescues. Archie was in a very bad situation when a coworker rescued him, and I adopted Lydia from Town Lake Animal Center in Austin. I can’t imagine life without either of them, and when I consider that Lydia would have likely been euthanized had I not adopted her, it sends chills up my spine. She and Archie have always been very sweet, loving dogs and I’m so fortunate to have them in my life. And the fact is, shelters are full of dogs like them just waiting for someone to come along, give them a chance, and live happily ever after.
So, if you’re in the Bay Area and are thinking of adopting a cat or dog, this weekend is a great time to do it! Even if you’re not in the Bay Area though, if you’re thinking of adopting, why not visit your local shelter this weekend? Your best friend may very well be waiting for you right now.