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Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon: 1,500 pets adopted in two days!

By Gary Bogue
Tuesday, June 15th, 2010 at 6:48 am in Cats, dogs, Maddie's Fund.

Anyone for a latte? (Maddie’s Fund photo)
Maddies, anyone for a latte

Most of the information below, except for these great photos, was printed in my June 15 daily newspaper column in Bay Area News Group newspapers that are published in the San Francisco Bay Area. The preliminary adoption total in my column was “1,400.” I was contacted by Maddie’s and informed that figure has now been upgraded to 1,500 pets adopted last weekend. I hope it goes even higher! /Gary

Can’t wait to adopt (Maddie’s Fund photo)
Maddies3, cant wait to adopt

Dear Gary:
Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon exceeded our wildest expectations.

We were hoping for 1,000 adoptions. Preliminary information indicates approximately 1,500 adoptions.  Thus, Maddie’s Fund will spend in the neighborhood of $750,000.

Folks were lining up at several locations before the doors opened. At Valley Humane in Pleasanton,   one lady showed up with a book and coffee at 8:30 (shelter opened at 10 am).

Amy with Peggy Lee (Maddie’s Fund photo)
Maddies2, amy with peggy lee

Paws and Tails in El Cerrito literally ran out of animals — they did 45 adoptions.

By midafternoon at Oakland Animal Services there were only 2 kittens left.

Kids and kittens at Farmer’s Market in San Ramon, CA (Maddie’s Fund photo)
Maddies5, Farmers market in san ramon

Oakland Animal Services found homes for several of  their longest term dogs, including Jeb, a pit-mix who had been in the shelter since October. They also found homes for several 10-year-old cats.
Lynn Spivak, Maddie’s Fund, Alameda, CA

Checking each other out at Safe Cat Foundation adoption (Maddie’s Fund photo)
Maddies11, safe cat foundation looking it over

Dear Lynn:
WOW — 41 participating animal welfare organizations in Alameda and Contra Costa counties found loving homes for approximately 1,500 cats and dogs in two days! That’s wonderful.

And Maddie’s Fund is spending around $750,000 to help make it happen because you’re giving these organizations $500 for each adoption they performed over the two-day event. Those much-needed funds will also help the animal rescue groups through these rough times while the economy is in the doldrums.

Hot licks for a new friend (Maddie’s Fund photo)
Maddies8 Hot licks

That’s GREAT work all the way around, everyone! It was particularly exciting to see that those long-term shelter dogs and older cats also found homes!

Susan Hunt with Flauta (Maddie’s Fund photo)
Maddies12, Susan Hunt with Flauta

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  2. Patricia Says:

    I’m all for animal adoption(I have a pound dog adopted 6 years ago), but is someone following up on the fate of these animals to ensure they are in good homes and don’t end up back in a shelter?

  3. Brian McCrea Says:

    I am so thrilled for the ladylike Bailey, a beautiful 10-year-old calm, dignified Dalmation, and Josh, a handsome laid-back shepherd mix. Both of them, and many other fine animals I had walked as a Canine Companion at the East Bay SPCA in Oakland, were adopted last weekend. Today (Tuesday, June 15) we actually had more volunteers than dogs, but there were big grins everywhere, because we all knew that many wonderful pets who had been confined for too long had at last gone home with loving families. The cats had a big run of adoptions, too. Every week, we get more great pets, and kitten season is just beginning. Remember, your local SPCA operates on donations from the public. Brian McCrea, Canine Companion

  4. Ruth Santell Says:

    Thank you, Maddie’s Fund! The Adoptathon was such a wonderful idea, and obviously was a great success! I, too, hope that the participating organizations will do as much follow-up as possible with all adopters, to be sure that the adoptees are adjusting well to their new homes and lifestyles. As all pet-lovers know, bringing home a new “baby”, of any age or temperment, causes changes in routines for the humans and sometimes behavior problems for the animals that need to be monitored. A lot of love and sometimes even more patience usually takes care of the adjustments necessary, but no one wants to see any of these animals returned to a shelter.

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