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
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).
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.
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
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.
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!
** You can can read more about the Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon at http://www.maddiesadoptathon.org/e/Live_Home.html
** And you can find out more about Maddie’s Fund at http://www.maddiesfund.org/