By Gary Bogue
Friday, June 29th, 2012 at 7:05 am in Maddie's Fund.
Well, it’s over! Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon was on the weekend of June 9-10 and a LOT of cats and dogs now have new homes because of it. How good can it get? Look at the photo above. I’d call that pretty darn good!
As I wrote in previous blog entries before the adoptathon … thousands of FREE adoptable cats and dogs were available to qualified adopters at this huge event — from 63 different animal shelters and nonprofit animal rescue organizations — at 80 different locations in Contra Costa, Alameda, and San Francisco Counties. If you’d like to learn more about the background of this unique program, you can read what I had to say before it happened at http://www.ibabuzz.com/garybogue/2012/05/08/maddies-matchmaker-adoptathon-june-9-10-looking-for-a-free-pet
I was away on vacation while Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon was going on. I found this e-mail waiting for me when I returned:
First off, I’d like to extend a huge thanks from everyone at Maddie’s Fund for your coverage of our event! It gave us the necessary exposure to find homes for even more shelter animals this year. We are happy to report that our preliminary adoption number for the 2012 Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon is more than 2,600 dogs and cats, with over 30% of those being senior and/or treatable animals.
As you know, the goal of the Adoptathon is to find homes for ALL shelter dogs and cats — especially those that are usually hard to place. While it’s true that many people would prefer a puppy or kitten, the Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon is proof that any pet can find his perfect match if given the chance.
This year’s Adoptathon was a BIG win for Maddie’s Fund, the 63 participating groups and the animals. We’d like to share some of the heartwarming stories that capture the true essence of this event:
*** The first adopter at Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) arrived at 4:30 a.m., and by 9 a.m. they had a line of 25 people waiting for their doors to open.
*** Dave Duffield, Founder of Maddie’s Fund, made a special plea on Facebook over the weekend for people to come visit Gus, a 5-year old, 105-pound gentle giant who had been one of Oakland Animal Services’ longest residents. A couple from San Mateo saw the clip, rushed right over to OAS and took him home. Way to go Gus!
*** Cuddles was the very last adoption of the weekend for Safe Cat Foundation. She is a 10-year old cat that was born without her hind legs. Her previous owners claimed she was too much trouble, but her new family only sees her sweet personality and desire to live, despite her limitations. Yay for Cuddle’s and her second chance!
*** Millie was scared and sick when she arrived at Maine Coon Cats. She spent her first nine years living in a backyard and had developed ear cancer, which was successfully treated before Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon. We are happy to report that Millie’s new family is spoiling her rotten. Enjoy it Millie, you deserve it!
*** East Bay Animal Rescue and Refuge (EBARR) found a loving home for “Lumpy,” an 11-year old black lab with fatty tumors. The adopting family wanted a companion for their 10-year old dog, and as luck would have it, the two dogs became instant buddies. It was a match made in heaven!
For more stories and photos from the adoptathon weekend, please visit:
Thanks again for your support.
Jenny Kunz, Maddie’s Fund, Alameda, California
My pleasure! Seeing all those happy animal and human faces makes my day for the next decade! Please do it again NEXT year!! /Gary