Don’t Miss Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days

I cannot be trusted with secrets. I am a loudmouth, a spiller of beans, a flibbertyjibbet. I tell you this not as a cautionary tale, though consider yourself warned, but because I am about to let the proverbial cat out of the bag (please don’t keep cats in bags, Nevada Humane Society is against that). Next weekend is a very big deal in Washoe County and Carson City. Big doings in Northern Nevada— mark your calendars, call your friends and alert your Twitter armies! For what you may ask? I’m building tension, creating suspense, building up your anticipation until you cannot take it another minute.  Ask Lazyboy for a refund because all you need of your chair is the edge of your seat. Drum roll please…

I am thrilled to trumpet that Washoe County’s no-kill coalition has once again been invited to participate in Maddie’s Fund’s incredible, superlative, monumental, and unrivaled Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days! For the third time in Northern Nevada Maddie’s Fund will sponsor the adoption fees—meaning fee-waived, free, no-cost, your money is no good here—for all dog and cat adoptions on May 30th and 31st at Nevada Humane Society Reno, Nevada Humane Society Carson City, Canine Rehabilitation Center Sanctuary (CRCS), Pet Network Humane Society and SPCA of Northern Nevada. Each organization will have a number of offsite adoption events and will be chalked full of amazing pets looking for their forever homes (for a list of adoption locations and available pets visit ). Thanks to the infinite generosity of Maddie’s Fund you can find unconditional love for absolutely free.

This amazing weekend of lifesaving is made possible by Maddie’s Fund; a family foundation founded in 1994 by Workday co-founder Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, who have endowed the Foundation with more than $300 million. Since then, they have awarded more than $153 million in grants toward increased community lifesaving, shelter medicine education, and pet adoptions across the U.S. The Duffield’s named Maddie’s Fund after their Miniature Schnauzer Maddie, who always made them laugh and comforted them during stressful times when Dave was launching a startup software company. Maddie was with Dave and Cheryl from 1987-1997 and continues to inspire them today.

Last year, Washoe County adopted over 500 animals in just two days. With Maddie’s Fund picking up the tab, help Northern Nevada top this goal, find hundreds of animals wonderful forever homes and help us empty the shelters. That’s right; the goal for the 2015 Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days is to empty NHS Reno, NHS Carson City, CRCS, Pet Network and SPCA. Help us leave each of our houses empty for the first time in history. Help us reach a new high water mark in the arc of animal welfare in Nevada by adopting May 30 and 31st from one of the no-kill coalition members. History is made by those who show up; I hope to see you next weekend.

Empty shelters will demonstrate this community’s commitment to homeless, abandoned and neglected animals. Empty shelters will allow us to prepare for the rough and tumble, crazy-busy summer months in which we will be swamped with animals. Empty shelters will once again reinforce that this is the most animal-friendly community in the nation. Empty shelters will be a result of the amazing work of Maddie’s Fund. #ThanksToMaddie

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