FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kay Hyman
December 12, 2016 (843) 224-0899
CHARLESTON ANIMAL SOCIETY RECEIVES $127,500 FOR EXPANSION OF ITS LIFESAVING PROGRAMS THANKS TO MADDIE’S FUND
Maddie’s Fund®, a national family foundation, has awarded Charleston Animal Society with grants totaling $127,500 for the outstanding work the organization is doing to save animal lives.
An award of $100,000 was made for a Foster Apprentice Program, allowing the Charleston Animal Society to expand and share its highly acclaimed fostering system model with 40 apprentices from different agencies around the country. “This is a chance for animal shelters across the US to learn how we have built and maintained a foster network of 500 area families,” said Charleston Animal Society Director of Humane Education De Daltorio. At any given time, there are as many animals living with our foster families as are actually staying at the shelter.
“Foster caregivers are the bridge to a forever home for animals,” said Laurie Peek of the Maddie’s Fund Executlve Leadership Team. “Charleston Animal Society is a true leader in this area, working to make fostering accessible and enjoyable for everyone. We look forward to the positive ripple effect this will have across the nation as apprenticeship participants go back and apply what they learned in their own communities!”
The remaining $27K in grant funds has been allocated for the renovation of the dog adoption room, the Animal Resource Center, which helps people work through pet problems, and the restructuring of Feline Freedom Coalition, a cat sanctuary in the Hollywood-Ravenel area. Maddie’s Fund also honored Charleston Animal Society CEO Joe Elmore, with its prestigious Maddie Hero Award, recognizing his outstanding leadership in the animal welfare field.
“Maddie’s Fund is an amazing organization that makes all of our dreams of making lives better for our community animals possible,” said Elmore.
ABOUT MADDIE’S® FUND
Maddie’s Fund is a family foundation created in 1994 by Workday co-founder Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, who have endowed the Foundation with more than $300 million. Since then, the foundation has awarded more than $187.8 million in grants toward increased community lifesaving, shelter medicine education and pet adoptions across the U.S. The Duffields named Maddie’s Fund after their Miniature Schnauzer, Maddie, who made them laugh and gave them comfort.Maddie was with Dave and Cheryl from 1987 – 1997 and continues to inspire them today. Maddie’s Fund is the fulfillment of a promise to an inspirational dog, investing its resources to create a no-kill nation where every dog and cat is guaranteed a healthy home or habitat. #ThanksToMaddie.