The Calhoun County Animal Coalition
and Maddie's Fund ®
Maddie's Fund ® wants to help communities
achieve no-kill status, whereby all their healthy and treatable
shelter dogs and cats are guaranteed loving homes within ten years.
To achieve this goal in our county, the Calhoun County Animal Coalition
was formed and is currently working within our community, and in
partnership with Maddie's Fund ®, to establish community-wide
collaborations of adoption guarantee organizations, animal control
and traditional shelters, and private practice veterinarians, working
together to provide an adoption guarantee for all their healthy
shelter dogs and cats.
The first phase of the project,
2007 and 2008 data collection, has been completed. Maddie’s
Fund awarded the Calhoun County Animal Coalition a $15,000 grant
to begin this community data collection process and continue
through 2011. The results of HSSCM's 2007 and 2008 Summary Data
and the Summary Results for the Target Community are listed below
(MS Excel format):
HSSCM 2010 data
HSSCM 2011 data
Summary 2007 data
Summary 2008 data
Community Summary 2009 data
Community Summary 2010 data
Calhoun County Animal Coalition Partnering
Alley Cat Angels
Calhoun County Animal Center, Inc.
Concern for Critters
About Maddie's Fund
a beloved Miniature Schnauzer whose unconditional love, devotion,
loyalty and spirit inspired her caregivers to start
a charitable foundation, Maddie’s Fund ®, in
her name. The Maddie’s Fund mission and purpose is to help
the nation’s most needy dogs and cats: Dogs and cats who,
for one reason or another, have ended up in our animal shelters-homeless,
desperate, hoping for a new loving home--and running out of time...
Dave and Cheryl Duffield fell in love with Maddie when she was
only ten days old. "We held her in our arms, and loved her
immediately," says Dave. "Maddie melted our hearts from
the first second we saw her," adds Cheryl. "We loved
her sweet ways, her stubbornness, her independence, her intelligence,
her spirit, and her devotion."
Dave, Cheryl and Maddie shared ten memorable and happy years together,
years filled with walks in the woods, trips to the beach, and good
times at home. Dave remembers one particularly good day during
the formation of his company, PeopleSoft. Playing with Maddie,
he picked her up and made the following promise: "If we ever
make some money, I promise we will give it back to you and your
kind so others can be as happy as we are today."
Dave and Cheryl are fulfilling their promise to Maddie. They have
spent $54 million so far to save dog and cat lives, and have personally
given more of their personal wealth to the animal welfare cause
than any other individuals--ever. Dave and Cheryl don't want to
make a big fuss about their unprecedented personal contribution.
But, they do want to honor their beloved dog and the special bond
they shared with her.
Animal lovers can understand this sentiment. More and more of us
view our companion animals as family, giving them the same care
and love we provide our two-legged family members. Our pets enrich
our lives with their unconditional devotion to us. They enhance
our lives by being a source of stability, love and companionship.
The rewards of animal companionship are immeasurable.
The love Dave and Cheryl shared with Maddie inspired them to give
generously to help save homeless, abandoned shelter pets in desperate
need of love and care. Thanks to Maddie, the dog with the indomitable
spirit, these special animals are afforded new opportunities to
find loving homes in which they, too, may share in the joy, love
and companionship that Dave and Cheryl enjoyed with Maddie.
On behalf of all sheltered dogs and cats, we give thanks to Maddie,
whose spirit lives on through the lives her memorable gift has