Provided by Prince William Humane Society
The Prince William Humane Society received a $5,000.00 grant from Maddie’s Fund®. The fund is a national family foundation established by Dave and Cheryl Duffield to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals, and their Innovation Grants program.
Fur-ever Together is a unique program whose purpose is to save more lives by reducing pet surrenders to the shelter, increase the adoptability of homeless animals, preserve the loving bond between pet owners and pets, and prevent pet homelessness. Pet owners typically relinquish their pets due to behavioral and financial issues. Since this is a solvable problem! This grant will allow Prince William Humane Society to engage a pet behaviorist to assess perceived behavioral issues, offer one-on-one assistance to correct those problems and in so doing keep the pets in their homes. Additionally, the behaviorist will be called upon to assess and work with homeless pets at our Adopt Shop in Dumfries to support the adoption process and better match them with their forever home.
“Thanks to Maddie, we will start a ‘train the trainer’ program with our staff members. They will be able to provide pet owners in our community with the knowledge and skills to work with their pets and support the needs of our adopting families, said Lori Leary, Prince William Humane Society President. “We have used a behaviorist in the past with great success, and now we’ll be able to help many more pets stay in their homes and find forever homes,” she continued. “Prince William Humane Society is striving to solve pet homelessness in our community and Maddie’s Fund is helping us do just that.”
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 $225.7 million in grants toward increased community lifesaving, shelter management leadership, shelter medicine education, and foster care across the U.S.
The Duffields named Maddie’s Fund after their Miniature Schnauzer Maddie, who always made them laugh and gave them much joy. Maddie was with Dave and Cheryl for ten years 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.