Blackwood, NJ — Thanks to a $5,000 grant from Maddie’s Fund®, a national family foundation established by Dave and Cheryl Duffield to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals, Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center was able to create brand new Go Packs for volunteers interested in fostering homeless pets during the COVID pandemic. Included in these Go Packs were heating pads, blankets, bottles and nipples, kitten milk replacement (KMR), and enrichment toys that were meant to make first time fostering a breeze!
This grant also enabled staff to dedicate extra time to developing Homeward Bound’s foster network through printed materials and a baby bottle feeding seminar.
In total, Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center has seen an 11% increase in foster care in 2020 from 2019. That translates to just over 550 more animals saved through foster care! Homeward Bound relies on the generosity of the community to continue in its lifesaving mission, and in thanks for the generosity of Maddie’s Fund, named for a beloved Miniature Schnauzer whose unconditional love, loyalty, and spirit inspired a revolution, Homeward Bound has dedicated a kennel to Maddie’s memory that sponsors the adoption fees for at least 2 furry friends!
“This pandemic has created enormous challenges with regards to caring for and fostering pets who are still searching for their forever home, but the outpouring of support from our community has been unbelievable,” said Freeholder Jonathan Young, the Camden County Freeholder Board’s liaison to Homeward Bound. “Thank you to Maddie’s Fund for supporting our team and continuing to be an incredible partner during this unprecedented time.”
Homeward Bound is so grateful to Maddie’s Fund for their unyielding dedication to helping animals all over! #ThanksMaddie!
About Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center
Formerly Camden County Animal Shelter, Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center is the largest open admission shelter in the region, serving more than 5,000 abused, homeless and neglected animals annually. It offers low cost vaccinations for owned pets, spay/neuter surgeries for community cats, and work with local county officials to ensure the health and safety of homeless and feral companion animals.
About Maddies 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 $247.3 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.