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June 8, 2010 > Free pet adoptions

Free pet adoptions

Submitted By Christine Cefalo

Maddie's Fund, the largest pet foundation in the U.S. dedicated to saving dog and cat lives, in partnership with 38 animal shelters and adoption-guarantee organizations in Alameda and Contra Costa will sponsor an "adoptathon" on June 12 and 13. Free adoption of dogs and cats will be offered to qualified homes during the weekend at each participating organization as well as many PETCO, PetSmart and Pet Food Express locations.

To help participating shelters, Maddie's Fund will give the groups $500 for each adoption. The Foundation hopes to spend more than a half million dollars.

The adoption event honors the memory of the Foundation's namesake, a miniature schnauzer named Maddie, to increase awareness of shelter animals, their need for loving homes and to highlight the tireless efforts of the shelters and adoption-guarantee organizations in Alameda and Contra Costa counties to save the lives of countless dogs and cats.

"We hope that by 2015 all healthy and treatable dogs and cats will be saved in the United States," said Dave Duffield, Maddie's Fund founder. "We believe the American people will lead the charge. Maddie's Fund is investing in the fantastic work being done by animal shelters and adoption guarantee organizations to help achieve the goal. Events such as Maddie's Matchmaker Adoptathon provide visibility for this very important cause."

"Maddie's Matchmaker Adoptathon has brought together the largest collaboration of shelters and adoption-guarantee organizations in Bay Area history," said Rich Avanzino, Maddie's Fund president. "I'd like to congratulate these groups for all the great work they do and thank them for their strong partnership and support for this upcoming weekend event. We encourage everyone to join us in our efforts to save all healthy and treatable shelter pets by adopting a dog or cat in need of a loving home on June 12 or 13, or any day of the year."

For more information, visit and Please check with participating animal welfare organizations for opening hours, address and availability of other animals for adoption.

Maddie's Matchmaker Adoptathon
Saturday, June 12
Sunday, June 13
Times vary by location.

Participating Animal Welfare Organizations

Alameda County
Bay Area Poodle Rescue á Berkeley Animal Services á Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society á Big Dawgs Rescue á City of Alameda Animal Shelter á East Bay SPCA á East County Animal Shelter á Fairmont Animal Shelter á Fremont Animal Services á Furry Friends Rescue á German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California á German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue á Hayward Animal Shelter á Home At Last Animal Rescue á Hopalong Animal Rescue á Maine Coon Adoptions á Oakland Animal Services á Purrfect Cat Rescue á Sunshine Rescue Group á Tri-Valley Animal Rescue á Valley Humane Society.

Contra Costa County
Antioch Animal Shelter á Community Concern for Cats á Contra Costa Animal Services á Contra Costa Humane Society á East Bay Animal Rescue and Refuge á Feral Cat Foundation á Golden State German Shepherd Rescue á Great Kitty (and Doggy) Rescue of Rescue Alliance á H.A.L.O. (Homeless Animals' Lifeline Organization) á Hayflakes Sanctuary á HARP (Homeless Animals Response Program) á Nor Cal Poodle Rescue á Outcast Cat Help á Paw Printz Pitbull Rescue á Pets and Pals á PROS Pug Rescue Bay to the Borders á Safe Cat Foundation á Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation.

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