Dogs wait for a forever homeMaddie’s Fund, a large foundation devoted to animal welfare, plans to open its first shelter for homeless animals. They intend to open the shelter in Alameda county, and to collaborate with other shelters in the Contra Costa and Alameda counties to benefit both animals and the community. The organization was founded by PeopleSoft founder Dave Duffield and his wife Cheryl to donate dollars towards animal rescue and welfare with their eyes set on a no-kill nation. So far they have donated nearly $100 million dollars towards this effort.

Duffield notes that after Maddie’s Fund has invested so much in shelter medicine, accountability, and transparency, they have come to a point where the organization needs to “take the next step.”  He says “We’ll be combining the latest developments in lifesaving with advances in technology to create a new concept in animal sheltering. And we’ll be sharing the results, both challenges and successes, with the rest of the world.”  The shelter run by Maddie’s Fund is expected to open its doors before 2014.

This foundation has studied at great length what is happening in shelters today, and has made recommendations on how to improve shelters to increase adoption and lower kill rates. They are also at the forefront of the No Kill Movement, believing that it is possible to achieve a no kill nation by 2015. It will be extremely valuable for the Bay Area to have a shelter that may be able to set an example of how to increase rates of adoption. Given that Alameda, and San Francisco, are communities where adoptable animals still lose their lives, a local example will be a tremendous asset.

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Jen deHaan is graphic designer, small business owner, and dog person living in Bay Area, California. Jen enjoys learning about dog training and behavior, and has taken several courses and seminars since 2010. She also contributes articles to leading websites, such as Victoria Stilwell's Positively . It all started with a great dog called Mikey (aka "dude"), loved and lost but remembered forever. Jen also runs a freelance business focusing on graphic, web, and UI design at FoundPixel, and a small business creating hand crafted dog products at Stylish Canine.