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Maddie’s® Lifesaving Award

A rambunctious schnauzer named Maddie was the impetus behind the creation of Maddie’s Fund®, a family foundation endowed by the founder of Workday® and PeopleSoft, Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl. Maddie’s Fund is dedicated to revolutionizing the status and well-being of companion animals.

As part of its commitment, Maddie’s Fund awards grants from $200,000 to $3 million as part of the Maddie’s® Community Lifesaving Award to communities that have made a difference in animal lives.

The Austin Coalition, a partnership of three Austin animal welfare organizations which includes Austin Humane Society, Austin Animal Center and Austin Pets Alive!, has been given the prestigious Maddie’s Lifesaving Award and a grant of $3 million. This $3 million grant was awarded to the coalition in recognition of achieving and maintaining no-kill status since February 2011.

The Austin Humane Society will continue to support the no-kill commitment with critical programs including saving lives through adoption, preventing homelessness through spay/neuter, supporting animals and people in times of disaster and engaging the community to be a part of the solution. As Austin grows, it is critical that we continue to expand these programs to meet the needs of the animals and people in Austin.

The Austin Humane Society has been making a difference in animal lives since 1952.

A look at the numbers from 2012-2017:

  • 64,670 – number of animals that have been saved by the Austin Humane Society
  • 675,471 – the number of hours our shelter volunteers have generously donated
  • 12,029 – the number of foster homes that opened their homes to care for our special needs and too young for adoption animals
  • And, over 57,000 cats have been part of our Community Cat program since the program’s inception in 2007. This targeted spay/neuter program has a direct impact on preventing further animal homelessness.”
  • Lifesaving Percentage Rate 97.55% based on ASPCA Live Release Rate (Live Outcomes/Intakes)

To review our full Animal Statistics Tables, please click below:

2016 Animal Statistics Table

Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Externship at the Austin Humane Society



The Austin Humane Society is pleased, thanks to a generous grant from Maddie’s Fund, to offer reimbursement for travel expenses for eligible veterinary student externs. Eligible travel expenses include airfare, mileage ($0.58/mile), lodging, and meals (not including alcoholic beverages), up to $1,500 per student. Veterinary student externs will be selected to receive the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Externship at the Austin Humane Society based on the following criteria:

  • Must be a 3rd or 4th year veterinary student at a US-accredited veterinary school
  • Must be supportive of No Kill philosophies
  • Must complete a pre-externship questionnaire indicating the student’s goals for the externship, plans to work in or with shelters
    following graduation from veterinary school, and a planned externship expense budget
  • Must satisfactorily complete 10 working days in the Austin Humane Society externship program
  • Must complete a post-externship feedback survey to help AHS continue to improve the externship program and share the value of veterinary student training with our supporters

Students who are selected for the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Externship at AHS must provide travel expense receipts to Dr. Katie Luke, COO, (kluke@austinhumanesociety.org) within 30 days of the end of the externship and must complete all requirements above to receive reimbursement. Please allow up to 30 days to receive reimbursement once all requirements are completed.


Serving our community since 1952, the Austin Humane Society (AHS) is the longest standing no-kill shelter in Austin. AHS transforms the lives of animals and the people who love them through life-saving programs that find animals homes, serve animals and people in times of crisis, prevent future homelessness through spay and neuter, and engage the community to be a part of the solution. Over the past year, AHS has unleashed hope for over 11,000 animals thanks to the generosity of our donors.

The AHS adoption program is our core program going back to our inception in 1952. Over 5,400 animals enter our adoption program each year and receive preventative medical care, spay/neuter, microchipping, advanced medical care when needed, and behavioral modification when needed. Our robust foster care program supports around 2,500 of our most vulnerable animals each year, primarily neonates, patients in medical recovery, emergency foster placements, and animals in need of a shelter break. We promote foster to adopt and adoption ambassador options through this program. The AHS Community Cat Program began in 2007 and has spayed/neutered over 65,000 cats to date. This program is free to citizens of Travis County and includes targeted work in high intake zip codes in Austin and has demonstrated direct impact on the feline intake rates to the city shelter from these target zip codes. The Austin Humane Society also serves as an emergency pet shelter in times of natural and man-made disaster.

The Austin Humane Society veterinary student externship program exposes students to all aspects of our organization. Students rotate through all operational departments to gain a hands-on understanding of adoption, intake, foster care, TNR, volunteer services, emergency response, surgery, and shelter medicine. Externs spend much of their time with our two Shelter Veterinarians providing basic preventative care, performing physical exams, performing surgical procedures, developing treatment plans, discussing disease processes, pathway planning, providing advanced medical care, coordinating care with our veterinary partners, and ensuring that the ultimate goal is for all animals in our care to receive the highest quality of care possible while minimizing their length of stay in the shelter. AHS is committed to ensuring that our future veterinary colleagues have the opportunity to experience and learn high quality practices in shelter medicine and surgery, so they will be more likely to collaborate with or work in shelters after graduation.