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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 the last 5 years:

  • 21,021 – number of animals that have been saved by the Austin Humane Society
  • 426,372 – the number of hours our shelter volunteers have generously donated
  • 7,595 – the number of animals that have received specialized care from our loving foster families
  • And, over 50,000 cats have been part of our Feral Cat program since the program’s inception in 2007. This targeted spay/neuter program has a direct impact on preventing further animal homelessness.

For 2015, our live release rate was 98%. To review our full Animal Statistics Tables, please click below:

2015 Animal Statistics Table