Ending the year with Thanks to Maddie!

As 2016 comes to an end, all of us at the Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida would like to recognize Maddie’s Fund® for their generous support of our Program, and for their visionary commitment to the power of shelter medicine to save lives.

Who was Maddie, and how did she inspire their incredible generosity? From their website:

Maddie was a beloved Miniature Schnauzer whose unconditional love, devotion, loyalty and spirit inspired a revolution, and the formation of a charitable foundation, Maddie’s Fund, in her honor.


Dave and Cheryl Duffield founded Maddie’s Fund to honor their sweet yet feisty and spirited dog. It was the fulfillment of a promise made to Maddie while playing together on the living room rug, that if they ever had any money, they would give back to her and her kind, so that other families could experience the immense joy they have with her. And the rest, as they say, is history.

It’s a history that is helping us transform animal sheltering forever, #ThanksToMaddie!