With gratitude to Maddie’s Fund® for the establishment of the Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine to enhance the health and welfare of homeless animals through education, innovation, and advancement of the life-saving goals of sheltering programs. A bright future for sheltered animals depends on new generations of veterinarians with specialized knowledge and skills to keep shelter pets healthy and treat those who are sick and injured.
The Maddie’s Fund® mission is to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals.
Maddie’s Fund is a family foundation founded in 1994 by Workday® co-founder Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, who have endowed the Foundation with more than $300 million. Since then, they have awarded more than $200 million in grants toward increased community lifesaving, shelter management leadership, shelter medicine education and foster care across the U.S.
The Duffields named Maddie’s Fund after their Miniature Schnauzer Maddie, who always made them laugh and comforted them during stressful business times when Dave was launching a startup software company. Maddie was with Dave and Cheryl from 1987–1997 and continues to inspire them today.
Maddie’s Fund is the fulfillment of a promise to an inspirational dog and the creation of a goal towards achieving a no-kill nation where all healthy and treatable shelter dogs and cats are guaranteed a loving home. #ThanksToMaddie