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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

No-Kill Leaders Among "45 People Who Changed the Dog World"

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Pleasanton, Calif., February 5, 2015 – From veterinarians and trainers to authors, venture philanthropists and scientists, they are the people who have made the lives of dogs better and happier.

In its March 2015 45th Anniversary Collectors’ Issue, Dog Fancy Magazine named 45 people they say changed the dog world, and Maddie's Fund® founders Dave and Cheryl Duffield and president Rich Avanzino were on the list for their efforts to make the U.S. a no-kill nation.

"We congratulate every single person on this list and are incredibly honored to be in such compassionate and talented company," said Avanzino. "Every one of these individuals has shown their dedication to making sure our canine family members are cherished, happy and loved."

Maddie's Fund's mission is to save the lives of every healthy and treatable dog and cat in the U.S. by the end of 2015, a goal that might sound daunting until you actually break down the numbers.

"Seventeen million people have indicated they are planning to acquire a pet this year but have not yet decided from where. Currently, there are 2.4 million cats and dogs who lose their lives each year because they don't have a home," said Rich "All we have to do to become a no-kill nation this year is to adopt just 10 additional pets per month in every city."

"Reaching that goal is not only possible, it's inevitable," Avanzino said. "The only question is when – and the answer is this year if we all pull together and make it happen."

Maddie's Fund was founded in 1994 by Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, who have endowed the Foundation with more than $300 million. Since then, they have awarded more than $153 million in grants towards increased community lifesaving, shelter medicine education and pet adoptions across the U.S.


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