It is no secret that I am an avid animal lover and by far the most satisfying part of my life right now is volunteering with the local animal shelter and a local cat rescue group. My day job is rather unfulfilling but I love helping animals feel loved and finding their forever homes.
This past weekend, I had the privilege of being involved in a nationwide adoptathon hosted by the good folks at Maddie’s Fund, a foundation named after a sweet little schnauzer named Maddie who passed away in 1997. The foundation was started by Dave Duffield, a former software company CEO, and his wife Cheryl to honor Maddie by helping homeless pets and supporting the no-kill movement. Participating shelters across the country were awarded donations ranging from $500-$2000 by Maddie’s Fund for each animal adopted on June 1st and 2nd. All adoption fees were waived to those adopting the animals.
It brought me great joy to be involved in the adoptathon. It felt so amazing to see so many animals go home with their new families. The shelter I volunteer at adopted out 65 dogs and 45 cats and raised nearly $70,000 thanks to the great people at Maddie’s. The cat rescue I volunteer for adopted out 17 cats. Across the country, over 6,500 animals were adopted in just 2 days. Amazing!
The second best part of all of this (the first was seeing so many wonderful furry friends go to their new homes!!) was that this restored my faith that good people still exist. Not just the people who came into adopt, or the good people who volunteered alongside me to help these great animals find homes. But also the 2 people who made this all possible – Dave and Cheryl. Two billionaires who could just as easily spend the summer on their yacht and only concern themselves with buying fancy stuff and counting their own money. But they don’t. They put their money where their mouths are and actually make a difference in the world. These amazing people instead choose to use their money and power for good, which is something I admire so much that it made me tear up just thinking about it. They even stopped in the shelter…both beaming from ear to ear… and thanked us all volunteers for our hard work. They singlehandedly helped me believe that the world can be a better place if everyone chips in and does their part. You don’t have to be a billionaire to make a difference. You just have to want to…and do something, no matter how small, to make the world a better place.
Check out Maddie’s Fund for more info!