THE LITTLE DOG THAT MADE
THIS GRANT POSSIBLE
Maddie was a beloved Miniature Schnauzer whose unconditional love, devotion, loyalty and spirit inspired her guardians to start a charitable foundation, Maddie’s Fund®, in her name:
Dave and Cheryl Duffield fell in love with Maddie when she was only ten days old. “We held her in our arms, and loved her immediately,” says Dave. Over the course of their ten years together, Dave remembers one special day. Playing with Maddie, he picked her up and made the following promise: “If we ever make some money, I promise we will give it back to you and your kind so others can be as happy as we are today.”
Dave and Cheryl are fulfilling their promise to Maddie. They have endowed Maddie’s Fund with more than $300 million. The Duffields don’t want to make a big fuss over their personal contribution, but they do want to honor their beloved dog and the special bond they shared with her.
Animal lovers can understand this sentiment. More and more of us view our companion animals as family, giving them the same care and tenderness we provide our two-legged family members. Our pets enrich our lives with their unconditional devotion to us. They enhance our lives with their stability, love and companionship. The rewards of animal companionship are immeasurable.
Maddie inspired Dave and Cheryl to give generously to help save homeless pets in desperate need of love and care. Thanks to the dog with the indomitable spirit, shelter pets are afforded new opportunities to find compassionate homes in which they, too, may share in the joy, love and companionship that Dave and Cheryl enjoyed with Maddie.
On behalf of all sheltered dogs and cats, we give thanks to Maddie, whose spirit lives on through the lives her memorable gift has touched.
Grant Announcements: Angels With Paws has been awarded a grant from Maddie’s Fund® in the amount of $20,000. This will allow us to standardize our reporting structure, update our shelter software and better inform the community of out rescue efforts. These upgrades were made possible by the generous grant of Maddie’s Fund®