Dog and cat adoptions free during Maddie's Pet Adoption Days

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Shelly Birkelo
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

JANESVILLE--Local humane societies, shelters and rescues will offer free adoptions this weekend as part of Maddie's Free Pet Adoption Days, the biggest pet adoption event in America.

Maddie's Fund earmarked $10 million for participating organizations nationally, donating up to $2,000 per adopted dog or cat.

About 8,500 dogs and cats found homes nationwide last year during the adoption days. They included 263 adoptions through the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin, Friends of Noah, Dane County Humane Society, Dane County Friends of Ferals and Angel's Wish. The event raised $238,000 to help animals in the communities these programs serve.

Maddie's Pet Adoption Days are held in honor of a miniature schnauzer named Maddie, said Lois Corwin of Friends of Noah, an all-volunteer Wisconsin dog, cat and rabbit rescue organization in Janesville.

"Maddie's love, devotion, loyalty and spirit inspired her caregivers to start a charitable foundation in her name," she said.

The event is designed to raise money for shelters throughout the United States, said Brett Frazier, executive director of the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin in Janesville.

For every animal younger than 7 years old, Maddie's Fund will donate $500. For every pet older than 7, it will contribute $1,000, and for older animals with medical issues, the fund pays $2,000 per animal to participating shelters and rescues, he said.

"This is a great way to celebrate National Pet Month, promote adoptions and connect both cats and dogs to loving families," Frazier said.

"These funds will help us pay for veterinary bills and supplies needed to help more pets go home," he said.

Frazier said the humane society in Janesville helps every pet as best it can with the goal of getting the animal into a safe and loving home as quickly as possible.

“Pets don't belong in a shelter," he said. "They belong at home.”

Corwin agreed: “It's about getting an animal into the right home. No adoption fee through Maddie's subsidized fund once a year helps that.”

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