The generous 2015 grant from Maddie's Fund is helping us save more lives. A Huge Thank You to Maddie's Fund!
In early 2016, we received a grant from Maddie's Fund®, whose mission is to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals. The grant is being used to overhaul our volunteer program with a goal to increase the number of volunteers and train them to help in many ways so that we ultimately can save more animals. The role that volunteers play is critical to our operation. Volunteers augment our staff and they bring diversity to our skill base.
This grant is enabling us to formalize our volunteer program; provide improved orientation classes that focus on specific tasks; help get volunteers started once they complete the training so they can begin contributing immediately; and expand our ability to find more skilled volunteers to help with additional tasks that require specific skills. Some examples of how improving our volunteer program will help include:
As a result of initiating the overhaul of our volunteer program in February/March, we've already seen progress and anticipate even more progress as time goes on.
- More volunteers to help us with doing more offsite events will enable us to introduce the animals to the public outside a shelter environment, and increase their chances at adoption.
- Growing the number of trained volunteers in our Improving Adoptability dog program will help us rehabilitate more dogs and increase their chances at adoption.
- Increasing the number of volunteers who run fundraisers will help bring in more funds to our organization, which will aide us in caring for more animals.
Two generous grants from Maddie's Fund ® are helping to rehabilitate animals. A huge thank you to Maddie's Fund, whose mission is to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals.
- Created a new volunteer role called a "Greeter", a volunteer to help welcome and direct adopters on the weekends as they arrive at Pets Alive. We now have several Greeters helping on weekends.
- Developed various volunteer orientation classes so they are more targeted at the task at hand. We held the first round of these new classes in March and continue them on once or twice a month. We're already seen an increase in new people helping at our sanctuary.
- Offered loose leash classes to help our dog walker volunteers. A Basic and Intermediate class was held in March and were well attended. This will will enable the volunteers to better handle the Pets Alive dogs and prepare them for adoption.
- Expanded our Improving Adoptability program to help train dogs to increase their changes of adoption.
- Created "Kitty Finishing School" to help our semi-feral cat population become less timid so they become more adoptable.
- Continued offsite adoption events
- We procured a volunteer database with grant money that will help with tracking volunteer tasks and hours, and make it easier for volunteers to sign up for volunteer opportunities once it's fully deployed.
The first grant is being used to rehabilitate dogs that were from the former Central Westchester Humane Society / dba Pets Alive Westchester facility in Elmsford, NY that closed in September, 2015. The dogs that remain at Pets Alive's facility in Middletown, NY will undergo extensive rehabilitation training as a result of this grant and we will use grant money to create a suitable environment that will help their rehabilitation and chances at adoption.
We initiated this project by bringing in a rehabilitation veterinarian in the latter part of 2016 to evaluate the first group of dogs in the rehabilitation program. An individualized training plan was created for each dog that was evaluated and trainers from Pets Alive are working with the dogs to help with their rehabilitation. Additionally, we will procure a customized shed that will be fitted to mirror a living room. Many of these dogs have never been in a home or have been in a shelter environment for many years and need to learn how to live in a home. The "home shed" will be used as part of the rehabilitation training program.
The program has already been a success. One of the dogs, Marlo, one of the dogs in the early part of the program, found his forever home in January 2017!
Pictured below are pictures of Marlo with his new mom as he was leaving Pets Alive and a picture of Marlo in his new home with his new best friends!
Pictured here are new volunteers in one of the Barn Buddies orientation classes and a picture of Hoss, who was adopted as a result of being met at an offsite adoption event at a local Flea Market.
Additional information about volunteer opportunities at Pets Alive can be found on our volunteer page.
Reference the 2016 Annual Animal Statistics Table.
More about Maddie's Fund®
Maddie's Fund® is a family foundation started 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 $172 million in grants toward increased community lifesaving, shelter medicine education, and pet adoptions 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.