The Maddie's Fund® mission is to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals. This charitable foundation helps fund projects and educates animal welfare organizations to further their work in saving the lives of cats and dogs. Maddie's Fund offers a tremendous wealth of information about relevant projects, programs and campaigns and provides highly informative reports. Maddie was the beloved dog of the founders Dave and Cheryl Duffield, who have endowed Maddie's Fund with more than $300 million and have spent $71.6 million through FY 2007-08 to save dog and cat lives. Since 1999, Maddie's Fund® has awarded animal welfare organizations and universities $96.2 million for their efforts toward animal welfare. Maddie's Fund also supports collaborative efforts in which entire cities and counties pool their talents and resources to build a safety net for the local community's dogs and cats. The foundation awards millions of dollars through multi-year grants to animal welfare coalitions to end the killing of healthy and treatable shelter dogs and cats community-wide. Maddie's Fund sponsors a vast array of innovative projects, including shelter medicine programs in veterinary colleges. We had a great time interviewing and learning from Rich Avanzino the President of Maddie's fund. We're excited to share with you his experiences, knowledge and projects in helping animals. Maddie's Fund, located in Alameda, California http://www.maddiesfund.org Founded in: 1999 Interviewee: Rich Avanzino / Interviewer: Rufino Cabang (packpeople) Please check out this highly interesting audio interview here: MADDIESFUNDInterview by packpeople Facebook: Maddie's Fund Twitter: @MaddiesFund Websites Rich would like to mention are: The Shelter Pet Project - www.shelterpetproject.org Best Friends Animal Society - www.bestfriends.org The Humane Society of the United States - www.humanesociety.org American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals - www.aspca.org University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine - www.vetmed.ufl.edu Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine - www.vetmed.iastate.edu Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine - www.vet.cornell.edu Please spread the word! If you liked the interview please share it with your community by clicking the facebook and twitter icons at the bottom of this article or feel free to leave a comment. Thank you!