Maddie's Pet Project

Governor Sandoval proclaims April 26 to be Maddie’s Day

Gov. Brian Sandoval has proclaimed April 26 to be Maddie’s Day at a ceremony at Nevada Humane Society in Reno.

The proclamation kicks off a two-day event starting Friday called Maddie's® Pet Adoption Days that features free cat and dog adoptions from shelters and rescue groups across the state.

The ceremony also features Dave Duffield, whose dog Maddie was born April 26. Maddie is the inspiration behind Maddie’s® Pet Project in Nevada, a new campaign aimed at creating a safety net for cats and dogs through increased pet adoptions and greater access to veterinary care in underserved areas.

Below is the proclamation the governor will read; it explains the reasons behind the day and its importance.

Maddie’s Day Proclamation – April 26, 2018

WHEREAS, the adoption of dogs and cats as companions has documented benefits for families and individuals of all ages,

WHEREAS, pet adoption from animal shelters saves the lives of homeless dogs and cats,

WHEREAS, the majority of Nevadans’ already know the pleasure and value of dogs and cats as pets and family members,

WHEREAS, Nevadan’s support over 120 non-profit animal shelters, rescue groups and other organizations dedicated to helping animals with donations and by volunteering their time,

WHEREAS, the Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation and Maddie’s Fund®, inspired by their love of a special dog named Maddie, have committed to invest $15 million over three years to improve the lives of dogs and cats in Nevada through their campaign, Maddie’s® Pet Project in Nevada,

WHEREAS, the generosity of the Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation will enable the State of Nevada to become a model for innovative lifesaving best practices in animal shelters and

WHEREAS, April 27 & 28, 2018 will be statewide Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days at shelters across Nevada enabling individuals to adopt a dog or cat free of charge while the shelter will receive $300 per adopted pet from Maddie’s Pet Project in Nevada,

WHEREAS, the beloved Duffield family dog, Maddie, who has inspired their tremendous generosity for animals, was born on April 26,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Brian Sandoval, Governor of Nevada do hereby proclaim April 26, 2018 to be named Maddie’s Day and I encourage Nevadans to volunteer, adopt a pet or become foster caregivers at your local animal shelter and celebrate the benefits of dogs and cats this day and throughout the year.

CAPTION: Maddie's Fund® founder Dave Duffield and Gov. Brian Sandoval pose with mascots Hope, Maddie, and Lucky at the proclamation ceremony for Maddie’s Day April 26 at Nevada Humane Society.