Maddie's Pet Project

$2.5m given to 52 animal groups in Maddie’s Pet Project’s first year

As we approach one year since the Maddie's® Pet Project in Nevada campaign launched, we wanted to share some of what we’ve done so far in collaboration with existing shelters, rescue groups, and other animal supporters to help cats and dogs in the Silver State.

It was April 26, 2018, when then-Gov. Brian Sandoval declared Maddie’s Day and the three-year campaign officially began. Since then, a lot has happened.

• $2.5 million: We’ve issued grants totaling just over $2.5 million directly to 52 animal organizations across Nevada – 34 to facilitate the collection and sharing of data, and 18 to do that as well as increase lifesaving capacity.

• 42 groups, 16 towns, 3 tribal areas: These grants were the result of much groundwork. We visited 42 groups including nonprofit shelters, animal control departments, rescue groups, spay/neuter clinics, full-service veterinary clinics, local governments, and Indian tribes to meet the leadership and observe their situations first hand. Our team members traveled to 16 towns and 3 tribal communities in Clark County and along Interstate 80 to better understand their needs and the needs of cats and dogs in each locale. We then worked with groups to help them define how they could best increase their lifesaving capacity and how our campaign could best support them, whether through grants or by setting up consultations with subject matter experts about everything from fundraising to vaccinations.

• 2,628 adoptions: We organized two Maddie's® Pet Adoption Days events where we reimbursed organizations $300 for each cat or dog they adopted to help cover their costs so they could offer free adoptions to the public. These events helped find homes for 2,628 dogs and cats across the state. A total of $790,400 was awarded to Nevada groups.

• 334 spays/neuters: We organized free spay/neuter clinics in three communities (two tribal, one rural), spaying or neutering and vaccinating 334 dogs and cats. Since these events, we’ve coordinated multiple additional spay/neuter efforts where groups have used what they learned at these initial events to establish and strengthen their own programs.

• 18 animal transports: Our team directly planned and coordinated 18 transports, moving 289 dogs and cats from shelters where they were at risk to shelters that could place them into adoptive homes. We also helped build relationships between the originating and destination organizations so they can continue these transports as needed.

• Educating leaders: We hosted two Maddie's® Saving Nevada’s Pets statewide conferences, bringing nationally recognized experts to Nevada to share their insights with local groups while providing networking opportunities among Nevada animal welfare organizations. A total of 147 individuals attended one or both conferences, and 65 organizations have attended one or both conferences. We also provided 35 scholarships so that Nevada animal welfare leaders could afford to travel to our two conferences. And we provided 15 scholarships to national animal welfare conferences for management and board members.

• Training seminars: We hosted animal behavior, stress reduction and enrichment seminars in four communities around the state, reaching 151 individuals with this training from a nationally recognized animal behaviorist.

This is just a partial look at our first year, and we look forward to the next 12 months of working with the state’s diverse and vibrant animal groups to create a true safety net for Nevada’s cats and dogs.

All of this is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Nevada-based Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation with the support of Maddie's Fund®. #ThanksToMaddie!

CAPTION: Our team and spay/neuter clinic consultant Amber Sitko work with folks from Loving Care Animal Society in Panaca to create a place for low-cost veterinary care in rural southern Nevada.