Maddie’s update

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, November 2000:

Maddie’s Fund on September 21
awarded a start-up grant of $61,000 to the
Lodi Pet Saving Connection, a coalition
formed to achieve no-kill animal control in
Lodi, California, by the end of 2005. The nokill
rescue group Animal Friends Connection
heads the project, which also includes L o d i
Animal Services, all eight Lodi veterinary
hospitals, and four veterinary clinics in the surrounding
area. If the coalition meets each of
the neutering and adoption goals set by agreement
with Maddie’s, it will get $500,000 over
the next five years, during which it must cut
the number of dogs and cats killed in community
shelters by about 1,500.

Getting the No More Homeless Pets
project to make Utah a no-kill state underway,
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary chief veterinarian
Richard Allen on September 11 put The
Big Fix on the road––a 32-foot tractor/trailer
mobile neutering clinic believed to be the
biggest of its kind. Allen plans for the van and
staff of five to sterilize about 6,000 of the
21,000 dogs and cats who are to be fixed during
the first year of the project. The No More
Homeless Pets effort to increase adoptions,
already underway, picked up with a weekend
adoption fair on September 23-24 at one of the
Salt Lake City PETsMART stores. About 400
animals found homes during the fair, and the
promotional activities apparently boosted adoptions
at shelters throughout the Salt Lake City
area as well. No More Homeless Pets, if it
meets all targets, will get $8 million from
Maddie’s Fund over the next five years.
The Low-Income Cat Altering
P r o g r a m, begun by the California Veterinary
Medical Association and M a d d i e ’ s
Fund on August 15, offers free sterilization for
the cats of low-income Californians, with a
limit of three cats per household. Caregivers
may locate a participating veterinarian by calling
the CVMA at 1-800-655-2862, and must
demonstrate proof of financial need by presenting
a California Medi-Cal Card.

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