We are so excited to announce that Cassie Myers our Volunteer Coordinator is currently in Austin, TX at Austin Pets Alive! participating in the Maddie’s® Volunteer Dog Handling Program Apprenticeship Program. Maddie’s Fund awarded Prairie Paws Animal Shelter with a $1200 stipend to help cover travel costs and boarding for Cassie while she attends this week long apprenticeship.
Prairie Paws is looking to build a robust dog volunteer program to assist staff in daily dog care. This apprenticeship is developed to guide Cassie through designing and developing a dog volunteer training program to empower volunteers to be more involved in the daily care and enrichment for dogs in the shelter.
Maddie’s Fund® is a family foundation created in 1994 by Workday® co-founder Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, who have endowed the Foundation with more than $300 million. Since then, the Foundation has awarded more than $225.7 million in grants toward increased community lifesaving, shelter management leadership, shelter medicine education and foster care across the U.S. The Duffields named Maddie’s Fund after their Miniature Schnauzer Maddie, who always made them laugh and gave them much joy. Maddie was with Dave and Cheryl for ten years and continues to inspire them today.
Maddie’s Fund is the fulfillment of a promise to an inspirational dog, investing its resources to create a no-kill nation where every dog and cat is guaranteed a healthy home or habitat. #ThanksToMaddie.