RACHAEL RAY 100K CHALLENGE 2014
Free Adoptions - June 1, 2014 through August 31, 2014
In addition to handling lost and abandoned animals, Alachua County Animal Services offers a wide range of services. You can view adoptable animals online and keep an eye out for that perfect pet from the comfort of your own home.
Animal Services Division * Phone:(352) 264-6870 * Fax: (352) 955-2542 * 3400 NE 53rd Ave, Gainesville, Florida 32609
Maddie was a beloved Miniature Schnauzer whose unconditional love, devotion, loyalty and spirit inspired her guardians to start a charitable foundation, Maddie's Fund®, in her name. Dave and Cheryl Duffield fell head-over-heels for Maddie when she was only ten days old. "We held her in our arms, and loved her immediately," says Dave. "Maddie melted our hearts from the first second we saw her," adds Cheryl, "with her sweet ways, her stubbornness, her independence, her intelligence, her spirit, and her devotion."
Dave, Cheryl and Maddie shared ten memorable and happy years together. Dave remembers one particularly good day during the formation of his company, PeopleSoft. Playing with Maddie, he picked her up and made the following promise: "If we ever make some money, I promise we will give it back to you and your kind so others can be as happy as we are today."
Dave and Cheryl are fulfilling their promise to Maddie. They have endowed Maddie's Fund with more than $300 million and have spent $118 million through FY 2011-12 to save dog and cat lives. In their lifetime, Dave and Cheryl have given more of their personal wealth to the animal welfare cause than any other individuals. And although they don't want to make a big fuss over their unprecedented contribution, they do want to honor their cherished companion and the special bond they shared with her.
Animal lovers can understand this sentiment. More and more of us view our companion animals as family, giving them the same care and tenderness we provide our two-legged family members. Our pets enrich our lives with their unconditional devotion to us. They enhance our lives with their stability, love and companionship. The rewards of animal companionship are immeasurable. Maddie inspired Dave and Cheryl to give generously to help save homeless pets in desperate need of love and care. Thanks to the dog with the indomitable spirit, shelter pets are afforded new opportunities to find compassionate homes in which they, too, may share in the joy, love and companionship that Dave and Cheryl enjoyed with Maddie.
On behalf of all sheltered dogs and cats, we give thanks to Maddie, whose spirit lives on through the lives her memorable gift has touched.
More information about Maddie, and Maddie's Fund, can be found at the Maddie's Fund website.
Rachael Ray 100K Challenge 2014
Save More Lives!
The $100K Challenge is a contest in which 50 shelters across the country compete to break their own records saving the lives of animals. Throughout the months of June, July and August 2014, each competing shelter must save more dogs, cats, puppies and kittens than they did during the same three months in 2013.
For the past four years, the $100K Challenge has helped shelters across the country energize their teams, rally their communities and blast through their previous records for saving lives. In the first year of the competition, competing shelters achieved an impressive increase of 7,362 more lives saved than same time/prior year. Since then, the numbers have been even better: 8,977 in 2011, 14,376 in 2012, and 12,050 in 2013. Increases for individual shelters range from a few animals to well over 1,000 more lives saved, with 40 shelters increasing lives saved by 300 or more in the last two contests.
In 2014, for the final year of the Challenge, 50 shelters will save even more lives, with winners earning $600,000 in prize grants, including a $100,000 grand prize for the shelter that increases lives saved the most. Qualified applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis beginning on January 6.
Alachua County Animals Services has been chosen as one of the 50 Challengers for this year! We are one out of ten challengers in our division, and one out of only three challengers in Florida.
More information on the Rachael Ray Challenge can be found here!