MF_logo_fund_sm_big"About Maddies Fund®"

Maddie’s Fund®, The Pet Rescue Foundation (, is a family foundation funded by PeopleSoft Founder, Dave Duffield, and his wife, Cheryl, to help create a no-kill nation. The first step is to help develop programs that guarantee loving homes for all healthy shelter dogs and cats throughout the country. The next step will be to save sick and injured pets in animal shelters nationwide.

Maddie’s Fund is named after the Duffield’s beloved Miniature Schnauzer. The foundation makes good on a promise the family made to Maddie to give back to her kind in dollars that which Maddie gave to them in friendship and love. Maddie passed away in 1997, but thanks to this one little dog, abandoned shelter dogs and cats have new opportunities to find loving homes in which they, too, may share in the joy, love and companionship that Dave and Cheryl enjoyed with Maddie.

"About Maddie"

Maddie was a beloved Miniature Schnauzer whose unconditional love, devotion, loyalty and spirit inspired her caregivers to start a charitable foundation, Maddie’s Fund®, in her name. The Maddie’s Fund mission and purpose is to help the nation’s most needy dogs and cats: Dogs and cats who, for one reason or another, have ended up in our animal shelters-homeless, desperate, hoping for a new loving home--and running out of time...

Dave and Cheryl Duffield fell in love with 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. "We loved 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, years filled with walks in the woods, trips to the beach, and good times at home. 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 spent $54 million so far to save dog and cat lives, and have personally given more of their personal wealth to the animal welfare cause than any other individuals--ever. Dave and Cheryl don't want to make a big fuss about their unprecedented personal contribution. But, they do want to honor their beloved dog 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 love we provide our two-legged family members. Our pets enrich our lives with their unconditional devotion to us. They enhance our lives by being a source of stability, love and companionship. The rewards of animal companionship are immeasurable.

The love Dave and Cheryl shared with Maddie inspired them to give generously to help save homeless, abandoned shelter pets in desperate need of love and care. Thanks to Maddie, the dog with the indomitable spirit, these special animals are afforded new opportunities to find loving 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.

For updates on Maddie’s Fund and its funded partners, sign up for Maddie’s free monthly e-newsletter at Maddie's Fund News

"Maddies Project in Baldwin County"

The Haven serves as lead agency for the Maddies® Pet Rescue Project in Baldwin County, thanks to the bountiful grant from Maddies_Fund®_the_Pet_Rescue_Foundation, a family foundation funded by Workday and PeopleSoft Founder Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl.  Maddie's Fund is helping to create a no-kill nation where all healthy and treatable shelter dogs and cats are guaranteed a loving home.  Maddie's Fund is named after the family's beloved Miniature Schnauzer.

The goal for this project is to find good forever homes for every healthy and treatable cat and dog in Baldwin County.

This collabrative project involves four animal control shelters and two 501 (c) 3 non-profit adoption guarantee agencies.MF_logo_fund_sm_big

  • The Haven - Adoption Guarantee Agency
  • North Baldwin Animal Shelter - Adoption Guarantee Agency
  • Baldwin County Animal Shelter - Animal Control Shelter
  • Bay Minetee Animal Shelter - Animal Control Shelter
  • Daphne Animal Shelter - Animal Control Shelter
  • Fairhope Animal Shelter - Animal Control Shelter

In order to acheive our goal, the partners will continue transferring animals out of shelters into non-profit rescue agencies and placing them into homes. With the added capacity of the North Baldwin Shelter, the coalition will strive to fully eliminate euthanasia of healthy animals in our county this year.


Maddies_2010Each particpating partner listed above will continue to focus on its own mission, while collaborating to create strategies and new creative ideas on reducing euthanasia in our community.


The coalition hopes to apply for additional funding after this fifth year to focus on animals that have minor health and behavior issues and require more resources to save. Moving forward in this way, the coalition hopes to one day see a Baldwin County where no animal is euthanized due to lack of space or resources


For more information about Maddies Pet Rescue Project in Baldwin County, please call 251-928-4888.


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Photo caption: From right to left: Haven executive director Michael Graham, Maddie’s project coordinator Casey Reynolds, Daphne animal control officer Rhonda Jones, North Baldwin Animal Shelter volunteer coordinator Judy Wilkins, Bay Minette animal control officer Gina Ramer, Baldwin County Animal Control director Charlotte Plumb, rescue agents Amy Boddie and James Pennington and Fairhope animal control officer Jerry Merchant