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Posted on: September 18, 2018

Thanks to Maddie, Altus Awarded $10,000 Grant

Maddie's Fund®, a Pleasanton, CA-based national family foundation, has awarded $5,000 each to the City of Altus and Altus Animal Welfare Association (AAWA). This combined $10,000 innovative partnership grant will be used to fund a director for the new S.H.A.P.E. (Shelter Health And Pet Enrichment) Program which aims to provide enrichment activities for Altus Animal Shelter animals in an effort to improve their chances of being adopted and less likely to be returned.

The city-operated Altus Animal Shelter struggles to adopt out all the animals entering the shelter as strays or owner-surrendered pets. The grant-funded S.H.A.P.E. director will be able to check on animals health after spay/neuter surgery, socialize both cats and dogs and do basic command training for dogs with the goal of creating ‘highly desirable’ adoptable dogs and cats and more adoptions at the Altus Shelter.

Christi Detwiler, AAWA President said, “This grant makes it possible to hire someone that can be completely focused on quality of life and enrichment for animals at the shelter. We look forward to partnering with the City of Altus on this pilot program that is specifically targeted to increase local adoptions and create interactive volunteer opportunities for animal lovers at the Altus Animal Shelter.”

Assistant City Manager, Matt Wojnowski stated, “Altus is privileged to have such valuable partners as AAWA and Maddie’s Fund to support the health and welfare of our shelter animals. It’s a great opportunity and benefit to shelter pets and even more so to those who adopt from the Altus Animal Shelter.”

About Maddie’s Fund
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 $187.8 million in grants toward increased community lifesaving, shelter medicine education, and pet adoptions across the U.S.

The Duffield’s named Maddie's Fund after their Miniature Schnauzer Maddie, who always made them laugh and gave them great joy. Maddie was with Dave and Cheryl from 1987 – 1997 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.

About AAWA
The Altus Animal Welfare Association is a local non-profit organization established in 2016 by a group of Altus citizens who saw a need for animal welfare reform in Altus. Through their efforts over $105,000 in grant money has been secured this past year to help improve the animal welfare landscape in our area. For more information visit altusanimalwelfare.org

About Altus Animal Shelter
Altus Animal Control hopes that all animals have a safe and loving home. For those animals that arrive at the shelter, we will do our best to take care of them and help them find a new loving home. For more information visit facebook.com/AltusAnimalShelter or visit the Altus Animal Shelter at 2200 Enterprise Drive to meet the pets available for adoption. They can also be viewed online at altusok.gov/animals.

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