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The Maddie's Home for the Holidays adopt-a-thon will take place behind the Oaks Mall December 1 st & 2nd. Hundreds of Alachua County's cutest animals will be there along with dog trainers, veterinarians, Operation Catnip, and goodies for sale to benefit animals of Alachua County. If you don't have an animal, come adopt one! If you already have an animal, come adopt a companion!

The event is sponsored by Maddie's Pet Rescue Project of Alachua County and its six partners; Alachua County Humane Society (Lead Agency), Alachua County Animal Services, Puppy Hill Farms Pet Rescue, Helping Hands Pet Rescue, Haile's Angels Pet Rescue, and Gainesville Pet Rescue.

We would like to thank the Oaks Mall for generously providing this space free of charge.
Maddie's Pet Rescue Project of Alachua County is a community collaboration of pet rescue organizations throughout Alachua County who are devoted to finding homes for homeless dogs and cats in Alachua County . The project is working to end the euthanasia of treatable, healthy, and adoptable pets by 2011.

If you would like to volunteer at this event, please download a volunteer application and submit it to us!


New Adoption Record!

The partners of Maddie’s Pet Rescue Project of Alachua County are proud to announce that we placed a record number of animals at our Home for the Holidays 2005 adopt-a-thon event. Over 167 animals found loving homes during this event. The partners bundled up our four-legged friends and braved the cool temperatures; the festive mood warmed everyone up nicely!
We would like to thank everyone who cam out in support of our communities animals!
We would also like to thank the Oaks Mall for generously providing the South Lawn for our event free of charge.


'Home For The Holidays' 2004 Was A Huge Success!

Maddie’s Pet Rescue Project of Alachua County wants to thank all those wonderful folks who helped ‘Home for the Holidays” break new records in number of adoptions in two days. From the volunteers who helped our Partners find new homes, to the great folks who came out to look for a new pet, it was an wonderful effort with the final results that a record number of 134 pets found new homes during the event!

The Oaks Mall South Lawn was the perfect setting for families to introduce themselves to new pets. It was the perfect place to get out of the hustle and bustle of the Holiday Shopping Season. Many great stories came out of the efforts of our Partners.

“Ask A Vet,” sponsored by the Alachua County Veterinary Medical Association, was a big hit offering sage wisdom from many of our local vets to new ‘parents’ with an introduction into good pet adoption strategies. Information about fostering, adopting, and other programs such as the Spay/Neuter programs were available to all who visited.

We would like to thank Hungry Howie’s Pizza and Alachua County Veterinary Medical Association for their contributions to help make this event a success!


Smitten With Kittens

Gainesville, FL - June 7, 2004

It’s summertime and that means it is time for lemonade and picnics and kittens. Kitten season begins in May, peaking during the summer. In an effort to find homes for all these new kittens Maddie’s Pet Rescue Project of Alachua County is hosting Smitten with Kittens, the largest all cat adopt-a-thon ever, on Saturday, June 26th from 9am – 4pm at the Alachua County Animal Services facility.

The adopt-a-thon will bring together over 100 kittens and cats from the animal shelter, Alachua County Humane Society, Gainesville Pet Rescue, Haile’s Angels, Helping Hands Animal Rescue and Puppy Hill Farm.

The adopt-a-thon will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of Alachua County Animal Services, 3400 NE 53rd Avenue.

In addition to the menagerie of cats available from all 6 groups, the Alachua County Library District’s Bookmobile will be on-site with books regarding pets and pet care and will also be hosting a story time corner for the children. Children will be treated to a live appearance by the Cat in the Hat from 11am – 2pm and face painting and balloon animals all day. The American Red Cross will provide demonstrations every hour of pet first aid and CPR and sign-up the community for their next training.

There will also be opportunities to ask the vet about veterinarian care for your pets, ask the trainer about animal training issues and ask the groomer about grooming issues, pet micro-chipping, and meet the county animal control officers.

Maddie’s Pet Rescue Project of Alachua County is a community collaboration to end the killing of healthy shelter dogs and cats in the city of Gainesville and surrounding Alachua County, Florida by June 30, 2006.

In 2000, Gainesville’s rescue and animal control facilities impounded 11,461 dogs and cats; 8,062 were killed. Of those, approximately 3,664 were healthy and adoptable. The euthanasia of these pets averaged over 300 a month. In the Shelter’s March 2004 monthly report, 14 healthy adoptable animals were euthanized there, in comparison with 157 last June and 247 in a comparable month in 2002. It is just the beginning of a remarkable downward trend, and is proof that the Maddie’s Pet Rescue Project of Alachua County and its partners are making great strives to reach their ultimate goal of a being a “no-kill” community.

The Maddie’s Pet Rescue Project of Alachua County is made possible through a generous grant from the Maddie’s Fund, a family foundation endowed through the generosity of Cheryl and Dave Duffield, PeopleSoft Founder and Board Chairman. The purpose of the foundation is to provide financial assistance to community partners in order to create a no-kill nation.


Home For The Holidays 2003

Mix arts and crafts, music, holiday games and entertainment, and add hundreds of adoptable cats and dogs. Put it all on 20,000 square feet, under two tents behind Burdines in the Oaks Mall parking lot, and you can only be talking about one thing – the annual Home for the Holidays event sponsored by Maddie’s Pet Rescue Project in Alachua County.

This year, Home for the Holidays will take place on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 7 from noon to 5 p.m.

This is the perfect time of year to consider adopting a dog or cat, said Alachua County Humane Society Executive Director Robert Grant. “This is the time of year when people think about family, said Grant. “When someone adopts a dog or cat, they are making a decision to add to their family. Pets are a friend for life.”

Another reason why this is the right time of year to consider adopting a pet is the transition and adjustment period. Pet experts suggest that it take about two weeks for a pet to become familiar and comfortable with new surroundings. Since many people take time off around the holidays, and in many cases stay home, it creates a much better adjustment period.

That’s part of the reason why Home for the Holidays has been so successful. Historically, people add pets to their families during the holidays more than any other time of the year, and more importantly, there are a greater percentage of successful adoptions this time of year as well.

The local Home for the Holidays event will include Santa, elves and photo opportunities with newly adopted pets. There will also be a children’s craft area where frames can be made to hold those photos. A consulting veterinarian will be available courtesy of the Alachua County Veterinary Association. And the University United Methodist Church’s Maranatha Choir will perform Saturday from noon to 1 p.m.

So if you are giving any thought to adding a dog or cat to your family this holiday season, Home for the Holidays is the place to go.

Maddies Pet Rescue of Alachua

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