Recently I attended a conference where a fellow attendee joked that I live on Alcatraz for animals because, “You don’t have any model programs in place.”
His region qualified for Maddie’s Funds after adopting the Asilomar Accords, a nationally recognized system of animal data reporting. “Since 1999, Maddie’s Fund has awarded animal welfare organizations and universities $118 million to save animal lives,” according to their site. But no one qualifies without adopting the Asilomar Accords and developing formal collaborations among shelters, rescues, government entities, and the veterinary community in a defined region.
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