4.08.2010

introducing project maddie: “keeping people and pets together”

A few weeks ago, a war resister family was facing a serious financial crisis. They were in danger of losing their beloved Golden Retriever, Maddie, because they were unable to support her. I contacted Kim, who comments here as Dharma Seeker. Kim is part of an animal-rescue community and I thought she might know of some resources to help the family.

Kim immediately swung into action, making phone calls, sending emails, posting on Facebook. Within days, we had delivered a two-months' supply of quality dog food to Maddie's mom.

Little did I know that Kim has wanted to start a pet-food food bank for a long time. This experience gave her the impetus to start Project Maddie:
Project Maddie aims to help pet owners who are at risk of losing their pets due to sudden, short term financial instability. Project Maddie collects and distributes donated quality pet food to offer temporary relief to families that might otherwise have to sign a beloved companion over to an animal shelter.

Project Maddie will also offer ongoing, longer-term help to seniors who need assistance in order to keep their animals.

What a great idea, eh? Project Maddie's wish-list includes quality pet food, gas cards, gift cards for office supplies (like Staples or Grand & Toy), web design and volunteer drivers for food pick-up and delivery. And of course, cash donations are always welcome.

Visit Project Maddie here.

4 comments:

MSEH said...

Wonderful!!! What a great idea!!!

On a somewhat related note, did I tell you that for 9YO's birthday he had his guests bring donations for the Humane Society in lieu of gifts? I thought it was pretty cool that he did it. He even agreed that didn't need any more "plastic stuff." :-)

Chrystal Ocean said...

This is a wonderful idea and it needs to go Canada-wide. Have gone through my own trials, facing giving up Kiltie because I couldn't afford to maintain her in good health. Fortunately, my local SPCA was encouraging and supportive.

We also need a Supreme Court ruling on discrimination by landlords against people with pets. Each province has its own residential tenancy act. Ontario and I think a few other provinces no longer allow such discrimination. British Columbia and Alberta do.

L-girl said...

MSEH, that's very cool re 9YO. (9YO! I remember when he was 5YO!)

Chrystal, you're right, I so agree. Unfortunately landlords in Ontario still routinely discriminate against tenants with pets, and prospective tenants can do very little about it.

Project Maddie said...

Thank you so much for this post. I am not sure if anyone is subscribing to this thread but I've just posted BIG news on projectmaddie.blogspot.com