The mission of Making a Difference Now, Inc. is to help homeless and abandoned animals, and the volunteers and organizations that serve them; to support other organizations with similar goals; and to advocate for animals everywhere.
MADN Board Members: Diane Parrish, President/Board Chair Sharon Stewart, Vice President Erin Stevenson, Secretary Judy Sellars, Treasurer Elizabeth Adams Mark Campbell Dave Cooper Ruth Hufnagle Michelle Jude, DVM Nancy Wolsk
These three kittens were rescued from a community cat colony, spayed/neutered, fostered and socialized, and adopted into loving homes. The adults in their colony were spayed/neutered and returned to their colony to live out their lives in their outdoor home without producing any more homeless kittens.
MADN Short-term Goals Best Friends Animal Society estimates that 1.5 million healthy cats and dogs are put to death in shelters every year simply because there are no homes for them. That is 4,100 healthy cats and dogs every single day! Countless millions more face lives of hardship on the streets, suffer at the hands of abusive individuals, or are abandoned by their humans.
These animals need immediate help right now, including:
Low cost spay/neuter
Caretaking teams for community cat colonies
Shelters and feeding stations
Help with medical bills
Foster and permanent placements
Training and support for other organizations and individuals working to save animals, too
MADNhelps with all these crucial immediate needs. MADN Long-term Goals We also address the long-term needs required topermanently solve these problems using:
Public education and awareness building for adults and children
Spay/neuter for all companion animals
Adoption from shelters and rescue organizations to reduce pet overpopulation and the horrors of puppy mills
Stronger laws regarding animal welfare, cruelty, and exotic animals
Responsible pet ownership - pets are faithful companions who are loyal to their humans and deserve a lifelong commitment in return
More volunteers involved in animal welfare services and advocacy
Fewer homeless and abandoned animals and lower euthanasia rates at shelters and animal control organizations
MADN DATA MATRIX As an animal welfare/rescue organization rather than a shelter, MADN does not match the Basic Data Matrix used by Shelter Animals Count very well. In particular, MADN's work to provide training and support for other individuals/organizations and TNR for community cats is not captured in this system. Nevertheless, we believe it is important to use the matrix where possible to promote comparability and compatibility with Shelter Animals Count data, so the matrix we include below is a modification that attempts to be true to the Shelter Animals Count concept while capturing more of our work.
MADN ANIMAL COUNTS DATA MATRIX
MADN Estimates of Shelter Animals Count Data Matrix Notes:
MADN wholeheartedly supports Shelter Animals Count efforts to create a national database of animals in our nation’s shelters.
Like many small nonprofits, especially volunteer-only nonprofits, MADN has not done a great job collecting data. In many instances we have not noted the number of cats in colonies, or the number of kittens rescued with their moms, or the number of puppies rescued from a parking lot, and so forth.
Because we try to improve every year, our data collection and reporting systems may vary from year to year. Last year we decided to try to estimate the number of kittens and puppies where possible, so we added that information to our matrix for 2016. Because it is often very difficult for us to decide whether the cats we TNR are younger than 5 months, we elected to use this criterion: We will indicate that an animal is a puppy or a kitten when it is clear to a lay observer that the animal is younger than 5 months. As a result, our numbers of kittens/puppies will likely be consistently understated.
We thought our earlier matrix did not capture some of our work very well, so we created two new categories in 2016: Assistance to Caretakers (Community Cat Colony caretakers generally) and Direct Colony Care. There is some overlap among our categories and we will continue to refine them.
Our matrix data approximates the Shelter Animals Count official matrix. Totals may not match for various reasons; community cat may be TNRd and then adopted later, for example.
This chart does not include requests to help animals other than cats and dogs.
Numbers are approximations and are likely underestimates in all categories.
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