Local Alliance for Homeless Animals to Receive Award

Photo: A 4-month-old greyhound mix looks through her cage at the Berkeley East-Bay Humane Society
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A 4-month-old greyhound mix looks through her cage at the Berkeley East-Bay Humane Society

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The Berkeley Alliance for Homeless Animals Coalition will receive a $474,000 award on April 23 for maintaining a high level of adoption rates for cats and dogs.

The Maddie's Fund Lifesaving Award, created by a couple in memory of their dog, was based on the number of cat and dog adoptions in 2007, according to Katherine S. O'Donnell, director of development and communications for the Berkeley East Bay Humane Society.

The funds will be divided among three members of the coalition. Berkeley East Bay Humane Society will receive $200,240, Berkeley Animal Care Services will be given $176,320 and Home At Last Animal Rescue will get $97,440, said Traude Buckland, treasurer for Home At Last.

Maddie's President Richard Avanzino said the award to the coalition is long-deserved.

"(The) Berkeley coalition first achieved superior status (in terms of adoption) in 2002 and they have maintained it for the past six years," Avanzino said. "They've operated under the radar in the Bay Area shelter community. Now it's time for (the coalition) to get the recognition it so richly deserves."

The coalition is the third in the nation and the first in California to receive the award, Buckland said.

The coalition's three organizations will apply the grant money toward a new shelter and their own existing programs, according to O'Donnell.

"All coalitions work on providing a community to help homeless animals," she said.

Contact Christina Berke at [email protected]

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