In one year alone, Maddie's Fund awarded $11.4 million through 156 grants in 42 states and the District of Columbia. All around us, cities like Seattle, areas like North Kitsap, and other islands like Bainbridge Island have joined forces to get these funds by adopting the Asilomar Accords. Island County is lagging behind because no one here has adopted the Asilomar Accords, which is a nationally recognized and respected system of data collection that helps our nation find out what is really going on in terms of how many animals are being adopted from shelters, how many are being killed, and how we as a nation can do better. The funds are awarded to help build community collaborations where shelters and animal welfare organizations join together to develop effective models of lifesaving. Veterinary colleges can get involved, and all the community's resources are allowed to be part of solutions.
Every animal needs a champion. You can be champions for every homeless dog and cat in this region just by asking your next contractor to use the Asilomar Accords. Let citizens do the rest by bringing the talent, the commitment, and the funding here to make this a great place for animals and people to live together. Thank you.
For more information about the Asilomar Accords, please visit: http://www.asilomaraccords.org/
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