Maddie’s Fund™ is a family foundation created in 1994 by Workday Co-Founder Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, to help create a no-kill nation. Dave and Cheryl endowed the Foundation with more than $300 million. Since then the Foundation has awarded more than $187 million in grants. Maddie’s Fund™ mission is to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals. You can read about the work that Maddie’s Fund™ does on its website here.
Thanks to Maddie’s Fund™ for their support and championing of animal welfare organizations, and for driving all organizations to be more transparent in reporting our statistics. As a proud recipient of grant support from Maddie’s Fund™ and a participant in the Million Cat Challenge and Shelter Animals Count, we are happy to share our statistics, which tell us where we have been, where we currently are, and where we want to go
2021 Year in Review
- We work to alleviate the suffering of stray, abandoned, unwanted, and feral cats in Santa Clara County.
- ~5000 cats came into our care during 2021, which includes adoptable cats as well as feral cats through TNR
- 295 cats went to loving homes
- 4700 feral cats were returned to their habitat after being spayed/neutered
- Live Release Rate ** 97%
**“Live Release Rate” is the number of live outcomes divided by the number of total outcomes. Town Cats is a no-kill organization, and we give every cat in our care the time and support they need to find a loving home. However, because we take in some very vulnerable and sick cats and kittens—including newborn orphaned kittens—some of the cats in our care do pass away or are humanely euthanized to end suffering due to incurable disease. Our live release rate is the number of adopted cats released to their feral colonies after being spayed/neutered or otherwise transferred out alive, divided by the number of cats adopted/transferred plus any cats who died or were euthanized in our care.
2018-2022 Strategic Plan
We created this plan originally in 2015 and then updated it in 2018.
Shelter Statistics – Asilomar Accords
The Asilomar Accords outline principles that guide animal welfare organizations to work together to save the lives of all healthy and treatable companion animals. The document aims to cut through the rhetoric of “no-kill” vs. “limited admission” vs. “open admission” shelters and to dispel the murkiness of what defines an adoptable animal. The animal sheltering world hasn’t always been clear or consistent when it comes to reporting results. Without the Asilomar Accords, definitions and reporting methods varied from group to group, making understanding of information difficult, if not impossible, across organizations.
By utilizing a standard language for their statistics, shelters and their supporters are able to easily and clearly track progress both at a specific shelter and across shelters nationwide.
For more information on the Asilomar Accords, please see Asilomar Accords Definitions.
Some of the following links cover all 6 shelters in Santa Clara County for easy reference, please see the separate Town Cats tab if applicable in a particular document to view Town Cats specific data.
Guidestar Gold Seal of Transparency
Our organization earned the 2022 Guidestar Gold Seal of Transparency, which demonstrates our commitment to sharing information about our work and to operating with the highest integrity. Check our our Guidestar page here.