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  • Maddie’s Fund® Awards $330,000 Grant to the Friends of PACC

    Jul 12, 2019 | Read More News
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    Erin OlsenThree executive fellows have been chosen for the Maddie’s Fund® Executive Leader Fellowship grant. Maddie's Fund®, a national family foundation established by Dave and Cheryl Duffield to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals, awarded the grant to Friends of Pima Animal Care Center (PACC), the official nonprofit partner to the shelter. The Maddie's® Executive Leader Fellowship is an intensive professional opportunity for individuals committed to developing and strengthening their knowledge and skill sets in animal sheltering management and leadership.

    Fellows will serve one calendar year and will work for the Friends of PACC, but will report to the director of animal services at PACC and will receive a $70,000 salary, including full benefits. Fellows will also attend a number of professional development experiences, including national conferences.


    “We are delighted with the addition of PACC to our Maddie’s® Executive Leader Fellowship program,” said Lisa Ward, Director of Education at Maddie’s Fund. “PACC is a large government
    Emma Davenportshelter with great leadership and after this year-long fellowship, the Fellows will be well positioned to take on senior management positions and lead our nation in animal welfare.”

    The fellows will work at PACC in a leadership capacity, helping PACC achieve its mission and providing additional support to key PACC programs including cat, volunteer, and customer service programs. Through their study and work at PACC, they will develop the skills needed to eventually enter executive leadership roles at other large, high intake animal shelters. 

    “We are so excited to welcome three executive fellows to help us fulfill the shelter’s mission while learning to be leaders in animal welfare,” PACC Director Kristen Hassen-Auerbach said. “These fellows will help PACC in a multitude of ways while at the same time, developing as future leaders in the animal welfare movement, all thanks to Maddie.” 

    Around 150 applications were received for this opportunity from across the country. Three were chosen: Erin Olsen who works at the Best Friends Animal Society; Emma Davenport who Monica Danglercurrently manages a Humane Society in Minnesota; and Monica Dangler who is the Volunteer Manager at Austin Pets Alive! Their first official day at the PACC shelter will be July 29.  

    “These fellows will contribute to PACC’s success during their one-year assignment and ultimately, they will go out into other communities to save more lives. We are honored to be a part of this exciting project, and so thankful that Maddie’s Fund made it possible,” said Jennifer Camano, Executive Director at Friends of PACC. 

    Maddie’s Fund has been instrumental in helping PACC create its large-scale, high volume foster program, by providing a three-year grant to get it off the ground. In its first full year, PACC sent 5,080 pets to foster homes and achieved a 90% lifesaving rate.