Open Arms Challenge 2024

From Maddie's Fund

Maddie's Fund® is a family foundation established in 1994 by Dave and Cheryl Duffield and is the fulfillment of a promise to their inspirational dog, Maddie. The Foundation invests its resources in a commitment to keeping pets and people together, creating a safety net of care for animals in need, and operating within a culture of inclusiveness and humility.

Type of Support


For the entire month of April 2024, animal shelters, foster-based organizations and public charities are encouraged to create a new program or expand an existing one focused on keeping pets and people together. It is all about opening our hearts and minds to more accessible and inclusive practices, helping to keep pets with their people through Return to Home and Foster programs and so much more. Not only do we all hope to see innovative ways to increase community engagement with adoptions, foster recruitment, volunteer interest and safety net programs - there are also grant prizes available! The goal of this Challenge is to increase inclusivity and provide a welcoming environment for all staff (paid and unpaid) and community members; and keeping pets with people when possible. Most importantly, the practice(s) each organization decides to undertake should reflect a desire to intentionally connect with all areas of the community and a willingness to listen to what their community wants and needs.

This Challenge will invite animal shelters, foster-based organizations, and public charities focused on keeping pets and people together to create or expand programs in any of the following areas:

  • Processes are equitable and inclusive
  • Customer success is ensured through customer service
  • Marketing is inclusive of all areas of your community
  • Organization embraces an open and welcoming culture
  • Organization creates partnerships with other organizations
  • Other - an open and welcoming practice you’re already doing that’s not listed above


Organization's Location
Program Location
Organization Type
U.S.-based government agency or 501c3 public charities that focus on dogs and/or cats
Shelter, foster-based organizations or public charities that focus on keeping pets and people together
Members of Shelter Animals Count

Applicants must be current on Maddie’s Fund grant reporting for any prior grants.

not specified


You may submit applications every year.