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We are thrilled to announce receipt of a $50,000 grant from Maddie’s Fund®, a national family foundation established by Dave and Cheryl Duffield to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals. ASI will partner with My Dog is My Home to evaluate and identify best practices in “co-sheltering” of people and their companion animals. The lack of animal-friendly policies and practices in many shelters means people experiencing homelessness are often asked to choose between their companion animals and a warm, safe place to stay. The evaluation will inform development of animal-friendly policies and practices in homeless shelters nationwide, reducing the likelihood that animals will be relinquished simply because their caregivers are experiencing a period of homelessness. We believe this project has the potential to fundamentally transform the way homeless services are provided to people and the animals they love.

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