When Dave Duffield started a software company named People Soft, he promised his beloved Miniature Schnauzer named Maddie, “If we ever make some money, I promise we will give it back to you and your kind so others can be as happy as we are today.”
Well, People Soft did make money and Maddie enjoyed ten happy years with Dave and his wife, Cheryl. They endowed Maddie’s Fund with more than US$300 million and have spent nearly US$136 million through FY2012-13 to save the lives of homeless animals.
Maddie’s Fund has a simple mission: To revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals.
The fund supports a range of activities through grants and also organizes special pet adoption events.
Not a bad legacy for a little Schnauzer!