Maddie’s Fund awards grants to Cornell Vet and SPCA docs

Two veterinarians from Cornell University’s shelter medicine program are among the recipients of $150,000 in grants from Maddie’s Fund, a national foundation that helps companion animals. Dr. Jan Scarlett and Dr. Elizabeth Berliner are both Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine faculty members.

Maddie’s Fund leader Amy Zeifang says the significance of the April 26 “announcement date is profound.” It would have been the 30th birthday of Maddie, the miniature schnauzer of Dave and Cheryl Duffield, who founded Maddie’s Fund in her honor. Dave Duffield is also a Cornell alum and donor and the founder of Workday.

Each of the 15 Maddie Hero Awards issued this week goes to “animal welfare leaders … for their incredible efforts in furthering the no-kill nation mission through shelter medicine, community lifesaving and big picture thinking.”

Drs. Scarlett and Berliner were specifically recognized for their work in shelter medicine, an outreach program that brings veterinarians to shelters like the SPCA of Tompkins County. Dr. Scarlett, now retired, founded the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell in 2008, and Dr. Berliner directs the program now and works with the SPCA directly.

Each Maddie Hero Award comes with a $10,000 grant for the recipient’s organization.

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