Special to The Ely Times

Maddie’s Pet Project has recently given the City of Ely’s Animal Shelter a in-kind grant for $25,000.

$10,000 of the grant would help to assist with public spay and neuter services, and the trap neuter release program and the other $15,000 would assist with increasing pet adoptions locally to improve live releases from the shelter.

Funds may be used for marketing and promoting of pet adoption, cages and animal care supplies. The letter also indicated the TNR program would get top priority for funding from this grant.

The grant requires statistic reporting of animals served as well as a few narrative stories of people and their pet who are helped, including photos.

Maddies’ Pet Project is made possible by the Dave and Cheryl Duffield Foundation as well as Maddie’s Fund.

The campaign is in memory of the Duffield’s beloved dog, Maddie. In the latter part of 2016, Humane Network, a Nevada-based organization, conducted a statewide feasibility study for this campaign at the request of Maddie’s Fund.

In the fall of 2017, the campaign was funded, Humane Network is managing it through 2020. Humane Network was founded by Diane Blankenburg and Bonney Brown in 2007.

In the letter from Maddie’s Pet Project, dated, Dec. 20, it was stated, “On behalf of all of us at Maddie’s Pet Project in Nevada and Humane Network, we wish City of Ely Animal Control the best of success in its important work on behalf of the animals of Nevada.

Data collection they have requested includes the amount of stray, adoptions, owner surrenders, euthanasia, transferred out of the shelter in Nevada or out of Nevada, and the amount of animals that died in care, and those who were returned to their owners.

The acceptance of the grant funds will have to be approved by the city council and will be on the next city council agenda for the meeting on Jan. 10.