Rich  Avanzino

Rich Avanzino

Rich Avanzino, President As President of Maddie's Fund®, Rich focuses the family foundation's $300 million endowment in three major areas: grant giving, hands-on animal care, and research and education. Prior, he served as President of The San Francisco SPCA from 1976-1999, and led San Francisco in 1994 to become the first City and County in the nation to offer an adoption guarantee for every healthy shelter cat and dog. This unprecedented guarantee prompted statewide legislation (California's Hayden Law). As one of the no-kill movement's most articulate spokespeople, Rich has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, People Magazine, Parade Magazine, ABC's 20/20 and the ABC Nightly News. He received a doctor of pharmacy degree from the UC Medical Center and earned a law degree at the UC Davis. Rich and his significant other, Marti, currently share their home with a 13-year old Shitzu named Bri, and a 13-year old Maine Coon named Puddy