06/07/2012 06:37 pm ET Updated Jun 07, 2012

Maddie's Fund Adoptathon Hopes To Find Loving Homes For 3,000 Pets In One Weekend (PHOTOS)

San Francisco will be host to the perfect opportunity to finally find that dog or cat you have been waiting for this weekend.

Maddie's Fund will hold its third annual Maddie's Matchmaker Adoptathon on June 9 and 10. This is the first year that San Francisco adoption centers have been added to the roster, and more than 14 SF-based shelters and rescue organizations are signed up.


Maddie's Fund is a family foundation funded by founders Dave and Cheryl Duffield. The organization hopes to create a no-kill nation where all healthy and treatable shelter dogs and cats are guaranteed a loving home.

Maddie's Fund has set aside $3 million for this weekend's Adoptathon in order to ensure its goal of finding new homes for 3,000 dogs and cats in the Bay Area -- 700 more pets than last year's goal.

By matching 3,000 animals with new homes, organizers of the Adoptathon hope the event will give San Francisco shelters more space to take in furry friends in need.

"The joy we saw in the animals, as well as the volunteers and the adopters, is the reason we created Maddie's Fund. The Adoptathon is a testament to what can be done when people come together in lifesaving and rally for a common cause," Duffield said in a statement.

The two-day Adoptathon will take place on Alabama Street near the San Francisco SPCA and Animal Care and Control, and run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Free adoptions will be available for qualified adopters, and Maddie's Fund will reimburse each organization $500 to $2,000 per adoption.

Click through last week's featured adoptable pets below, and get ready for another adorable overload, courtesy of Northern California Family Dog Rescue:

Family Dog Rescue