Man helping his dog making selfie image using a smartphone

Instagram has new tools that can help shelters and rescue groups. Are you missing out?

December 1, 2016 / by Chew on This - Blog Categories: Social Media

Instagram has been changing. Is your shelter or rescue group getting everything out of it that you can? Earlier this year, Instagram began making changes designed to appeal to businesses. It created new “business profiles” similar to and connected with Facebook pages. It added analytics called, just like Facebook’s, “Insights.” It created a “Contact” button […]

Portrait of cute mixed-breed dog holding autumn yellow leaf in her mouth

Wishing you all the happiest of Thanksgivings!

November 24, 2016 / by Chew on This - Blog Categories: Announcements

In gratitude to the adopters, volunteers, fosterers, bottle-feeders, TNR-ers, shelter workers, rescuers, veterinarians, technicians, transporters, puppy and kitten socializers, and everyone else helping create a No-Kill Nation: Thank you for all you do for the animals, this and every day of the year, from all of us at Maddie’s Fund®. Happy Thanksgiving!  

Sherri Franklin CNN Hero

What Sherri Franklin’s CNN Hero of the Year nomination means for senior dogs and rescue animals everywhere

November 23, 2016 / by Chew on This - Blog Categories: Caring for Special Populations of Animals

When Sherri Franklin started Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, she not only wanted to rescue senior dogs, but also change the way the world perceived and treated them. Just nine short years later, with over 4,200 senior dogs saved, and a nomination for CNN’s Hero of the Year award, it’s safe to say she’s done just that. […]


Taking the fear, anxiety, and stress out of animal shelters: Is it possible?

November 22, 2016 / by Chew on This - Blog Categories: Animal Behavior, Shelter Medicine, Webcasts

In 2009, veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker attended a presentation where veterinary behaviorist Dr. Karen Overall said something that changed his life: “Fear is the worst thing a social species can experience, and it causes permanent damage to the brain.” “I’d always thought of myself as a particularly compassionate veterinarian,” he said. “I had been exposed […]


Move over Black Friday, #PetFriday is here to stay!

November 16, 2016 / by Chew on This - Blog Categories: Announcements

Remember last year when we took a page out of REI’s handbook and asked: What if, instead of battling the madness at the mall this year, you spent the day after Thanksgiving with the ones who warm your soul? It seems we struck a chord, as hundreds of thousands of people across America eagerly vowed […]

Older cat playing with a feather toy attached to a scratch post
while the younger cat watches.

Study: How much space do shelter cats need to be happier, more playful, and less stressed?

November 15, 2016 / by Chew on This - Blog Categories: Animal Behavior, Facility Design, Research, Shelter Medicine

Shelter cats are happier, more playful, friendlier with each other, and less stressed when they have more room — 4 square meters, or 43 square feet, per cat, to be precise. In a study published in the June 2016 issue of Applied Animal Behaviour Science, Swedish researchers tested the play, mutual grooming, and inter-cat aggressiveness […]

cute puppy dog peeking under railing on porch

How to reduce shelter intake by keeping pets in the homes they already have

November 10, 2016 / by Chew on This - Blog Categories: Coalition Building and Advocacy, Evolution of the No-Kill Movement, Uncategorized

Do you want to reduce shelter intake by 20 percent in one year at your local animal shelter? Try providing underserved communities with the resources they need to keep pets in their homes. That’s exactly what Saving Sunny, Inc., did in a community in Kentucky. Co-founders Maureen Keenan and Kelsey Westbrook shared their story of […]

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