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Innovative solutions and ideas for pet fostering, adoption, shelter medicine, tips on sharing your life with adopted pets, stories about how pets make our lives better and happier - can you think of anything better to chew on?

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Put your lifesaving ideas to the test with a Maddie’s Idea Lab Grant

Have a great idea that saves lives, improves welfare or keeps pets in homes? Would you love that idea to be scientifically evaluated, and to motivate others to implement it? We have a grant for that! The Maddie’s® Idea Lab is a new initiative that supports the development and assessment of innovative ideas that have… Learn More

The Million Cat Challenge is saving shelter cats, #ThanksToMaddie!

“Every cat counts.” That’s the motto of our funded Million Cat Challenge, and it’s one Maddie’s Fund® wholeheartedly believes in. That’s why, from April 29 to May 31, 2016, we gave 596 grants totaling $617,500 to shelters that joined the Challenge, and to Challenge shelters that referred new participants. The Million Cat Challenge was launched… Learn More

Use social media to get more foster homes for big dogs

Can you save 44 large dogs’ lives in 14 days through the power of social media? Austin Pets Alive! (APA!) did just that, and in this recording from the 2015 Best Friends National Conference, Faith Wright tells you how you can, too! In Foster Faster: Growing Your Dog Foster Program, Wright says the trick is… Learn More

Apply today, and raise the standard of animal sheltering management

Are you an executive leader committed to developing and strengthening your knowledge and skill sets in no-kill animal sheltering management and leadership? Or maybe you know someone who is? Spread the word: Applications are now being accepted for the Maddie’s Fund® Executive Leadership Fellowship at Charleston Animal Society (CAS). This is the second Fellowship in… Learn More

Adopted pets are rescued by love, saved by shelter medicine

If you’ve adopted a pet from an animal shelter or rescue group, you know how powerful the bond is that exists between the pet and their human family. You’re also probably aware of the efforts made by shelter and rescue staff and volunteers to make sure you and your pet found each other. What you… Learn More

Advances in pet databases can help your shelter or rescue group get more pets adopted

The technological revolution of the last 25 years has had a profound impact on the animal welfare industry. Things we now take for granted, like websites that display our organizations’ services and adoptable pets, pet-search databases such as Petfinder.com and Adopt-a-Pet.com, more robust and easy to use animal sheltering software solutions, and the rise of… Learn More

One easy way to reduce a pet’s length of stay at your shelter

What can reduce a pet’s length of stay in your shelter or rescue from 43 days to 14 days? A great adoption photo. Maddie’s Fund® has just launched Maddie Talks, a series of short (less than 10 minutes) motivational “Ted Talk” like videos created by animal welfare professionals and meant to provide inspiration and equip… Learn More

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Engaging teens to help expand your current foster program

Whether you have a well-established foster program or are just getting started, one question always remains: How can you get more fosters? Faith Wright tackles this question and provides innovative actionable ideas in her presentation of Foster Faster: Growing Your Dog Foster Program at the American Pets Alive! 2015 conference. One of her ideas? A… Learn More

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