February 22, 2018
Categories: Announcements, Grants
Happy adoption

Another round of Innovation Grant recipients have come up with another inspiring list of ideas for growing foster care and adoption at their organizations.

“It was fun to see the creativity these groups came up with for their programs in the October 2017 grant application cycle,” said Kelly Clardy, Maddie’s Fund Senior Grants Specialist. “Applications for the ‘Removing Barriers to Adoption’ category included ideas like reduced or waived adoption fees, opening shelters additional hours during the week for increased adoptions and implementing Adopters Welcome and Adoption Ambassadors programs. Clay County Animal Rescue and Shelter in Illinois is expanding their hours to include Saturday afternoons in the hopes of increasing adoptions.”

In the “Innovative Foster Care” category, she said, “We saw ideas like foster kits, foster sleepover programs and foster programs for specific medical cases like kennel cough and surgical recovery.  Grand Strand Humane Society in South Carolina is creating a fospice (foster hospice) program for terminally ill animals.”

Check out the recipients and their superstar ideas below.

 

Organization Name State Project Category
A Pathway to Hope NJ Temporary boarding at a doggy daycare and boarding facility Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Angel’s Rest Animal Sanctuary OH Elder Paws foster program Innovative Foster Care
Animal Care Centers of NYC NY Hosting Mobile Foster Events Innovative Foster Care
Animal Compassion Team of CA CA “Weekend Warriors” – weekend foster program Innovative Foster Care
Animal Welfare League of Arlington VA Hire a Kitten Foster Coordinator to run their Kitten Academy Foster Program Innovative Foster Care
Arizona Humane Society AZ Develop, launch and promote a new an online foster-orthopedic training module Innovative Foster Care
Athens Area Humane Society GA Training for their vet student fosters Innovative Foster Care
Augusta Animal Services GA Create a foster program for puppies, kittens and adult pets who need socialization Innovative Foster Care
Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter MD Create foster bottle baby kits Innovative Foster Care
BestPals Animal Rescue Center MI Yoga to draw the public to the shelter to help showcase the cats in a free-roaming setting Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Boone Area Humane Society IA Expand their foster program to include adult cats Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Brookhaven Animal Rescue League MS Provide the public with an opportunity to adopt a cat for $10 Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Brother Wolf Animal Rescue NC Training for fosters and foster teams of special needs animals Innovative Foster Care
Burbank Animal Shelter CA Purchase portable tablets to place outside the kennels of long term animals Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Cache Humane Society UT Implement a Seniors to Seniors adoption program Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Caring for Canines AZ Assign a mentor and a behavior modification specialist to evaluate each dog Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Carroll County Animal Shelter GA Reduce the adoption fee for large, adult dogs Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Castaway Cats DE Implement live streaming videos in foster homes to showcase cats to potential adopters Innovative Foster Care
Cat Adoption Team OR “Maddie’s Adoption Packages” – including: medications, supplies, food, litter, toys Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Cat Around Town Project SC Build outdoor enclosures for third-trimester pregnant cats (friendly ferals) their kittens Innovative Foster Care
Central Oklahoma Humane Society OK Behavior Foster Pilot Program Innovative Foster Care
Chesapeake Animal Services VA Boarding/fostering at vet hospitals for animals undergoing medical treatment Innovative Foster Care
Cheyenne Animal Shelter WY Fosters for neonatal kittens and nursing mothers Innovative Foster Care
City of Fort Worth Animal Care and Control TX Heartworm treatment for heartworm positive dogs to help make them more adoptable Innovative Foster Care
Clay County Animal Rescue and Shelter IL Open the shelter to the public on Saturday afternoons Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Clermont Animal CARE Humane Society OH Implement targeted adoption Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Crafty Cat Rescue MI Foster Care Kits and Foster Library Innovative Foster Care
Department of Animal Care and Control CA Mobile adoption application Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Department of Animal Services of El Paso TX Support for foster dogs with kennel cough Innovative Foster Care
Doxie Rescue of Bucks County & NJ PA Create an online foster portal Innovative Foster Care
EASEL Animal Rescue League NJ Starter Kits for kitten fosters Innovative Foster Care
East Ridge Animal Services TN Offer Adoption Packages, including food and supplies Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Foothills Animal Rescue AZ Create an app to send notifications to foster families of new animals looking for fosters Innovative Foster Care
Foster Dogs Incorporated NY Overhaul their “Foster Roster” database Innovative Foster Care
Franklin County Humane Society Inc. VA Adding open hours at the adoption center on Sunday afternoons and Thursday evenings Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Friends of Austin Animal Center TX Create a mobile app to help streamline dog playgroups Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Friends of Austin Animal Center TX Neighborhood fee-waived adoption events including collar,ID tag and supplies Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Friends of Colleton County Animal Shelter SC Provide crates and kennels to fosters of medium and large adult dogs Innovative Foster Care
Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter CA Create Behavior Foster Kits to help fosters provide training for behaviorally challenged dogs. Innovative Foster Care
Grand Strand Humane Society SC Fospice program for terminally ill animals Innovative Foster Care
Haile’s Angels Pet Rescue FL Create “Elite Freedom Foster” team to promote and finalize adoptions and recruit new fosters Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Half the Way Home Cat Rescue GA Implementing a no-fee pet adoption program for the first three months of 2018 Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
HART for Animals, Inc. MD Create a kitten URI isolation room Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Home for Good Dog Rescue, Inc. NJ Provide CPR and first aid training to foster families Innovative Foster Care
Homeward Bound WV, Inc. WV Purchase wifi cameras for foster homes to showcase adoptable animals Innovative Foster Care
HOPE Animal Shelter AZ Foster program specifically for dogs with “Valley Fever” Innovative Foster Care
Humane Society of Boulder Valley CO Provide support for seniors including pet deopsits, vet care, adoption fees Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Humane Society of Sedona AZ Training program and post-adoption support for dogs with the longest LOS at the facility Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin WI Create foster program for dogs with severe illnesses like parvovirus or distemper Innovative Foster Care
Humane Society of Union County NC Monthly meetings for fosters with a local animal behaviorist Innovative Foster Care
Humane Society Silicon Valley CA Create a “fast-track” foster program for highly adoptable dogs Innovative Foster Care
KittyKind, Inc NY Expand foster program to include fosters for select populations of animals Innovative Foster Care
Lewisburg Animal Shelter Volunteers TN Pilot program to intake cats, provide medical care, fostering and adoption Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Lucky Dog Animal Rescue VA Create “Puppy Foster Starter Kit” Program and recruit 15 new puppy litter fosters Innovative Foster Care
McKamey Animal Center TN Create a binder with advice/training and increase advertisement for the foster program Innovative Foster Care
Meow Parlour Cats NY Create a foster program to improve operations of their café Innovative Foster Care
Michigan Pet Fund Alliance MI Provide a Behavior Specialist to work with shelters and rescues Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Missy’s Haven TX Implement hospice foster homes Innovative Foster Care
Paris Animal Welfare Society KY Implement Adoption Ambassador program Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Paw Works, Inc. CA “Sunday Sleepover” foster program Innovative Foster Care
Pawsitively Furever Dog Rescue NJ Streamline their adoption process; volunteer education Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
People Helping Paws MO Create foster mentor program Innovative Foster Care
Pets In Need CA Create a Foster Program for animals with behavioral challenges Innovative Foster Care
Pets Lifeline CA Implement new 8-week specialized foster training Innovative Foster Care
PetsEmpower RI Fostering dogs of domestic violence survivors Innovative Foster Care
Pivot Educational Outreach CA Pair shelter dogs with individuals in sober living locations and public charter schools Innovative Foster Care
Prairie Paws Animal Shelter KS Reduce adoption fees for long-term shelter dogs Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Project Hope Humane Society IL Provide basic obedience and house training for dogs in foster care Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Rainbow Rescues Inc MA Materials for their Rainbow Rescues Foster Program Innovative Foster Care
Ramona Humane Society CA Empower fosters to market their foster animal and process adoptions Innovative Foster Care
Ready for Rescue NY Partnership with a senior organizationfor fostering senior cats Innovative Foster Care
Rebound Hounds ResQ CT Orientation/training sessions via videos/video calls; Professional dog training; Foster mentors Innovative Foster Care
Rescue Pit, Inc. NY Temporary boarding for victims of domestic violence Innovative Foster Care
Ruff Start Rescue MN Marketing animals to customer base that isn’t internet-savvy Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Sacramento SPCA CA Expand foster care base to include animals with behavioral challenges Innovative Foster Care
San Antonio Pets Alive TX “Sleepover Foster” program – short term housing for animals selected from the city shelter Innovative Foster Care
San Francisco SPCA CA Form a short-term foster program for ringworm kittens Innovative Foster Care
Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center CA Pilot project to “rebrand” their dogs as “Mixed Breed”; Create marketing material in Spanish; Implement Adoption Ambassadors for kittens. Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Save A Rescue, Inc. CA Send trainers to foster homes, PetSmart and Senior Centers to educate and recruit fosters Innovative Foster Care
Shores of the Mitten Animal Rescue and Transport MI “Catify” their foster homes Innovative Foster Care
Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority CA “The Happy Meower Program” to help socialize “hissy, spitty” kittens Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
SPCA of Anne Arundel County MD Create an online Foster Portal Innovative Foster Care
Springfield Humane Society VT Expand their foster program to include high school students, the elderly and weekend fosters Innovative Foster Care
St. Francis Society, Inc. FL Funding for KittyCon adoption and education event Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
St. Mary’s Animal Welfare League MD Foster mentor program Innovative Foster Care
Surfcat Cafe & Adoptions CA Implement a team of foster caregivers for special-needs cats Innovative Foster Care
TANKS, Inc. FL Begin a foster-to-adopt program for special needs cats Innovative Foster Care
The City of Madison Animal Control Ga Expand foster program to include cats/kittens Innovative Foster Care
The Louisiana SPCA LA Adoption Ambassador program for the cats in their care Innovative Foster Care
The Meow Mission Inc. IN Purchase supplies, flyers and yard signs soliciting barn homes Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
The National Kitten Coalition VA Provide consultations with Foster Program Coordinators at rescues/shelters around the country Innovative Foster Care
The Society for the Improvement of Conditions for Stray Animals OH Foster program for adult cats and dogs including short-term fosters and foster leads Innovative Foster Care
Topeka Spay Neuter Project KS Turning kitten surrender-ers into kitten fosters homes Innovative Foster Care
Town Cats of Morgan Hill CA Senior program – pay for lifetime vet care, provide food and help with vet transports Innovative Foster Care
Town Cats of Morgan Hill CA New signage; Create a “Meet and Greet” space for adopters Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Tri City Animal Sanctuary TX Provide “Adopt Me” vests for the dogs Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
University of Wisconsin-Madison WI Temporary boarding for pets whose families are in transition Innovative Foster Care
Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter MI Program to waive the adoption fees of 25 senior dogs and 25 senior cats Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Utah Valley Animal Rescue UT Cover adult cat adoption fees and reduce the price of kitten adoption fees Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Valley Oak SPCA CA Travel to area shelters, pull animals for the day and take them to offsite adoption events Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Vancouver Humane Society & SPCA WA Create “Puppy Foster Kits” for puppy fosters and pregnant or nursing dogs Innovative Foster Care
Volunteers for Animals NY Dog foster program at local Prison Innovative Foster Care
Wadena County Humane Society MN Start a Free Adoption Barn Cat program (adoption fees waived for barn cats) Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Wagging Dog Rescue CA Taking sheltered dogs into temporary 2-3 week foster care Innovative Foster Care
Wags and Walks CA Develop a foster training program for large dogs Innovative Foster Care
Wigglin’ Home Boxer Rescue WA Connect fosters with local dog trainers Innovative Foster Care
Wild Cat Foundation LA Provide treatment to heartworm positive dogs Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Willamette Humane Society OR Transition to a more conversational and paperless adoption process Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Young-Williams Animal Center TN Implementing an Adoption Sleepover program (overnight fostering) Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)

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