Teens with foster cat

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

Spreading the #FalalaFoster cheer is a job for everyone

Looking to give back in a meaningful way this holiday season, while bringing some magic into your heart and home? You’re in luck, because ’tis the season to #FalalaFoster, even for first-timers! While fostering during the holidays is only a short-term commitment for you, it’s the first step to a second chance for an animal…… Learn More

The winners of our #ShowUsYourFoster contest have been chosen!

We asked and you answered! Thanks to everyone who entered our #ShowUsYourFoster contest. Hundreds of entries poured in, making it that much more difficult for our celebrity judges to choose a winner. So much so that we had to extend the deadline for them, and chose 9 runners-up of both dogs and cats! Drumroll… it’s… Learn More

Show us your fosters and we’ll help you find them a home!

We believe foster homes are the future of lifesaving, so we want to show foster caregivers some big love! We’ll help your foster pets get some exposure in our Show Us Your Foster contest – are you in? All you have to do is upload a photo and some basic information about your foster dog… Learn More

Blueprint for creating and sustaining a dog foster program

A strong foster program can be the single factor that finally brings a community to no-kill. Just ask Ann Lindholm of Austin Pets Alive!, who took their foster program from a one-person operation to a team of more than 35 volunteers. In only three years they were supporting a network of over 1,200 foster parents… Learn More

When it comes to adopting foster pets, who decides?

Who is in the best position to know what type of home would be best for a pet in a foster home: the adoption organization, or the foster caregiver? It’s a question that might not have a single answer. Some foster caregivers may prefer to be involved with pets but not be comfortable working directly… Learn More

Kittens make even sleep deprivation fun!

Can you think of anything that would make you look forward to getting up every 2-3 hours in the middle of the night? Neither could Dr. Laurie Peek, until she experienced orphaned kitten fostering. “It’s one of my favorite things in the whole wide world!” she said. A Maddie’s Fund® Executive Leadership Team member, Dr.… Learn More

A dog’s-eye view of what ‘Leap Day’ is really all about

Want a dog’s-eye view of why they call it Leap Day and not extra day or something like that? I have a theory. As three-legged dog, I’m familiar with the physical act of leaping. But after the past six months, I also know a thing or two about metaphoric leaping. See, I think Leap Day… Learn More

How foster homes set shelter pets up for behavioral success

Foster homes can provide a valuable safe harbor for stressed, fearful, or anxious shelter pets, as well as a place where they can learn behaviors that will maximize their chances for successful adoption into a permanent home. For that to happen, however, the foster family must also provide appropriate support for the easing of fears… Learn More

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