Be entered to win one of TEN $500 grants by taking this short survey!

Animal shelter and rescue organizations, we need your input! Learning about your organization’s programs can help us keep more people and pets together everywhere, so we’re looking to collect information on programs across the United States in this short survey.  We originally sent this survey out two years ago and know much has changed since… Learn More

5 tips for recruiting safety net fosters

As we move toward community-centric animal services practices, many shelters and rescue organizations are considering creating safety net fostering programs. These programs provide temporary care for pets whose owners are in crisis, but who would like to keep their pets in the long term. “I think there’s been a growing interest for programs like this… Learn More

Help more pets reunite with their owners using this survey

Return to Owner (RTO) is an important component of lifesaving. When pets are reunited with their owners, that’s one less kennel that is being occupied.   Michelson Found Animals Foundation is conducting a national survey on RTO. With this survey, they are hoping to learn what RTO rates truly are and what strategies are being used for… Learn More

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Research studies to help you implement new lifesaving ideas at your animal organization

Over the past few years, the Maddie’s® Fund Idea Lab has been funding numerous projects to help advance the welfare of homeless pets across the country. While we’ve shared some of the findings as we received them (you’ve likely heard of the short-term foster sleepover study by now), we’re excited to finally have the summary results of 39 Maddie’s® Idea… Learn More

Nationwide Fostering Study

Seeking animal shelters for nationwide fostering study

Does your shelter have a great field trip program? Are you ready for the next step? Arizona State University (ASU) & Virginia Tech (VT) are currently enrolling shelters that want to implement a sleepover program for science in their Nationwide Fostering Study! Shelters that participate in this study will receive free apprenticeship training from Maddie’s Fund®… Learn More

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Shelter dog behavior assessments not reliable, reports ASPCA

This post originally ran on June 28, 2018. We wanted to share again because we think this topic is very important.  An in-shelter behavior assessment is not a reliable way to determine whether dogs will or won’t be safe in adoptive homes, reports a new ASPCA position statement. Instead, such evaluations need to be based… Learn More

Research study: Foster care has an impact on dogs’ welfare and adoption

Button had been at the Kansas City Pet Project for about a month, and he wasn’t doing well. He was displaying alarming signs of kennel stress, including pacing, spinning, vocalizing and jumping up and down over and over. The shelter has an excellent enrichment program that includes play groups, walks, puzzle toys and more, but… Learn More

Study: To get pets adopted, focus on the present, not the past

In honor of Maddie’s Fund® 25th anniversary, we are taking a trip down memory lane and revisiting some early blog posts that we think are still relevant today. This post originally ran on December 11, 2012.  Are your adoption listings full of information about a pet’s past? Do you focus on the sad story of… Learn More

Dr. Michael Blackwell is on a mission is to improve access to veterinary care

HSUS Animal Care Expo in New Orleans, LA, will soon be upon us! One important topic of conversation will be access to veterinary care, and there will be two sessions with Dr. Michael Blackwell that will tackle this important topic. His mission is to improve access to veterinary care, especially for families with limited means.… Learn More

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