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Short-term fostering opens the door to recruitment

Maddie’s® Foster Express Challenge called on participating shelters to focus on short-term fostering to help get more dogs and cats out of the shelter during the hectic holiday season, get them more exposure and attract new foster caregivers. The following is the last in this series.  How do you recruit new fosters? By enticing them with… Learn More

Maddie’s Weekly Roundup: Shelter cats getting kennel makeovers, empowering your community to help lost pets and more!

Below is a brief round-up of new blog posts and resources that we’ve added over the past week. As a reminder, we’ve created an emergency fostering and COVID-19 webpage that we are updating regularly as new resources become available. You’re also invited to join the Emergency fostering during the Covid-19/coronavirus pandemic group on Maddie’s® Pet Forum… Learn More

Why it’s important to empower your community to help lost pets

What do people do when they find a lost dog or cat? In the city of Austin, many of them attempt to find the owner themselves. And, it’s often done with zero or little intervention on their behalf.   Mark Sloat, Program Manager of Austin Animal Services shared the Found Animal data from October 2019 through March 2020 during a… Learn More

Over 2,600 shelter cats are getting kennel makeovers

Like many of us, shelter cats are taking this time to reevaluate their space, redecorate and purchase new furniture. Or in their case, portals.   Thanks to Million Cat Challenge’s Portalmania 2020, 82 shelters are being awarded 2,685 portals.   Cramped housing has an adverse effect on cats. “Multiple studies have looked at the effect of poor housing on cats,… Learn More

Maddie’s Weekly Roundup: How to reduce intake at your animal shelter, Pet Foster Care Stimulus Grant recipients and more!

Below is a brief round-up of new blog posts and resources that we’ve added over the past week. As a reminder, we’ve created an emergency fostering and COVID-19 webpage that we are updating regularly as new resources become available. You’re also invited to join the Emergency fostering during the Covid-19/coronavirus pandemic group on Maddie’s® Pet Forum… Learn More

Congratulations to over 200 Pet Foster Care Stimulus Grant recipients!

When we put out the call for the Pet Foster Care Stimulus Grant applications, we never thought we would receive over 1,000 inquiries! You have embraced foster care like never before, and for that we are grateful. A silver lining of the COVID-19 pandemic is that pets are spending more time in foster homes than… Learn More

The many ways you can proactively reduce intake at your animal shelter

Back in February 2020, national animal welfare leaders met in Austin, TX, for the American Pets Alive! Conference to exchange ideas, tools and solutions that are helping the United States get to no-kill. In case you missed it, all 60 presentation recordings from the 2020 American Pets Alive! Conference are now available on-demand. Ten of… Learn More

10 ways to keep your new foster caregivers engaged

When the COVID-19 pandemic began, shelters and rescues across the country were flooded with more applications from more potential fosters than many believed were even possible. Pets were sent to foster homes and adoption floors were emptied.  Now that some of us are returning to our usual schedules, what can we do to keep these… Learn More

Attack kitten season like kittens attack your hands with these resources

Kitten season is in full swing, so here are some of our best kitten resources all in one place. We know things are a little different this year, but that’s not stopping the kittens from coming! Feral felines & kittens found outdoors  This webinar from the Kitten Lady comes highly recommended from Gimme Shelter. Her… Learn More

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