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Million Cat Challenge webcast: No catnapping!

Updated 2/11/2020: This webcast has been postponed until further notice. We will update once a new date is selected.  It happens. Someone finds a litter of kittens, scoops them up and takes them to the animal shelter, not realizing that the mama cat may have just left them to get some food. Naturally, the shelter… Learn More

How one shelter is using data and transport to save more lives

In 2017 when the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA (CASPCA) began to consider regularly transporting pets in from other areas, they started by looking at the data. “I knew I wanted to reach shelters where the transports would have a real impact – shelters that wanted to increase their lifesaving but needed help,” says Angie Gunter, CASPCA’s Executive… Learn More

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#MaddieMonday: How a Maddie’s Apprenticeship helped one shelter grow their foster program, why foster field trips has been called “addicting” and more!

Happy #MaddieMonday! Below are some highlights you may have missed. Why one Maddie’s Fund® employee calls foster field trips “addicting” Did you know that if just 2% of pet-owning households would foster one pet a year, we would end unnecessary euthanasia tomorrow? Susanne Kogut, president of the Petco Foundation, shared this statistic in November, and… Learn More

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Why one Maddie’s Fund employee calls foster field trips “addicting”

Did you know that if just 2% of pet-owning households would foster one pet a year, we would end unnecessary euthanasia tomorrow? Susanne Kogut, president of the Petco Foundation, shared this statistic in November, and it’s part of what inspired Irene Chansawang to take the leap into foster field trips this past holiday season. Chansawang… Learn More

Orphaned kitten now living the good life in the Virgin Islands 

Mike Usher was doing work on his uncle’s home on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands when he heard the tiny mews. The tiny tabby was all by herself, stuck in a wall when Mike found her. And well, you know how this story goes…  Five-week-old Gracie got herself a new cat dad.   She loves… Learn More

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How one community helped keep pets with their people, #ThanksToMaddie 

When Grand Strand Humane Society (GSHS) in South Carolina applied for an Innovation Grant focusing on alternatives to intake, they achieved that and so much more.   The idea was simple. When an individual came in to surrender their pet because they couldn’t afford the cost of care, GSHS would help. Services included altering, vaccines,… Learn More

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