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#FeelGoodFriday: Teen makes statement in animal shelter t-shirts

Back-to-school shopping will be one less thing Jayson Kimberly has to worry about this year. He has over 200 t-shirts from animal shelters and organizations making up his wardrobe and he plans to wear a different one every day. By wearing a new shirt every day, he hopes to show his classmates how many shelters… Learn More

The ultimate low-cost shelter enrichment program resource

Looking to start or expand a low-cost shelter enrichment program for dogs? We have the resource for you! In case you missed this valuable post on Maddie’s Pet Forum – one of our Innovation grantees, Far Side Journey, used their grant to develop the Boredom Buster Program, a low-cost shelter enrichment program for dogs. They piloted the… Learn More

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#MaddieMonday: Apprenticeship application window now open, ensuring transparency and more!

Apply for a Maddie’s® Apprenticeship today! The application window is open now through August 23rd. Learn More Yes, you can ensure transparency while keeping marketing and adoption counseling separate The following post is written by Kelly Duer, Maddie’s Fund® Foster Care Specialist, and Kristen Hassen-Auerbach, Director of Animal Services at Pima Animal Control Center in… Learn More

Yes, you can ensure transparency while keeping marketing and adoption counseling separate

The following post is written by Kelly Duer, Maddie’s Fund® Foster Care Specialist, and Kristen Hassen-Auerbach, Director of Animal Services at Pima Animal Control Center in Tucson, AZ. In the 3 years since Kristen’s original article describing the difference between marketing and adoption counseling, we’ve seen progress toward the goal, but some questions remain. This… Learn More

The easiest way to see how your community is doing when comes to pet lifesaving

Do you know how your community is doing when it comes to lifesaving? How about your state or region? Best Friends Animal Society revealed its informative lifesaving dashboard at this year’s national conference. Data was collected directly from shelters, state and local coalitions, government websites, and FOIA requests. It’s their (and our) hope that this… Learn More

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#MaddieMonday: Creating a community culture that values fostering, successful short-term foster programs and more!

Foster Friday everyday! Creating a community culture that values pet fostering If you’re interested in growing your animal shelter or rescue organization’s foster program, creating a community culture that values fostering is critical.  One of the easiest ways to begin doing this is to bring foster care into the conversation as much as possible in… Learn More

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How one NYC shelter pulled off a successful short-term foster program in 3 days

Space was getting tight in all three of Animal Care Centers of New York City’s shelters. They had just completed a successful adoption event, but their dog kennels remained stubbornly full. Staff felt as though they’d saturated the local adoption market and multiple pleas for fosters hadn’t been as successful as they had hoped. They… Learn More

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Foster Friday everyday! Creating a community culture that values pet fostering

If you’re interested in growing your animal shelter or rescue organization’s foster program, creating a community culture that values fostering is critical.  One of the easiest ways to begin doing this is to bring foster care into the conversation as much as possible in your organization’s communications. Talking about foster care helps to normalize it… Learn More

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