February 20, 2018
Categories: Foster Programs
Kitten watching webcast

What are you doing on Thursday evenings in March? Whether you’re looking to start a foster program at your shelter, or give a boost to an already-existing foster program, Maddie’s Fund® has a webcast series for you!

That’s right: We’re going all-in on foster care, including foster programs that have worked to get more dogs and cats adopted in communities across the country. From the basics (with a twist) to advanced and creative innovations, they’re what you need to get lifesaving to the next level in your organization.

Sign up for this series of free webcasts, and you’ll have the chance to learn from your peers in other organizations, get your questions answered and start saving more lives. Just click on the titles for more information and to register!

March 1, 2018
Foster Field Trips: A gateway to community engagement in getting pets adopted
Kelly Duer, Maddie’s® Foster Care Specialist and Foster Expansion Coordinator
Foster field trips can bring volunteers into the foster program who aren’t ready to foster long-term. They provide a great benefit in stress-reduction for the dogs, which persists even after the dogs have gone back to the shelter after their field trip.

March 8, 2018
Foster Sleepovers: How Temporary Fostering Can Improve the Lives of Shelter Dogs
Lisa Gunter, MA, CPDT-KA, Doctoral Candidate at Arizona State University in the Department of Psychology and researcher at the Canine Science Collaboratory
Kelly Duer, Maddie’s® Foster Care Specialist and Foster Expansion Coordinator

Short-term fostering and sleepovers can reduce stress for shelter dogs and gives them a break from the shelter. They also benefit from interactions with the foster family, human interaction is known to improve animal welfare, particularly for highly social species like dogs.

March 15, 2018
Adult Dog Fostering
Kristen Auerbach, Director of Animal Services, Pima Animal Care Center, Tucson, AZ
Medium and large adult dogs remain one of the groups most at-risk for euthanasia in animal shelters. Foster programs, which used to be geared at puppies, kittens and pets recovering from illness or injury, are now expanding to serve healthy adult dogs as well.

March 22, 2018
Adult Cat and Kitten Fostering
Jodi Osborne, Charleston Animal Society Foster and Rescue Coordinator
Christina Ellwood, Charleston Animal Society Foster and Rescue Coordinator

Would you like to build and manage a robust cat and kitten fostering program at your animal organization? Are you looking for effective ways to recruit new foster caregivers? Does your existing program need rejuvenation?

Don’t wait… sign up today!