February 22, 2018
Categories: Announcements, Grants
Happy adoption

Another round of Innovation Grant recipients have come up with another inspiring list of ideas for growing foster care and adoption at their organizations.

“It was fun to see the creativity these groups came up with for their programs in the October 2017 grant application cycle,” said Kelly Clardy, Maddie’s Fund Senior Grants Specialist. “Applications for the ‘Removing Barriers to Adoption’ category included ideas like reduced or waived adoption fees, opening shelters additional hours during the week for increased adoptions and implementing Adopters Welcome and Adoption Ambassadors programs. Clay County Animal Rescue and Shelter in Illinois is expanding their hours to include Saturday afternoons in the hopes of increasing adoptions.”

In the “Innovative Foster Care” category, she said, “We saw ideas like foster kits, foster sleepover programs and foster programs for specific medical cases like kennel cough and surgical recovery.  Grand Strand Humane Society in South Carolina is creating a fospice (foster hospice) program for terminally ill animals.”

Check out the recipients and their superstar ideas below.

 

Organization NameStateProjectCategory
A Pathway to HopeNJTemporary boarding at a doggy daycare and boarding facilityRemoving Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Angel’s Rest Animal SanctuaryOHElder Paws foster programInnovative Foster Care
Animal Care Centers of NYCNYHosting Mobile Foster EventsInnovative Foster Care
Animal Compassion Team of CACA“Weekend Warriors” – weekend foster programInnovative Foster Care
Animal Welfare League of ArlingtonVAHire a Kitten Foster Coordinator to run their Kitten Academy Foster ProgramInnovative Foster Care
Arizona Humane SocietyAZDevelop, launch and promote a new an online foster-orthopedic training moduleInnovative Foster Care
Athens Area Humane SocietyGATraining for their vet student fostersInnovative Foster Care
Augusta Animal ServicesGACreate a foster program for puppies, kittens and adult pets who need socializationInnovative Foster Care
Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care ShelterMDCreate foster bottle baby kitsInnovative Foster Care
BestPals Animal Rescue CenterMIYoga to draw the public to the shelter to help showcase the cats in a free-roaming settingRemoving Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Boone Area Humane SocietyIAExpand their foster program to include adult catsRemoving Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Brookhaven Animal Rescue LeagueMSProvide the public with an opportunity to adopt a cat for $10Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Brother Wolf Animal RescueNCTraining for fosters and foster teams of special needs animalsInnovative Foster Care
Burbank Animal ShelterCAPurchase portable tablets to place outside the kennels of long term animalsRemoving Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Cache Humane SocietyUTImplement a Seniors to Seniors adoption programRemoving Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Caring for CaninesAZAssign a mentor and a behavior modification specialist to evaluate each dogRemoving Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Carroll County Animal ShelterGAReduce the adoption fee for large, adult dogsRemoving Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Castaway CatsDEImplement live streaming videos in foster homes to showcase cats to potential adoptersInnovative Foster Care
Cat Adoption TeamOR“Maddie’s Adoption Packages” – including: medications, supplies, food, litter, toysRemoving Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Cat Around Town ProjectSCBuild outdoor enclosures for third-trimester pregnant cats (friendly ferals) their kittensInnovative Foster Care
Central Oklahoma Humane SocietyOKBehavior Foster Pilot ProgramInnovative Foster Care
Chesapeake Animal ServicesVABoarding/fostering at vet hospitals for animals undergoing medical treatmentInnovative Foster Care
Cheyenne Animal ShelterWYFosters for neonatal kittens and nursing mothersInnovative Foster Care
City of Fort Worth Animal Care and ControlTXHeartworm treatment for heartworm positive dogs to help make them more adoptableInnovative Foster Care
Clay County Animal Rescue and ShelterILOpen the shelter to the public on Saturday afternoonsRemoving Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Clermont Animal CARE Humane SocietyOHImplement targeted adoptionRemoving Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Crafty Cat RescueMIFoster Care Kits and Foster LibraryInnovative Foster Care
Department of Animal Care and ControlCAMobile adoption applicationRemoving Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Department of Animal Services of El PasoTXSupport for foster dogs with kennel coughInnovative Foster Care
Doxie Rescue of Bucks County & NJPACreate an online foster portalInnovative Foster Care
EASEL Animal Rescue LeagueNJStarter Kits for kitten fostersInnovative Foster Care
East Ridge Animal ServicesTNOffer Adoption Packages, including food and suppliesRemoving Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Foothills Animal RescueAZCreate an app to send notifications to foster families of new animals looking for fostersInnovative Foster Care
Foster Dogs IncorporatedNYOverhaul their “Foster Roster” databaseInnovative Foster Care
Franklin County Humane Society Inc.VAAdding open hours at the adoption center on Sunday afternoons and Thursday eveningsRemoving Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Friends of Austin Animal CenterTXCreate a mobile app to help streamline dog playgroupsRemoving Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Friends of Austin Animal CenterTXNeighborhood fee-waived adoption events including collar,ID tag and suppliesRemoving Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Friends of Colleton County Animal ShelterSCProvide crates and kennels to fosters of medium and large adult dogsInnovative Foster Care
Friends of the Palm Springs Animal ShelterCACreate Behavior Foster Kits to help fosters provide training for behaviorally challenged dogs.Innovative Foster Care
Grand Strand Humane SocietySCFospice program for terminally ill animalsInnovative Foster Care
Haile’s Angels Pet RescueFLCreate “Elite Freedom Foster” team to promote and finalize adoptions and recruit new fostersRemoving Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Half the Way Home Cat RescueGAImplementing a no-fee pet adoption program for the first three months of 2018Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
HART for Animals, Inc.MDCreate a kitten URI isolation roomRemoving Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Home for Good Dog Rescue, Inc.NJProvide CPR and first aid training to foster familiesInnovative Foster Care
Homeward Bound WV, Inc.WVPurchase wifi cameras for foster homes to showcase adoptable animalsInnovative Foster Care
HOPE Animal ShelterAZFoster program specifically for dogs with “Valley Fever”Innovative Foster Care
Humane Society of Boulder ValleyCOProvide support for seniors including pet deopsits, vet care, adoption feesRemoving Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Humane Society of SedonaAZTraining program and post-adoption support for dogs with the longest LOS at the facilityRemoving Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Humane Society of Southern WisconsinWICreate foster program for dogs with severe illnesses like parvovirus or distemperInnovative Foster Care
Humane Society of Union CountyNCMonthly meetings for fosters with a local animal behavioristInnovative Foster Care
Humane Society Silicon ValleyCACreate a “fast-track” foster program for highly adoptable dogsInnovative Foster Care
KittyKind, IncNYExpand foster program to include fosters for select populations of animalsInnovative Foster Care
Lewisburg Animal Shelter VolunteersTNPilot program to intake cats, provide medical care, fostering and adoptionRemoving Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Lucky Dog Animal RescueVACreate “Puppy Foster Starter Kit” Program and recruit 15 new puppy litter fostersInnovative Foster Care
McKamey Animal CenterTNCreate a binder with advice/training and increase advertisement for the foster programInnovative Foster Care
Meow Parlour CatsNYCreate a foster program to improve operations of their caféInnovative Foster Care
Michigan Pet Fund AllianceMIProvide a Behavior Specialist to work with shelters and rescuesRemoving Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Missy’s HavenTXImplement hospice foster homesInnovative Foster Care
Paris Animal Welfare SocietyKYImplement Adoption Ambassador programRemoving Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Paw Works, Inc.CA“Sunday Sleepover” foster programInnovative Foster Care
Pawsitively Furever Dog RescueNJStreamline their adoption process; volunteer educationRemoving Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
People Helping PawsMOCreate foster mentor programInnovative Foster Care
Pets In NeedCACreate a Foster Program for animals with behavioral challengesInnovative Foster Care
Pets LifelineCAImplement new 8-week specialized foster trainingInnovative Foster Care
PetsEmpowerRIFostering dogs of domestic violence survivorsInnovative Foster Care
Pivot Educational OutreachCAPair shelter dogs with individuals in sober living locations and public charter schoolsInnovative Foster Care
Prairie Paws Animal ShelterKSReduce adoption fees for long-term shelter dogsRemoving Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Project Hope Humane SocietyILProvide basic obedience and house training for dogs in foster careRemoving Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Rainbow Rescues IncMAMaterials for their Rainbow Rescues Foster ProgramInnovative Foster Care
Ramona Humane SocietyCAEmpower fosters to market their foster animal and process adoptionsInnovative Foster Care
Ready for RescueNYPartnership with a senior organizationfor fostering senior catsInnovative Foster Care
Rebound Hounds ResQCTOrientation/training sessions via videos/video calls; Professional dog training; Foster mentorsInnovative Foster Care
Rescue Pit, Inc.NYTemporary boarding for victims of domestic violenceInnovative Foster Care
Ruff Start RescueMNMarketing animals to customer base that isn’t internet-savvyRemoving Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Sacramento SPCACAExpand foster care base to include animals with behavioral challengesInnovative Foster Care
San Antonio Pets AliveTX“Sleepover Foster” program – short term housing for animals selected from the city shelterInnovative Foster Care
San Francisco SPCACAForm a short-term foster program for ringworm kittensInnovative Foster Care
Santa Paula Animal Rescue CenterCAPilot project to “rebrand” their dogs as “Mixed Breed”; Create marketing material in Spanish; Implement Adoption Ambassadors for kittens.Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Save A Rescue, Inc.CASend trainers to foster homes, PetSmart and Senior Centers to educate and recruit fostersInnovative Foster Care
Shores of the Mitten Animal Rescue and TransportMI“Catify” their foster homesInnovative Foster Care
Silicon Valley Animal Control AuthorityCA“The Happy Meower Program” to help socialize “hissy, spitty” kittensRemoving Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
SPCA of Anne Arundel CountyMDCreate an online Foster PortalInnovative Foster Care
Springfield Humane SocietyVTExpand their foster program to include high school students, the elderly and weekend fostersInnovative Foster Care
St. Francis Society, Inc.FLFunding for KittyCon adoption and education eventRemoving Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
St. Mary’s Animal Welfare LeagueMDFoster mentor programInnovative Foster Care
Surfcat Cafe & AdoptionsCAImplement a team of foster caregivers for special-needs catsInnovative Foster Care
TANKS, Inc.FLBegin a foster-to-adopt program for special needs catsInnovative Foster Care
The City of Madison Animal ControlGaExpand foster program to include cats/kittensInnovative Foster Care
The Louisiana SPCALAAdoption Ambassador program for the cats in their careInnovative Foster Care
The Meow Mission Inc.INPurchase supplies, flyers and yard signs soliciting barn homesRemoving Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
The National Kitten CoalitionVAProvide consultations with Foster Program Coordinators at rescues/shelters around the countryInnovative Foster Care
The Society for the Improvement of Conditions for Stray AnimalsOHFoster program for adult cats and dogs including short-term fosters and foster leadsInnovative Foster Care
Topeka Spay Neuter ProjectKSTurning kitten surrender-ers into kitten fosters homesInnovative Foster Care
Town Cats of Morgan HillCASenior program – pay for lifetime vet care, provide food and help with vet transportsInnovative Foster Care
Town Cats of Morgan HillCANew signage; Create a “Meet and Greet” space for adoptersRemoving Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Tri City Animal SanctuaryTXProvide “Adopt Me” vests for the dogsRemoving Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
University of Wisconsin-MadisonWITemporary boarding for pets whose families are in transitionInnovative Foster Care
Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare ShelterMIProgram to waive the adoption fees of 25 senior dogs and 25 senior catsRemoving Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Utah Valley Animal RescueUTCover adult cat adoption fees and reduce the price of kitten adoption feesRemoving Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Valley Oak SPCACATravel to area shelters, pull animals for the day and take them to offsite adoption eventsRemoving Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Vancouver Humane Society & SPCAWACreate “Puppy Foster Kits” for puppy fosters and pregnant or nursing dogsInnovative Foster Care
Volunteers for AnimalsNYDog foster program at local PrisonInnovative Foster Care
Wadena County Humane SocietyMNStart a Free Adoption Barn Cat program (adoption fees waived for barn cats)Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Wagging Dog RescueCATaking sheltered dogs into temporary 2-3 week foster careInnovative Foster Care
Wags and WalksCADevelop a foster training program for large dogsInnovative Foster Care
Wigglin’ Home Boxer RescueWAConnect fosters with local dog trainersInnovative Foster Care
Wild Cat FoundationLAProvide treatment to heartworm positive dogsRemoving Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Willamette Humane SocietyORTransition to a more conversational and paperless adoption processRemoving Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)
Young-Williams Animal CenterTNImplementing an Adoption Sleepover program (overnight fostering)Removing Barriers to Adoption (Adoption Ambassadors, Adopters Welcome, Open Adoptions, etc.)