May 14, 2019
Categories: Adoption, Apprenticeships

Have you attended an apprenticeship yet? Our Maddie’s® Apprenticeship Program application window is now open and it’s an excellent opportunity for shelter and rescue organizations to improve lifesaving! You’ll learn from some of the best in the industry.

Don’t just take our word for it though. We asked former apprentices about their experiences.

Adopting out cats that they never would have before
I am learning so much about working with cats that a couple of years ago my shelter never would have considered adopting out. I thank you for the opportunity to learn from wonderful organizations like APA and Cat Town.
Cath Simonini, Rhode Island SPCA, APA, Feline Lifesaving Masterclass 

 The relationship between shelter and rescue
The outlook they have on the relationship between shelter and rescue is something I wish more had. The view that the shelters are not the bad guy to be blamed for the situation and rescues the hero, but rather that we are all on the same team and are partners needing to work together. I can’t even express how much that has stuck with me.
– Amanda Stonebraker, Helping Hands Humane Society, Cat Town, Hard to Place Cats 

 Saving more neonatal kittens without a kitten nursery
Our organization is small, serving a small community, so a full neonatal kitten nursery on site isn’t totally feasible. However, we have taken what I learned during my apprenticeship to implement many new and improved kitten care and feeding, cleaning, and medical protocols with great success! We’ve also recruited and trained many more neonatal kitten foster families and in 2018 we cared for more neonatal kittens than ever before! 
– Amber Kostoff, MCPAWS Regional Animal Shelter, APA, Neonatal Kitten Nursery 

Room for just FeLV cats
Since attending the apprenticeship at APA!, our shelter has now opened a room on the main adoption floor that is dedicated to promoting the adoptions of FeLV positive cats. Attending the apprenticeship course gave me the information and confidence that I needed to pitch this program to our shelter’s leadership, who were incredibly supportive.
– Kathleen Sullivan, Humane Society Naples, APA, Feline Lifesaving Masterclass

Apply now for the following apprenticeships:

Maddie’s® Systematic Feline Lifesaving Master Class at Austin Pets Alive!
Maddie’s® Lifesaving Leadership Master Class at Austin Pets Alive!
Maddie’s® Hard-to-Place Cats Adoption Program Apprenticeship at Cat Town
Maddie’s® Parvo ICU Apprenticeship at Austin Pets Alive!
Maddie’s® Ringworm Apprenticeship at San Francisco SPCA
Maddie’s® Hands-Up Hub and Spoke Transport Model Apprenticeship at St. Hubert’s
Maddie’s® Neonatal Kitten Medical Apprenticeship
Maddie’s® Growing an Existing Foster Program Apprenticeship
Maddie’s® Systematic Canine Lifesaving Master Class at Austin Pets Alive!
Maddie’s® Starting a Foster Program Apprenticeship
Maddie’s® Clinic Apprenticeship at Austin Pets Alive!
Maddie’s® Humane Society Silicon Valley Kitten Nursery Apprenticeship