May 4, 2020
Categories: #MaddieMonday

Below is a brief round-up of new blog posts and resources that we’ve added over the past week. As a reminder, we’ve created an emergency fostering and COVID-19 webpage that we are updating regularly as new resources become available. You’re also invited to join the Emergency fostering during the Covid-19/coronavirus pandemic group on Maddie’s® Pet Forum where you can ask questions, share resources and more.

Short-term pet fostering was the key to increasing adoptions for this Foster Express Challenge winner
Maddie’s® Foster Express Challenge called on participating shelters to focus on short-term fostering to help get more dogs and cats out of the shelter during the hectic holiday season, get them more exposure and attract new foster caregivers. Short-term fostering for the challenge was defined as stays in foster care of more than two hours and… Learn More

How to keep pets in homes and out of shelters
Often times, when a pet owner is looking to surrender their pet to a shelter or rescue organization, they are under stress. And most likely, it’s a problem they have been dealing with for a long time and they don’t feel they can solve it. In this new Maddie’s University course, Keeping Pets in Homes, you… Learn More

Job opening: Broward County, FL, seeks a Director of Animal Care and Adoption Learn More

May 5th is #GivingTuesdayNow
#GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 – in addition to the regularly scheduled Dec 1, 2020 #GivingTuesday – as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Learn More

ASPCA Webinar Recording: Behavior Helpline
A recent ASPCA webinar, Behavior Helpline – Toss your Community a Lifeline in the COVID-19 Era, had great ideas about how your behavior staff can help foster care providers and new adopters with a behavior hotline.  Tiffany Shao, CCPDT-KA, behavior and training manager at the Humane Society of Western Montana, discussed the benefits, logistics, and other considerations. Watch Now

Webcast recording: Empowering Fosters to Help Market Pets From Foster Care
Through training, automating processes and making sending foster pet feedback as easy as possible, empower your fosters to help get their pets adopted. Kelly Duer, Foster Care Specialist, Maddie’s Fund® and Rachel Jones, Adult Dog Foster Coordinator, Pima Animal Care Center hosted this webcast that aired on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 3:00pm PST. Watch the recording

New Resources added to our COVID-19 Resource page:

  • Webcast recording: Boots on the Ground: Caring for COVID-19 Exposed Pets in Shelters. Join Dr. Sandra Newbury, Director of University of Wisconsin’s Shelter Medicine Program, for practical guidance for essential shelter workers caring for pets who have been exposed to COVID-19. Watch Now
  • Webcast recording: COVID-19 Spay/neuter and Vaccine Clinic Preparedness Guide.  Learn how to follow social distancing guidelines while safely performing spay/neuter surgeries. Watch Now
  • Video: How to support volunteers during Coronavirus. Watch Now
  • Petco webinar series for foster caregivers: Have you welcomed a foster or newly adopted pet? We’re here to help! We are hosting a webinar series to provide you with additional resources during your new adopter or foster journey. Check out the previously recorded webinars. Learn More

Best Friends Animal Society Town Halls
Best Friends Animal Society is hosting a series of COVID-19 town halls. You can watch recordings of previous ones and register for new ones. Learn More

Maddie’s® Pet Forum Featured Topics:
Has your organization started doing virtual adoptions or interested in trying them out?  Join the discussion

Weigh in on this member created poll about rescue communication   Join the discussion

Want to increase lifesaving?
Connect with us at Maddie’s® Pet Forum, use Maddie’s® Shelter Compass tool to increase lifesaving success and take advantage of free online training with Maddie’s® University!