August 10, 2020
Categories: #MaddieMonday

Below is a brief round-up of new blog posts and resources 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.

The Kitten Lady will help kick off this Million Cat Challenge kitten webcast series
If you have ever cared for kittens, you know that two (or more) are often easier than one, so it makes sense that Million Cat Challenge (MCC) is offering five kitten webcasts in their latest series. MCC has put together a  series  of five kitten-focused webcasts, starting Thursday, August 6th and continuing each week through Thursday, September 3rd… Learn More

How your pet foster program can provide support for foster caregivers
Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic, shelters have been cleared out and foster homes have been filled. While it is truly the silver lining to this all, foster programs have been learning and pivoting in ways to support their new and long-time caregivers. Lea Williams, Ph.D, a nonprofit consultant and researcher, provides us with recommendations for foster… Learn More

CARE’s PSA: Are we looking for reasons not to adopt?
CARE (Companions and Animals for Reform and Equity) recently released a PSA to all animal shelters and rescue organizations that says, “We must remove barriers to save more lives.” Watch Now

Join Maddie’s® Instructor Summits!
The AmPA! weekly Maddie’s® Instructor Summit offers shelters and rescues a chance to talk through the most current animal sheltering challenges! You’ll join the instructors from Maddie’s® Lifesaving Academy, as well as other industry leaders, but, more importantly, you’ll be able to engage face to face (digitally!) with people like you every Friday afternoon. Topics will change each week. Register Now

Upcoming webcast: Million Cat Challenge: Navigating Anesthetic Drug Shortages in Shelters After COVID
In this 60-minute webcast, you’ll learn what your organization needs to know to provide spay/neuter and veterinary care in a time of COVID. Join us this Wednesday, August 12 at 12pm PT/3pm ET. Register Now

Check out ASPCA Pro’s two online behavior courses!
For all animal shelter staff and volunteers, these 15-20 minute courses will allow you to easily add ideas from the trainings into your daily routines. They are also CCPDT credit approved! Learn More

The Shelter Animals Count COVID-19 Impact Report for June is now available 
Shelter Animals Count is a collaborative nonprofit organization that is home to the national database of sheltered animal statistics. They just released their COVID-19 Impact Report, along with an infographic looking at data over the past six months. Learn More

Want to learn more about how Human Animal Support Services are keeping people and pets together? 
Human Animal Support Services (HASS), a new animal welfare organizational model, will implement a new range of services for pets and people in 12 pilot cities, helping keep more animals in their homes and communities and reducing the number entering the shelter system through programs and resources. Read 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

Need foster caregivers? can help! 
Through their nationwide #StayHomeAndFoster initiative, has over 80,000 people signed up to foster, but just 750 organizations to match them with. Register your organization so you can be matched with local fosters in your area! If your organization is not in need right now, you can still sign up so that everything is ready to go when you do need. This includes all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Learn More

Maddie’s® Pet Forum Featured Topics:

New foster dog refuses to climb stairs. Any suggestions to help me help her? Join the discussion

If you work or volunteer for an animal shelter, foster-based rescue or humane society, please take this short & anonymous COVID-19 Impact Survey. Take the survey

Want to increase lifesaving?
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