August 31, 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.

#HassInAction: Bringing veterinary care to meet families where they are
One thing that has been reinforced during COVID-19, is how powerful the transformational love of a pet is, especially during tough times. Animal welfare organizations all across the nation are shifting to a more community-centric model of animal sheltering. LifeLine Animal Project in Atlanta, GA, has focused on providing solutions to the community to help… Learn More

Why it’s important to encourage dissent when making changes
“If you stand still, the bus is going to run you over,” said Joceyln Kessler in Change Can Be Fun! A Simple, Proven Framework Can Help Take the Pain Out of Change, a 2019 ASPCA Maddie’s® Cornell Shelter Medicine Conference session. Change is necessary, but doesn’t have to be painful. Often times it is a welcome change, but there is still… Learn More

HSUS Eviction Response Toolkit
Support pet owners in your community who are facing eviction with this toolkit. Learn More

Job opportunity! HASS is hiring a Keeping Families Together Program Manager
Interested in joining this transformative collaborative effort? Human Animal Support Services is hiring a full-time remote position. Learn More

Upcoming webcast: Million Cat Challenge: Going Home
In this hour-long webinar, learn how to take your matchmaking game from the adoption floor to the worldwide web. Join us this Thursday, September 3 at 12pm PT/3pm ET. Register Now

ASPCA’s Safe Workplace Playbook
The ASPCA’s new Safe Workplace Playbook for Animal Shelters explains new COVID-19 processes and procedures, including health checks, adjusted workspaces to allow for physical distancing, use of PPE, enhanced hygiene, and cleaning protocols. Learn how to keep your team, volunteers, the public and yourself safe. Learn More

Check out Best Friends resource page to learn more on how to be road-block free
Now more than ever, being a part of the sheltering and rescue community means actively looking for ways to keep pets in the places they call home and inviting more animal-loving folks to the lifesaving party. Learn more about removing common roadblocks with these resources. Learn More

Upcoming HSUS webcast: Radical Return to Owner – Keep families together
While adoption rates have improved substantially in recent years, nationwide there has been minimal improvement in return-to-owner statistics. Shelters will always be necessary safe havens for pets who truly do not have a home, but inflexible policies and expensive fees still leave too many animals branded as “homeless” even when they have an owner. Join us to hear from leaders from across the country about how they are using innovative strategies to drive positive outcomes and reunite pets with the people who love them. Register Now

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

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

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:

Wanted: Friends of PACC is looking for a Community Outreach Specialist! Join the discussion

Sanctuary for Dogs with Aggression: Does anyone have any recommendations of sanctuary that work with dogs with aggression? 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!