September 30, 2021
Categories: Apprenticeships

Grab your pumpkin latte and get ready to acquire some new skills and knowledge this fall. We have five wonderful and varied online apprenticeships to help with that! Whether cats are your fancy, expanding your foster program or shelter clinic management is your thing, we think just about anyone can benefit from these online apprenticeships. Each apprenticeship is four weeks long and is made up of a combination of self-paced learning and four 90-minute weekly Zoom meetings with your instructor. 

The application period opens on Monday, October 4 and closes on October 8. Seats are limited, so don’t delay! 

Short-term Foster and Field Trips
You’ll learn how to create and run several types of short-term foster programs that will provide your dogs with enrichment, get them seen, give you great marketing material, and expand your foster caregiver base. Programs covered include field trips, overnights and emergency foster care. This apprenticeship is taught by Taylor Lefebvre, Director of Operations, and Moriah Good, Director of Advancement, Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA. 

Feline Lifesaving 
Learn how to create and manage essential cat programs, lead staff and volunteers to accomplish goals and work as effectively as possible with limited resources. With the engaging Monica Frenden, Maddie’s Director of Feline Lifesaving at American Pets Alive! at your side, your live outcomes are surely to increase.  

A New Model for Shelter Care: Replacing Kennels with Foster Homes 
Does placing 50% or more of your shelter pets into foster homes seem like a dream? Make “high volume” foster care a reality with Kelly Duer, Foster Care Specialist at Maddie’s Fund at the helm.

Lost Pet Reunification 
Industry leaders now recognize pet reunification programming as at least equal in importance to adoption programming. Innovations in lost pet reunification have exploded during the pandemic and continue to emerge every day. Join Rory Adams, Maddie’s® Training and Education Manager; Bobby Mann, Maddie’s® Human Animal Support Services Pilot Director; and Faith Wright, Maddie’s® Shelter Management Advisor for this important course.

Managing Shelter Health 
Are you a shelter director, manager or involved with the healthy flow of animals from intake to adoption? In this apprenticeship you will learn how to integrate shelter management and shelter medicine best practices in your own organization to improve the quality of care and save more lives. This apprenticeship is taught by the shelter health team at Charleston Animal Society: Dr. Lucy Fuller, Dr. Margaret Morris, Abby Appleton, Becca Boronat and Ms. Pearl Sutton.

Learn more about each class over on Maddie’s® University