Happy Tuesday! Below is a brief roundup of resources added over the past week.
The staff training & leadership development resource drive has begun!
We’re kicking off 2024 with another member-suggested resource drive focused on staff training & leadership development. A Forum member suggested the topic saying: “Some animal shelter professionals have traveled an unconventional career path or move up through the ranks on the merits of their dedication, focus and natural talent, but without a lot of traditional… Learn More
$15,000 in grants available from Shelter Animals Count
If you want to be eligible for $15,000 in grants from Shelter Animals Count, be sure your data is updated by January 15th at 5:00 PM EST! Grant prizes will be broken down as follows: First prize of $5,000: Granted to TWO organizations who have submitted full intake/outcome data from 2021-2023. NEW this year: No minimum intake requirement! Second… Learn More
Open Arms Challenge-focused Weekly Community Conversations
Join us for three Open Arms Challenge-focused Community Conversations in the month of February. These 50-minute Zoom meetings will feature previous Challenge winners and their experiences making changes at their respective organizations. These calls will be invaluable even if you’re not planning on joining the Challenge this year. The lineup is as follows: Disability Inclusion, Community Services Impact and People with Lived Experiences Working Group. Register Now
(If you are already registered for the Weekly Community Conversations, there is no need to register again.)
Spring 2024 Online Instructor-Led Courses coming soon
Maddie’s Fund® Online Instructor-Led Courses provide an interactive educational opportunity for those who are looking to benefit from the wisdom of established innovative programs. They’re the catalyst you need to take your programs and learning to the next level. The application window will open on February 1 and close February 16. View the Offerings
Webcast: Better Living Through Chemistry – Helping Shelter Dogs Cope
Join the Human Animal Support Services Behavior Job-Alike group on Thursday, January 25 at 9AM PT PT/12:00PM ET for the first of a two-part series about behavior medication. This month, Meghan Herron, Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist, will be talking about using behavior medication to help dogs cope with fear, anxiety and stress in the shelter. Register Now
The Open Arms Challenge is coming April 2024
The next Open Arms Challenge registration will open at the end of February 2024, with the Challenge taking place in April 2024. Mark your calendars now and add this to your planning! Going forward, there will only be one Challenge per year. Learn More
Don’t forget: Monthly grant opportunity!
Maddie’s Fund is giving away a $3,000 grant each month to one lucky Maddie’s® Pet Forum member! You’ll automatically be entered to win each month when you start a new discussion, reply to a new post… Learn More
Weekly Community Conversations
Register now for the weekly Monday 11AM PT/2PM ET call for animal well-being professionals. These 50-minute calls are a collaborative space to share exciting new programs and research, discuss uncomfortable topics, connect with peers in the industry, and more, all while sharing a common goal of preserving the human-animal bond. There’s also $5,000 in grants given away each month to participants!