Learn more about open adoptions with these Maddie’s University courses

Are you thinking of applying for the Open Arms Pet Adoption Challenge but want a little more information and research on open adoptions?   We’ve put together two brand new courses on Maddie’s University — Dog Adoptions: Eliminating Roadblocks to Positive Outcomes and Open Cat Adoptions: Keep Them Moving, Get Them Home. We suggest taking them both, even if you… Learn More

Maddie's Fund 25th anniversary

Then and Now: Austin, Texas

As our 25th anniversary celebration continues, we’re looking back “then and now” style at some of the grants we’ve given over the years, and the amazing impact they’ve had on their communities since then. We’re continuing the stories with Austin, Texas. When it comes to astonishing progress in saving shelter pets, Austin, TX, stands out… Learn More

Research study: Foster care has an impact on dogs’ welfare and adoption

Button had been at the Kansas City Pet Project for about a month, and he wasn’t doing well. He was displaying alarming signs of kennel stress, including pacing, spinning, vocalizing and jumping up and down over and over. The shelter has an excellent enrichment program that includes play groups, walks, puzzle toys and more, but… Learn More

Yes, you can ensure transparency while keeping marketing and adoption counseling separate

The following post is written by Kelly Duer, Maddie’s Fund® Foster Care Specialist, and Kristen Hassen-Auerbach, Director of Animal Services at Pima Animal Control Center in Tucson, AZ. In the 3 years since Kristen’s original article describing the difference between marketing and adoption counseling, we’ve seen progress toward the goal, but some questions remain. This… Learn More

Million cat challenge one idea

#FeelGoodFriday: Million Cat Challenge has saved 2 million cats!

We can’t think of a better way to kick off the weekend than by celebrating the new Million Cat Challenge milestone! The campaign, originally launched to save the lives of one million shelter cats in North America, announced today that participating animal shelters have DOUBLED that original goal. You read that right – that means two… Learn More

Attend one of our 12 animal welfare apprenticeships to improve lifesaving

Have you attended an apprenticeship yet? Our Maddie’s® Apprenticeship Program application window is now open and it’s an excellent opportunity for shelter and rescue organizations to improve lifesaving! You’ll learn from some of the best in the industry. Don’t just take our word for it though. We asked former apprentices about their experiences. Adopting out… Learn More

Zack skow and dog

Don’t miss why Zach Skow says not to judge a book by its cover

Can you believe we’re just about one month away from the HSUS Animal Care Expo in New Orleans? As you start to peruse the sessions and create your schedule, be sure you mark your calendar to attend the Welcome Session on Monday, April 15 from 4pm – 5:30pm. Here you’ll get to watch keynote speaker… Learn More

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