Join us for a new webcast series, Maddie’s Insights!

Introducing a brand new webcast series, Maddie’s® Insights. Starting on Thursday, September 8, at 12:00PM / 3:00PM ET, these monthly webcasts will provide practical tips based on current research to help pets and people. Maddie’s Fund® Director of Outreach and Research, Sheila Segurson, DVM, DACVB will host this 60 minute webcast. “It’s pretty common that… Learn More

Dog and cat behavior and training resources at your fingertips!

Need a specific resource on behavior or training? Or maybe you have some to share? Either way, Maddie’s® Pet Forum May resource drive is for you! This month, the focus is on dog and cat behavior or training resources. You’ll find resources for animals while in your shelter/rescue organization’s care and separate folders with resources… Learn More

Does your animal shelter have a behavior program? Tell us!

You may remember us mentioning we have a few surveys coming your way this winter. Here’s a NEW one about shelter behavior practices. Supporting and making outcome decisions for dogs with behavioral concerns is a challenge for many shelters, so we’re looking to do an assessment of current shelter behavior practices. This survey primarily focuses on dogs,… Learn More

6 tips for recruiting fosters for pets with behavioral needs 

Finding foster caregivers for pets who have behavioral needs can feel daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are six strategies animal welfare organizations across the country are using to do just this!    1. Prioritize “unicorn” fosters who have ideal home set-ups for some of your more challenging pets (people who don’t have children or other pets). Be responsive and treat… Learn More

Prevent surrenders by learning how to resolve common behavioral problems

When people get frustrated with their pet’s behavior, their bond suffers, and if they can’t figure out how to deal with the issue, they may feel that their only option is to surrender their pet to the shelter.   In How to Help People Resolve Some Common Behavior Problems and Keep Their Pets, from Saving Nevada’s Pets Conference: Shelter… Learn More

How to keep pets in homes and out of shelters

Often times, when a pet owner is looking to surrender their pet to a shelter or rescue organization, they are under stress. And most likely, it’s a problem they have been dealing with for a long time and they don’t feel they can solve it. In this new Maddie’s University course, Keeping Pets in Homes, you… Learn More

Think outside the box to get a cat to urinate inside the litter box

This guest post is written by Stefanie Sacripante, Director of NoVa Cats Advocacy, Inc. Sacripante has been using social media to give voice to overlooked adult cats in shelters, rescues, and foster homes in the Northern Virginia region since 2014. When cats urinate in places other than the litterbox and once medical issues are ruled… Learn More

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Shelter dog behavior assessments not reliable, reports ASPCA

This post originally ran on June 28, 2018. We wanted to share again because we think this topic is very important.  An in-shelter behavior assessment is not a reliable way to determine whether dogs will or won’t be safe in adoptive homes, reports a new ASPCA position statement. Instead, such evaluations need to be based… 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

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