Are short-term foster programs for shelter cats beneficial or problematic?

Join Dr. Kristyn Vitale on Thursday, February 9 at 12:00PM PT/3:00PM ET as she presents the findings from her shelter cat foster program study. During this Maddie’s® Insights webcast, “Short-Term Foster Programs for Shelter Cats: Beneficial or Problematic?,” attendees will learn more about the study and how to apply the findings of the research to… Learn More

#BeAHelper, a new PSA campaign focused on keeping pets and people together

Maddie’s Fund®, together with The Ad Council and The Humane Society of the United States have launched a new campaign, “Pets and People Together,” a fully integrated public service announcement (PSA) campaign, to inspire pet lovers everywhere to #BeAHelper. Ninety-seven percent of pet owners consider their pet to be family. At any given time, anyone may… Learn More

Take a look at the results of the Foster Plea Survey

In November 2021, Maddie’s Fund® launched and distributed the Foster Plea Survey. The Survey’s objective was to establish baseline data on how and when internal foster pleas are being sent to foster volunteers. Internal foster pleas are non-public queries to an organization’s existing foster base to acquire foster homes for specific pets or groups of pets.… Learn More

Two former animal shelter youth volunteers share the impact it had on them

This is the second in a post in a two-part series by Erin Ellis, Community Engagement Director of Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe (HSTT) about their youth volunteer program. This post highlights two former youth volunteers in a “Where are they now?” fashion. Read the first post.  At Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe (HSTT), we had no… Learn More

Why one animal shelter lowered the volunteer age to 8-years-old

This guest post is the first in a two-part series by Erin Ellis, Community Engagement Director of Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe (HSTT) about their youth volunteer program and the impact it’s had since its inception in 2008.  At the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe (HSTT), we have always strived to have a very inclusive volunteer program.… Learn More

We’re halfway through the We Foster Challenge!

We’re halfway through the #WeFosterChallenge! We’ve loved following along on social media to see organizations from across the country growing their foster bases and getting more pets into homes. Even if you’re not participating in the challenge, you can still follow along for inspiration and ideas. Shout out to Philly Paws for being over a… Learn More

How your pet foster program can provide support for foster caregivers

This post originally ran in August 2020. It’s always in-style to focus on retaining and appreciating your foster caregivers.  Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic, shelters have been cleared out and foster homes have been filled. While it is truly the silver lining to this all, foster programs have been learning and pivoting in ways to… Learn More

Watch any of the We Foster Huddles on-demand

Whether you missed one or want to re-watch for some tangible ideas, you can watch any of the four We Foster Huddles on-demand at your convenience! Below is the lineup. If you have questions or want access to resources mentioned on any of them, head over to Maddie’s® Pet Forum where you’ll find everything you… Learn More

Share your best foster resources with your peers!

Every month, Maddie’s® Pet Forum conducts resource drives. This month the focus is on foster care! These resources can be an invaluable tool for your organization. No need to reinvent the wheel when someone else has already done it! Are you looking for inspiration for a new foster handbook? We got you covered. Looking for… Learn More

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