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

This post was originally published in 2019. We are republishing today as foster care is as important as ever.  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… Learn More

Kitten season is coming and we’ve got resources

While we may not be able to provide you with an extra set of hands to bottle feed, we do have plenty resources to help with kitten season. From a kitten marketing toolkit from HeARTs Speak to foster recruitment to kitten care and more, we hope these will help make kitten season a little easier… Learn More

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

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