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Foster Programs Articles 

A good foster program can greatly expand shelter capacity without requiring additional space or staff. Some shelters have such good programs that 50% of their intake (as many as 3,000 animals) go directly into foster. Find out how they do it in the articles and presentations below.

Caring for Orphaned Kittens: A How-To Guide for Shelters

April 2013
Based on years of personal experience, Maddie's Fund Director of Veterinary Programs Laurie Peek, DVM, provides a step-by-step guide to caring for orphaned kittens, including how to recognize, avoid and respond to the most common threats they face.  Read More

Foster Care Volunteers are Lifesavers

2009
The Seattle Humane Society wanted to remain an open door private shelter, but the number of pets coming in exceeded the space it had to properly care for them. The solution: ask the community to help foster. The result: 3,001 dogs and cats in foster care in FY2008-2009.  Read More

Maddie's Shelter Medicine Conference

November 2009
On October 23 and 24, 2009, University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine hosted the second annual Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Conference in Gainesville, Florida. Eight power point presentations from the conference are available for viewing. They include: transitioning to adoption guarantee, creating a pet evaluation matrix, top adoption and marketing strategies and foster care.  Read More

Fostering Kittens

2000
An old pro passes on invaluable information for feeding, cleaning and socializing baby felines.  Read More

Fostering Shelter Dogs

2000
Fostering shelter dogs is a fun and rewarding experience for the whole family.  Read More