July 19 - 20 and August 9 - 10, 2017
Are you passionate about feline welfare? Do you want to defend the lives of feral and semi-feral cats by implementing a sustainable, lifesaving program in your community? If so, our Barn Cat Apprenticeship may be just for you!
The Barn Cat Program at Austin Pets Alive!
APA! places hundreds of barn cats each year. APA! Barn Cats come from animal control. These cats cannot be adopted as traditional pets, are not eligible for Trap Neuter Return and, for one reason or another, cannot be returned to their original outdoor habitat, which is always preferable. Without this program, feral cats would be euthanized at local animal control facilities.
Instead, these cats are sterilized, vaccinated, microchipped, and adopted to families who appreciate 'working cats' for critter patrol and can provide a safe, appropriate environment such as a barn, stable, garage, or warehouse.
The Barn Cat Program is a win-win for both the cats and adopters! Cats enjoy safe outdoor homes with a caregiver, and adopters enjoy having healthy, sterilized cats happily tending to their property.
Who Should Apply?
These apprenticeship opportunities are for shelter/rescue organization directors, staff and volunteers who are interested in learning how to be most effective at implementing this type of program in their organization.
How Does it Work?
The Barn Cat Apprenticeship is three days, plus travel. Students will receive three inspiring days at Austin Pets Alive! in Austin, Texas packed with information that will provide a fresh and exciting outlook on how to foster hope, health and happiness for their feral and semi-feral cat programs.
A $1,500 stipend to cover travel and lodging will be awarded to the organization of each student chosen. When selected, students are required to read and watch these online materials before going to APA!.
Applications May 19 - June 2, 2017
Dates and Number of Candidates
Apprenticeship programs will run July 19 - 20 and August 9 - 10, 2017. A total of four apprentices will be selected, two per month. Dates will be determined based on availability of the selected candidates. Student candidates may select a first and second choice for their availability. Candidate assignments will be determined on a first come first served basis.
How to Apply
Applications are accepted May 19 - June 2, 2017 for both months.