Maddie’s Institute® Education & Research

Welcome to Maddie's Institute®, a program of Maddie's Fund®, providing cutting edge information to animal welfare professionals and the community at large. Browse our topics, articles, presentations, webcasts, blog posts, research and much more!


  • Getting the Most Out of Shelter Medicine

    December 2015

    Shelter veterinarians are a powerful source of experience, knowledge, training and insight that can guide animal shelters to improvements in every area of animal care. This webcast will take a comprehensive look at the benefits of giving a veterinarian a policy-making role in shelter operations.
  • How to Bust Myths about Community Cats

    October 2015

    How can cat advocates cut through the misleading press releases and propaganda to combat proposed laws that seek to end lifesaving neuter-return programs and other cat-friendly efforts? With science, data and facts!
  • What to Do About Ear Problems in Dogs

    June 2015

    Itching, pain and infection in the ears can be a major hindrance to finding a home for a shelter or fostered dog. That's because the suffering these symptoms cause can affect a dog's personality, as well as raise concern in potential adopters about the difficulty of treating ear problems. Resolving the condition, however, can be difficult for shelters and rescue groups, too. What can they do to help these dogs?

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  • Shelter and Rescue Data

    Tracking numbers is key to the success of any animal welfare organization. Statistics are navigation devices - they tell you where you are, where you've been and what you need to do to get to where you want to go. Additionally, definitions can help guide organizational resource allocation. Statistics and definitions together tell you how well you're fulfilling your lifesaving mission, and help create organizational efficiencies, define goals and priorities; save lives and builds public support. Learn More
  • Survey Results

    Maddie's Institute® has asked shelter and rescue organizations to participate in our surveys. Through these surveys we can design tools and information to better serve you and the animals in your care. Learn what your colleagues have said on a variety of topics from orphaned kitten care to training and development, staff and volunteer engagement, plus much more! Learn More

  • RACE

    Maddie's Institute® is proud to offer continuing education for veterinary professionals through our RACE approved webcasts (live and on-demand). The Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) is one of the four key programs provided by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB). The purpose of the RACE program is to develop and apply uniform standards related to providers and programs of continuing education in veterinary medicine. Learn More
  • CAWA

    Maddie's Institute® also offers Certified Animal Welfare Administrators (CAWA) continuing education through The Society of Animal Welfare Administrators’ Professional Certification Program. CAWA is designed to distinguish the knowledge, skills and achievements of high-level managers working in animal welfare and protection; to support best practices within the profession; and to broaden the understanding among those making hiring decisions and the general public of the specialized qualifications required to successfully lead non-profit organizations and governmental agencies dedicated to animal care. Learn More

  • Heartworm Disease in Dogs and Cats

    This learning track features information from shelter medicine experts on the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of heartworm disease is dogs and cats. The following webcast, presentation and article have corresponding quizzes offering a printable Certificate of Attendance for completion! Learn More
  • Caring for Orphaned Kittens

    This robust learning track is an essential resource to strengthen your shelter or foster care programs to save kitten's lives. We've compiled webcasts, how to videos, articles, blog posts, protocols and more to highlight the latest in shelter medicine to train your workforce. Learn More

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  • Happy Thanksgiving from Maddie’s Fund!

    November 26, 2015

    In gratitude for all you do for the animals, this and every day of the year! Learn More
  • Street cat hits the good life, #ThanksToMaddie!

    November 25, 2015

    Cat minions: You won’t want to miss this important public service announcement from Midori! Humans: For reasons no feline and perhaps not even any canine could comprehend, at this time last year I found myself living on the streets. As a senior cat with kidney disease, this was clearly a crime against felinity. Fortunately kind […] Learn More

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