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!


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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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  • Love cats? You can help shelters save more of them!

    May 05, 2016

    If you love cats and want to see U.S. animal shelters save more of them, be sure they know Maddie’s Fund® has $1,000 for them if they join the Million Cat Challenge! The Million Cat Challenge was founded by Dr. Julie Levy of the Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida and Dr. […] Learn More
  • Writing and photography for great cat adoption profiles

    May 04, 2016

    Ever wonder what makes a great cat adoption profile? Or better yet, how to acquire all the materials needed for one? “There are two main details that are significant and controllable from a marketing standpoint,” Ashley Ferry, cat foster manager for Austin Pets Alive!, said at the recent American Pets Alive! No-Kill Conference. “The cat’s […] Learn More

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