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!


  • Stress is Sabotaging Your Cat Adoption Efforts

    February 2016

    It’s well known that cat health is quickly and negatively impacted by stress. But is it also making it harder for them to get adopted? Learn strategies to identify those effects not only in individual cats, but in the entire population of cats in a facility.
  • Stress is Sabotaging Your Dog Adoption Efforts

    January 2016

    Are dogs in shelters developing health and behavior problems because of stress? And does that make adoption more difficult and less likely for those pets? Learn to recognize the harmful effects of stress on sheltered dogs, and strategies to alleviate that stress in this free webcast.
  • 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.

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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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  • A day in the life of a kitten nursery

    February 09, 2016

    A growing number of animal shelters are adopting innovative programs like kitten foster networks and in-shelter kitten nurseries, allowing them to save lives they once had little hope for. If you think caring for these tiny, vulnerable lives is hard work, you’re right. But it may also be one of the most inspiring, rewarding tough […] Learn More
  • ‘Animal Sheltering’ website gets a new look, expanded mission

    February 04, 2016

    New resources and a fresh new face will greet visitors to the newly-launched website at! Billed as “a welcoming digital space for you to access our lifesaving tools with ease,” the site features tools that will let you: Reduce the number of animals entering your shelter and rescue groups Ensure access to veterinary care […] Learn More

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