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!
Learn how to get it right during the first hour a pet comes into contact with shelter or rescue personnel.
Check out information to create a successful adoption program that is both innovative and effective.
Learn effective and reliable methods of evaluating temperament and behavior in dogs and cats.
Learn more about successful development strategies on a shoe-string budget.
Learn how to best care for and increase your live release rates.
Learn from the experts how to community-based initiatives to find lifesaving alternatives for community cats.
Learn how to build excellent customer service skills to change the public’s perception of shelters and rescues.
Learn to create change through municipal legislation, animal control, community programs and agency collaboration
Learn how to control the movement of animals through your shelter to avoid infectious disease and stress.
Learn how a good foster program can expand shelter capacity without requiring additional space or staff.
Learning how to do this well is an enormous boon to the organization and its mission.
Learn how to operate as a business and a professional, well-oiled machine.
Well-written standard operating procedures and guidelines for care are absolutely essential.
Learn about shelter medicine, focusing on both the prevention and treatment of health and behavior.
Shelters and rescues require excellent leadership, training, professional development and engagement.
Learn how veterinary care staff can improve their practices to provide the best care possible to your patients.