Maddie's University

We strongly believe in sharing knowledge and resources so that together we can ensure all treatable pets are given the best attention and assistance they deserve.

Through Maddie's® University, we provide advanced, formalized education with credible experts in leadership, lifesaving and foster care to increase awareness of current no-kill best practices and animal care. These programs are engaging, multi-platform learning opportunities. Some might even call them fun. We think you’ll agree.

  • Maddie's® Apprenticeship Program
    A new and exciting opportunity for shelters and rescue organizations to share ideas and strategies to improve lifesaving.
  • Maddie's® Executive Leadership Fellowship
    An intensive professional opportunity for individuals committed to developing and strengthening their knowledge and skill sets in no-kill animal sheltering management and leadership.
  • Flash Classes
    These short, instructional classes cover individual topics that foster care givers encounter while caring for our beloved furry friends. Flash Classes give you all the information you need to provide the best care for your foster pet in a condensed, to-the-point format.
  • Maddie Talks
    We want to hear about your innovative ideas and practices for getting it done! Maddie Talks are meant to provide inspiration to animal welfare in the form of short, motivational "Ted-like Talk" videos that will equip our industry with information and knowledge to further lifesaving.
  • Feline Communication: How to Speak Cat
    This course takes you through the three forms of feline communication: vocalization, body language and scent. Each section provides descriptions of the various forms, along with photos and videos that help you translate what the cat is conveying.
  • Maddie's® Shelter Management Scholarships
    Maddie's® Leadership Program is offering full scholarships to the University of the Pacific Online Animal Shelter Management Certificate Program, a program developed and managed by Humane Network. This program provides knowledge you will need to advance your career in animal sheltering or assume a shelter management role with a focus on maximizing the shelter's lifesaving potential through leadership, program management, community engagement and shelter/clinic operations.
  • Maddie's® Shelter Management Externships and Internships
    Maddie's Fund® is offering shelter management externships and internships to University of the Pacific Shelter Management Certificate Program graduates and current students who have completed at least three of the five program courses. They are designed to provide an opportunity for students to apply their learning in real shelter settings and learn from leaders who have successfully produced lifesaving results.