Maddie's® Matchmaker Apprenticeship

October 5 - 7 and November 9 - 11, 2017

Maddie's® Matchmaker Apprenticeship at Austin Pets Alive!

Are you passionate about reducing length of stay, increasing adoptions and engaging adopters for dogs in your care?

Who Should Apply?
These apprenticeship opportunities are for shelter/rescue organization directors, staff and volunteers who are interested in learning how to be most effective at implementing this type of program in their organization.

How Does it Work?
The Matchmaker Placement Program demonstrates best practices for dog rescue and shelter client service. Learn the principles and practices to allow your organization to adopt out dogs with significant placement challenges.

Students will train with experienced Matchmakers to learn the about the philosophy behind the Matchmaker Placement Program and how to implement it in their own organization. Students will work with the program manager and staff to review each aspect of the Matchmaker Placement program, including:

  • Reviewing, managing, and tracking data about dogs from various sources (shelter notes, playgroup notes, sleepover/field trip notes, etc.).
  • Providing active customer service.
  • Identifying and analyzing any obstacles to adoption.
  • Developing a system to enable clients to identify compatible dogs.
  • Ensuring a safe and productive introduction between dogs and members of the public.

Stipend
A $1,500 stipend to cover travel and lodging will be awarded to the organization of each student chosen. When selected, students will be required to watch the online materials before going to Austin Pets Alive!

Applications July 31 - August 14, 2017 - Application Closed

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