Maddie's® Medium and Large Dog Foster Apprenticeship

July 5 - 8 and August 16 - 19, 2017

Maddie's® Medium and Large Adult Dog Foster Program Apprenticeship at Austin Pets Alive! and Austin Animal Center

Want to create a foster program designed to save more lives? Then the Maddie's® Dog Foster Program Apprenticeship is for you! Learn how to develop, implement and manage a robust foster program to increase lifesaving efforts in your community. This apprenticeship will teach you how to start a foster program, or increase the capacity of your existing program, through the effective use of volunteers. Attendees to this apprenticeship will learn how to set up and run a comprehensive foster program.

  • Field trip and day outings
  • Overnight and weekend fostering
  • Temporary emergency fostering during space crises
  • Adoption-focused fostering to reduce length of stay
  • Barrier-free fostering for every shelter dog
  • Longer term foster placement for special needs dogs

Who Should Apply?
This apprenticeship opportunity is for shelter/rescue organization directors, staff and volunteers who are interested in learning how to be the most effective at implementing this type of program in their organization. Organizations with limited staff and financial resources are especially encouraged to apply, as the programs taught may actually reduce operating costs.

How Does it Work?
This apprenticeship is five days, plus travel. Interns will spend five days at Austin Pets Alive! and Austin Animal Center in Austin, Texas. Lessons include building your foster program, recruitment and retention of foster families, building a support system, formulating data tracking methods, designing marketing and fundraising campaigns and everything else to help you start or grow your foster program.

A $1,500 stipend to cover travel and lodging will be awarded to the organization of each student chosen.

Applications May 19 - June 2, 2017 - Application Closed

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