New partnership making 1 million a modest ambition for shelter cats

April 7, 2017

B.J. Rogers is vice-president of ProLearning for the ASPCA. Earlier this year he wrote a post about the power of working together—and about collaboration as a key to increased impact. In this guest post, he's sharing news of a brand-new partnership whose aim is just that. Nothing like getting to walk the walk! In an… Learn More


When it comes to saving animals’ lives, think collaboration not competition

August 17, 2016

Do you ever find yourself trying to come up with new ideas or wishing you had another "you" in your position at your shelter or rescue? Someone you can bounce ideas off of, share experiences with, and even learn from? Believe it or not, you can! How? By connecting with those in your same position… Learn More


Getting to No-Kill, Different Communities, Different Models NKLA: Los Angeles, California

Brenda Barnette, Francis Battista, Aimee Gilbreath, Marc PeraltaJuly 17, 2015

What is the "secret sauce” that created No-kill Los Angeles’ rapid success? Come learn how Best Friends’ NKLA initiative formed public/private partnerships, created a strong coalition, and broke through misconceptions to save many more lives in L.A. Learn More


Getting to No-Kill, Different Communities, Different Models - Austin, Texas

Dr. Ellen Jefferson and Tawney HammondJuly 17, 2015

As the largest no-kill city in the country, Austin Texas, knows how to turn things around. Find out how they did it! Learn More


How to Win Friends and Influence Lifesaving through Coalitions and Alliances

Barbara Brown, Francis Battista and Arlyn BradshawJuly 17, 2015

Learn how to leverage allied and rival organizations toward a common goal. You can accomplish great things with the strength of active, united coalitions, find out how in this presentation! Learn More


Alternatives to Intake: When the Shelter Isn’t the Answer

Wiley Stem, IIIApril 2015

What if your city wanted to stop euthanizing community cats in the shelter, and decided to try something bold? And what if all the animal control officers, rescue groups and community members came together to make it work? Learn More


Rescuing Dogs from the Euthanasia List

Palmer NeuhausFebruary 2015

Fifty percent of the dogs in Austin, Texas were dying in 2008 when Austin Pets Alive! began saving lives. The rescue team had merely one- to two-hours to go through the euthanasia list, choose animals and save them before their time was up. Learn how the rescue team evaluated and chose dogs. Learn More


Everybody Wins: Learn How to Change the Way Animal Groups and Veterinarians Work Together

Christie KeithAugust 2014

Have the words "veterinarians are only in it for the money" crossed your mind or lips? If you volunteer or work for an animal rescue group, have you ever passed up pulling a treatable pet from a shelter because you weren't sure you could find affordable treatment? If you run a shelter, have you ever wondered why local veterinarians don't want to participate in your programs? Learn More


Shelters Embrace New Model for Saving Orphaned Kittens

April 2013

The Jacksonville Humane Society in Jacksonville, FL, and California's San Diego Humane Society and SPCA talk about the emerging model of operating kitten nurseries to provide round-the-clock care for kittens in a shelter environment. Learn More


Common Ground: Shared Goals, Respect for Differences Boost Lifesaving for Portland Area Pets

Britta BavarescoJanuary 2013

The ten-member Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland (ASAP) has been able to reduce euthanasia by 65% in 2006 and save every healthy shelter dog and cat in the Portland metro area, thanks to a shared commitment, trust, and lifesaving objective. Learn More


Community Cat Advocacy through a Lawmaker’s Eyes: Tips from Jennifer Fearing

Jennifer FearingAugust 2012

Maddie’s Institute spoke with Jennifer Fearing, California Senior State Director for the Humane Society of the United States, about how learning to see the community cat issue through a lawmaker’s eyes can lead to success. Learn More


Working the System

January 2010

Moving pets quickly from municipal shelters to adoption partners and into new homes has helped increase lifesaving in New York City from 37% in 2003 to 74% in 2009. Learn More


What is the Role of a Veterinarian in Animal Shelters? Editorial

Richard Avanzino2007

Shelter veterinarians need to do far more than spay/neuter. Learn More


The Case for Collaboration Editorial

Richard Avanzino2006

Why Maddie's Fund thinks collaboration is the fastest and most effective way to build a no-kill community. Learn More


Mediation Report


Turf wars, policy disagreements and other kinds of conflict are common among coalitions. In Gainesville, Florida, one coalition turned to mediation to ease the tensions. Learn More


In the Beginning: The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals

Jane Hoffman2003

The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals sprang from a mutual desire by the New York City Bar Association's Animal Law Committee, over a hundred animal welfare organizations, and the newly elected administration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg to make New York a no-kill city. Learn More


Working with Animal Welfare Organizations: A Veterinarian's Perspective

Barbara Monaghan, DVM2003

Working with animal welfare organizations can be trying for a veterinarian. Dr. Barbara Monaghan offers advice on how to change the dynamic. Learn More


Working with Private Practice Veterinarians: A Shelter Worker's Perspective

Lynne Fridley2003

Here are five great ideas animal welfare organizations can employ to get the help they need from private practice veterinarians. Learn More


Getting More Veterinarians Involved Editorial

Rich Avanzino2002

Working with private practice veterinarians to build a a community-wide safety net of care. Learn More


Building a Successful Coalition

Gregory Castle, No More Homeless Pets in Utah2001

Gregory Castle of Best Friends Animal Society pulled together a statewide coalition of animal welfare organizations in 2000. Here are his 12 cardinal rules of collaboration. Learn More


Coalitions Take Animal Welfare Groups to the Next Level: How the Metroplex Animal Coalition Is Doing It

Elaine Munch2001

If animal welfare groups keep doing things the same old way, they'll get the same old result. Coalitions can provide new leadership, new approaches and new visibility. Learn More


Incorporating the Community

Patricia Sherman2001

Bringing schools, merchants, police, social services and veterinarians on board helps build a no-kill community. Learn More


It Takes a Community

Nathan Winograd2001

According to Nathan Winograd, achieving no-kill takes more than a change in shelter policy – it requires a commitment from the entire community. Learn More