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Adopted pets are rescued by love, saved by shelter medicine

February 9, 2017

If you’ve adopted a pet from an animal shelter or rescue group, you know how powerful the bond is that exists between the pet and their human family. You’re also probably aware of the efforts made by shelter and rescue staff and volunteers to make sure you and your pet found each other. What you… Learn More

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How getting over your fear of ‘technology’ will save animals’ lives

January 26, 2017

When you hear the word “technology,” do you think it has nothing to do with your efforts to save animals? Does the word itself leave you cold? Next month, Maddie’s Fund® CIO Lars Rabbe will be launching a series of posts on how technology is the missing link in finding homes and habitats for the… Learn More

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Remembering Lynda Foro, hero of the early No Kill movement

January 17, 2017

Lynda Foro, who in 1995 created the original No Kill Conference, passed away on December 27, 2016. Foro was an animal lover and not part of the humane movement when she first heard of the concept of “No Kill” in 1992. After visiting an animal sanctuary and educating herself on what was then only a… Learn More

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How one Aha! Moment while driving led to a lifesaving idea for community cats

December 14, 2016

It was an ordinary day as Stacy LeBaron was driving down the road, listening to one of her favorite podcasts about business and financials. Then it struck her – an Aha! Moment, out of nowhere. Her realization? There should be a podcast for community cats. LeBaron had been looking for a way to enhance the… Learn More

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Getting to No Kill: How Austin Did It

Dr. Ellen Jefferson and Ryan ClintonJanuary 2017

Hear the presenters review the decisions that were made, the communication used, the committees that were formed, the work that was divided up and the strategy that brought the City of Austin to no-kill. Learn More

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Advancing the No-Kill Movement through State and Local Politics

Brenda CollierJanuary 2017

Learn how you can make a difference by advancing the No-Kill movement in your area through local and state politics. Learn More

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Breed Restrictions in Housing - Panel Discussion

Tawney Hamond, Scott Giacoppo, Lindsey OrtizJanuary 2017

The panel covers how breed restrictions impact "pitbull" terriers and what can be done to remove or bypass the restrictions. Learn More

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Let's Keep Community Cats in the Community Where They Belong

Alice Burton and Scott GiacoppoJanuary 2017

This workshop will help you reduce your intake and euthanasia numbers while helping you focus on increasing your adoption and live release rate. Learn More

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It may be time to say goodbye to breed labels on all shelter dogs

November 1, 2016

There’s renewed interest in identifying shelter dogs not by breed but by their physical and personality traits. What’s prompted that, and is it an idea whose time has come? The idea itself isn’t new. Some adoption organizations did away with breed labels long ago, with some simply calling them “All American Shelter Dogs.” In fact,… Learn More

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It’s a Happy MaddieCam Birthday on National Cat Day!

October 27, 2016

One of our favorite days – National Cat Day – is just around the corner this Saturday, October 29! Along with bringing attention to cats who need homes, this holiday also marks the one-year anniversary of MaddieCam, where we decided to stream live from Cat Town, America's first cat café. Today, MaddieCam streams live from… Learn More

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How not knowing what you don’t know hurts animals

October 25, 2016

Is not knowing what we don’t know hurting the animals in our care? Recently, APSCAPro published a blog post, “We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know.” It was about how shelter dogs pegged as having “behavior problems” often didn’t have those same behaviors in a foster home. They turned out to be shelter-specific behaviors, and… Learn More

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Got community cats? Best Friends has a book for you – free!

October 18, 2016

Community cats: If you’ve got them, Best Friends wants to help. They’ve written a book covering everything from the ABCs to the rocket science of community cat management, and they’re giving it away as a free download! Topics covered include: The history of the TNR movement The importance of leadership Who in your community is… Learn More

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Don’t think about the animals: How inspiration comes when you’re not paying attention

October 13, 2016

Why would we tell you not to think about the animals? Because as counter intuitive as it may seem, you’ll probably find that spending less time thinking how to do a better job helping animals and more time doing and thinking about nothing in particular can create space for the very insight you need to… Learn More

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Innovative Fostering: Saving More Dogs with Behavioral Challenges

Kristen AuerbachAugust 2016

Has your shelter struggled to achieve live outcomes for dogs who display common behavioral challenges like kennel stress, barrier reactivity and fear-based aggression? Learn how you could turn that around and save more dogs lives. Learn More

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Just say no to the ‘conventional wisdom’: Sherri Franklin’s Aha! journey saving senior dogs

August 9, 2016

How much of the “conventional wisdom” about adoption and foster programs makes sense, and how much of it just keeps your organization from saving as many animals as it could? That was the question on Sherri Franklin’s mind as she first created Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, a San Francisco organization that has saved thousands of… Learn More

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Community Pet Adoption Survey Results - Pet Owner Rehoming

August 2016

Game-changing ‘pet retention’ and ‘safety net’ programs to keep pets in homes are gaining tremendous traction; however, pet relinquishment is still a very common occurrence in our nation’s shelters. In the instances where staying in a home is not possible, to what extent are pet guardians part of the rehoming process? What strategies are being employed to find a new home without having the pet step foot in the shelter? In this survey report, we examined beliefs around ‘pet owner rehoming,’ the extent to which guardians are empowered to find resolutions on their own, and the types of tools organizations provide to support the rehoming process. Learn More

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No-Kill Strategies: Community and Shelter Policies that Work

July 2016

Hear about successful community building policies that resulted in 90% save rates. Learn More

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Moving Forward: Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement

Vincent MedleyJuly 2016

Knowing the talents of individual team members is key to setting them up for success. When a staff member is successful, their programs are usually successful. Learn More

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Aha! Moments in the Deep South: How the Charleston Animal Society turned scandal into lifesaving

July 21, 2016

When the Charleston Animal Society faced a massive scandal after years of high kill rates in the shelter, it might have been the end of the line. Thanks to the courage to recognize and act on its Aha! Moments, the organization and the community it serves have never been more in sync, and the animals… Learn More

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#HeardItAtBestFriends: An ‘in case you missed it’ report from the Best Friends National Conference!

July 18, 2016

Did you miss the Best Friends National Conference in Salt Lake City? Were you there, but couldn’t see everything, or just want to relive the top moments? From a dream for the future to just plain fun, check out these Maddie’s Fund® #HeardItAtBestFriends highlights! We asked people to tell us what the best idea they… Learn More

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Lessons from a Brazilian community dog program

June 14, 2016

Most of us in animal welfare are on board with the concept of community cats — unowned cats who live in neighborhoods, some feral, some social. Can that concept work for dogs, too? It’s not an idea that sits easily with most people. Communities with large numbers of stray dogs in the U.S. are rare,… Learn More

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What animal-loving kids do on their summer vacation

June 1, 2016

What’s better than summer vacation for kids? Summer vacation spending time with and helping animals! If your kids are crazy about animals, and you want to encourage the development of empathy and compassion, summer programs working with homeless pets should be at the top of your family to-do list. Consider these possibilities. Reading programs are… Learn More

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What’s up for animals in Dane County? A Maddie’s grant report

May 24, 2016

Dane County, WI, is a good place for homeless pets, thanks to Maddie and the hard work of local animal adoption organizations. The Maddie's® Pet Rescue Project in Dane County was a seven-year, collaborative effort to end the euthanasia of healthy and treatable shelter animals in the community. Four organizations came together during different periods… Learn More

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Maddie Talks: Aha Moments - Inspirational Speakers Getting it Done

May 2016

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Shelter medicine course opens its webinars to all, #ThanksToMaddie!

February 3, 2016

The University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine’s Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Course invites all shelter veterinarians, shelter professionals, vet students, and community members to join them for their series of free webinars this semester: This lecture series not only discusses concepts key to sheltering but also helps veterinary students, shelter professionals and volunteers, and members… Learn More

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Getting the Most Out of Shelter Medicine

Dr. Cristie Kamiya and Carol NovelloDecember 2015

Shelter veterinarians are a powerful source of experience, knowledge, training and insight that can guide animal shelters to improvements in every area of animal care. This webcast will take a comprehensive look at the benefits of giving a veterinarian a policy-making role in shelter operations.
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No-Kill Progress

Richard AvanzinoNovember 2015

Maddie's Fund® believes we can reach the goal of a no-kill nation now, and countless indicators strongly support the claim.
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Getting It Done: How to Bust Myths about Community Cats with Science

Peter WolfOctober 2015

How can cat advocates cut through the misleading press releases and propaganda to combat proposed laws that seek to end lifesaving neuter-return programs and other cat-friendly efforts? With science, data and facts! Learn More

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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

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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

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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

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Community Pet Adoption Partnerships Survey Results: Stray Kitten Scenario

June 2015

During the Summer of 2014, Maddie’s Institute® conducted a survey to assess strategies that may prevent animals from entering shelter facilities. One such strategy involves asking community members who bring in kittens to care for them until organizational resources are available or they are old enough to be placed for adoption.  This report addresses the extent to which organizations encourage community member care, the frequency of community members who elect to provide care, how organizational resources link to involvement and more.
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Managed Admission: Giving Shelter Cats Their Best Chance at a Great Outcome

Barbara Carr and Kathie JohnsonApril 2015

Not every cat who is presented to a shelter for relinquishment is in need of immediate admission. In many cases, simply knowing that help is available and the shelter can take the cat in the near future is enough to allow the community member to opt for an appointment down the road, when his or her cat can be better cared-for by the shelter. In some cases, supportive management may buy the owner enough breathing room that the cat ends up being able to remain in the current home after all. Learn More

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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

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Revolution Relay: Passing the Baton to the Next Generation of Advocates

Becky RobinsonFebruary 2015

As Alley Cat Allies celebrates its 25th anniversary, Ms. Robinson reflects on the past quarter of a century. Where we were, what we have accomplished and what is yet to be achieved by the next generation! Come celebrate the rescued animals and advocacy accomplishments of the past while we also set our sights on the future. Learn More

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No-Kill Political Advocacy

Ryan ClintonFebruary 2015

Learn how animal advocates in Austin, Texas, put no-kill on the City's public-policy agenda, and how you can do the same for your community.  Topics include writing press releases, strategies for communicating with public officials, learning how to handle opposition and spreading your lifesaving message. Learn More

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Achieving and Sustaining No-kill in a Medium-sized, Open Admission Shelter

Cheryl SchneiderFebruary 2015

Learn how Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter in Texas, an open admission shelter, started on their path to no-kill and how they continue to achieve a high save rate every month. Learn More

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Companion Animal Legislation

Ryan ClintonFebruary 2015

Passing well-crafted legislation can be a key way to change the world for companion animals.  This session covers municipal and state-focused legislative topics including rescue-access laws, city No Kill mandates, banning the gas chambers and regulating puppy mills. Learn More

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Holding Out for a Hero

Becky Robinson and Kayla ChristianoFebruary 2015

The movement to save cats has been gaining steam for 25 years and while TNR and other no-kill initiatives are in the news every day, it can still feel like your community isn’t changing at all. You’re angry and frustrated that your local shelter or animal control impounds and kills healthy animals and you wish someone would step in and fix it. After all, you’re only one person, right? Learn More

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The Little Shelter that Could...and DID!

Sgt. Karl BaileyFebruary 2015

Discover how Sgt. Karl Bailey, with a small staff and a group of committed volunteers, changed a high kill city shelter to no-kill in just 120 seconds - and with a budget of less than $30,000 per year! Learn More

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Beyond Labels: Advocating for all Dogs, with the Love-A-Bull Team - Part 1

Leala Ward-VinsonFebruary 2015

Take a look into the ways that advocacy on individual and community levels can have a positive impact on treating all dogs equally, eliminating breed-related stigmas, abolishing outdated policies and improving the chances for targeted breeds to find homes and their families access to resources. Learn More

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Beyond Labels: Advocating for all Dogs, with the Love-A-Bull Team - Part 2

Megan RansomFebruary 2015

Take a look into the ways that advocacy on individual and community levels can have a positive impact on treating all dogs equally, eliminating breed-related stigmas, abolishing outdated policies and improving the chances for targeted breeds to find homes and their families access to resources. Learn More

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Beyond Labels: Advocating for all Dogs, with the Love-A-Bull Team - Part 3

Lindsey OrtizFebruary 2015

Take a look into the ways that advocacy on individual and community levels can have a positive impact on treating all dogs equally, eliminating breed-related stigmas, abolishing outdated policies and improving the chances for targeted breeds to find homes and their families access to resources. Learn More

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Taking Different Paths to No-Kill

Michael and Pam KitkoskiFebruary 2015

Learn how Rockwall Pets has taken two municipal open-admission shelters to no-kill status in Rockwall County, TX. Each shelter required a different tactic. There's more than one way to get it done! Learn More

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No-Kill Kansas City

Brent ToellnerFebruary 2015

In 2011, the city of Kansas City, MO put out an RFP for private organizations to run the city shelter; a shelter with a long history of being a high-kill shelter. When the deadline for bids passed, there were no bidders to take on the project. So a small group of advocates used the city's 3-week extension to build a business plan to successfully bid on, and take over, the city shelter contract. Learn More

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The Bastrop Experience: The Road to Saving More Lives

Erica Thompson and Amanda SmithFebruary 2015

After a rough first year in 2012, the mostly rural Bastrop County Animal Services in Texas was well on the path to significantly increase their save-rate. Take a look at how they did it. Learn More

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The Law & Liability for Shelters & Rescues

Ryan ClintonFebruary 2015

Learn how shelters and rescue groups can implement strategies to limit their liability for saving lives. Learn More

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Creating and Sustaining a Dog Foster Network

Ann LindholmFebruary 2015

With a viable foster program it's possible to begin transforming your community to no-kill, even if you don't have a shelter. Learn how a one person position grew into a dog foster team of more than 35 volunteers. This team supports a network of over 1,000 approved foster parents. Learn More

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Foster Faster: Growing Your Dog Foster Program

Faith WrightFebruary 2015

Learn how to expand your foster program to save the even harder to place big dogs, often considered "the last 10%". Learn More

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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

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Saving All the Little Dogs: Small Dog Behavior Issues

Faith Wright and Deaven WilsonFebruary 2015

Do you know how many small breed dogs are euthanized in your community shelter?  In Austin, Texas in 2008, it was many more than would have been expected (roughly 500).   Do you know that nearly ALL of them can be saved and although many are marked "aggressive”, they rarely are? Learn More

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Saving Parvo Positive Pups

Katie Kresek and Alexis Bardzinksi, DVMFebruary 2015

Parvovirus is a major killer of dogs and puppies in shelters.  Austin Pets Alive! built the first parvo ward that actively takes parvo-positive dogs from the community and other shelters for treatment and then placement. Learn More

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Medical Treatment for Cats on a Shoestring Budget

Ellen Jefferson, DVM, and Jordana MoerbeFebruary 2015

Austin Pets Alive! Medical Clinic treats thousands of cats a year, many who are straight off of the euthanasia list because of medical conditions such as feline leukemia, FIV, renal disease, hepatic lipidosis, skin problems, viral diseases, and trauma. They save them all and this session is about how they do it.
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Creating and Growing a Successful Cat Foster Program

Ashley FerryFebruary 2015

Fosters often mean the difference between life and death for cats in the shelter. They are essential in addressing overcrowding issues, shelter behavior problems and providing personalized care for medical conditions. Learn More

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Austin Animal Services Stray Cat Return Program

February 2015

Learn about the Austin's progressive program that returns community cats who enter the city shelter as strays back to their environment after spay/neuter.  This workshop will give you the details of the program from intake to release.   Learn More

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Rescuing Cats from the Euthanasia List

Frances Flower, PhDFebruary 2015

Learn how to create a sustainable rescue program that relies solely on volunteers to assess cats on the euthanasia list and save the most lives it can that are out of other options for a live outcome.  Learn More

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How to Create a Successful Barn Cat Program

Monica FrendenFebruary 2015

Often overlooked for rescue, feral and fractious cats can be saved through a progressive Barn Placement Program and given a new lease on life as working cats. Learn how to start a barn program from scratch. Learn More

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How to Start and Grow a Large Bottle Baby Program in Your Community, Part 1

Casandra MensingFebruary 2015

In this is a two-part presentation, you’ll learn how to start and build a bottle baby nursery, plus how to create a foster network for neonates. In Part 1, Casandra Mensing will share her experience running APA!’s Nursery, from its meager beginnings to the groundbreaking phenomenon that it is today. Learn More

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Taking Troubled Tabbies from Naughty to Nice

Sara Cookson and Kristin Hill February 2015

Every rescue encounters troubled cats with issues that go beyond tortitude. The Austin Pet’s Alive! Cat Behavior Team will teach you how to prevent behavior problems before they start. Learn More

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FeLV Without Fear

Steve Okino February 2015

Too often, routine euthanasia is the prescription for cats with the Feline Leukemia Virus. That’s changing. Learn More

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Cat Adoptions 2.0 High Volume Cat Adoptions

Monica FrendenFebruary 2015

Too many cats, not enough adopters? Supersize your cat adoption program! In this Level 2 seminar, you'll learn how to manage a population of hundreds of cats in varying stages of your organization. Learn More

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Volunteer 1.0: Volunteer Recruitment and Engagement

Gerri KapplerFebruary 2015

Austin Pets Alive! is well known for its huge volunteer force (over 2,000 hours per week). But in 2008 APA! started with no funds for staff and relied solely on volunteers to do everything related to saving lives and building a huge organization. How did they do it?  Learn More

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Introducing the Million Cat Challenge - Webcast

Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM and Kate Hurley, DVM, MPVMJanuary 2015

Every cat counts. That's the premise of the Million Cat Challenge, a joint campaign of the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program and the Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida. Learn More

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Secrets to Pet Foster Program Success

Sherri Franklin, Laurie Routhier, Marie Macaspac November 2014

What if your shelter or rescue group had a long list of people wanting to foster pets for you? What if you had a great system in place to recruit, train, reward and manage those foster homes? What if you had a whole army of people to help get those pets ready for adoption? Learn More

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Shelter Medicine Changes Everything

October 2014

In this short documentary film, Maddie's Fund takes a look at how shelter medicine arrived at this moment in time, the role Maddie's Fund played in that journey, and what the future holds for shelters, shelter veterinarians, and the animals whose lives are in their care. Learn More

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Treating the Treatables: Saving Lives Through Medical Protocols, Foster Care and Proactive Thinking

Elizabeth Berliner, DVM, MA, DABVP (Canine/Feline Practice)September 2014

Does your shelter or rescue group have medical protocols in place to care for your pets and for your fostered dogs and cats? Foster programs are critical if we want to help more pets who are facing treatable medical conditions, and to expand the capacity of a community to care for its homeless pets. Learn More

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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

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Critical Care of the Sick Neonatal Kitten

Elizabeth J. Thomovsky, MS, DVM, DACVECC March 2014

Neonatal kittens' lives are fragile under the best of circumstances, and that fragility increases when they are orphaned or sick. How can shelter veterinarians, and those working with kitten nursery programs or rescue groups, provide the best care for this population? Learn More

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Community Solutions for Community Cats, Part 1

Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM and Shaye Olmstead October 2013

Operation Catnip's proactive "litter prevention" program performs 3,000 trap-neuter-return (TNR) surgeries each year for community cats using monthly high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter clinics capable of sterilizing more than 200 cats in a single day. This program was instrumental in reducing cat euthanasia at the local shelter from 81% to 42% over 13 years. In 2012, the program was expanded to include a reactive "shelter-neuter-return" program targeting the cats most at risk of immediate euthanasia: adult impounded strays. By neutering and returning these shelter cats to their neighborhoods, cat euthanasia plummeted to 13% in 2012, making Alachua County the safest place to be a cat in Florida. Learn More

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Community Solutions for Community Cats, Part 2

Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM and Shaye Olmstead October 2013

Operation Catnip's proactive "litter prevention" program performs 3,000 trap-neuter-return (TNR) surgeries each year for community cats using monthly high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter clinics capable of sterilizing more than 200 cats in a single day. This program was instrumental in reducing cat euthanasia at the local shelter from 81% to 42% over 13 years. In 2012, the program was expanded to include a reactive "shelter-neuter-return" program targeting the cats most at risk of immediate euthanasia: adult impounded strays. By neutering and returning these shelter cats to their neighborhoods, cat euthanasia plummeted to 13% in 2012, making Alachua County the safest place to be a cat in Florida. Learn More

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Face-to-Face with Feral Freedom: Saving Community Cats

Rick DuCharmeOctober 2013

Feral Freedom is an innovative program that has decreased feline shelter euthanasia between 25% and 50% in every shelter in which it has been fully implemented. This talk, given by Rick DuCharme, Founder and Executive Director of First Coast No More Homeless Pets, presents an overview of the Feral Freedom program. Learn More

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Outstanding Animal Control Programs: Moving Toward No-Kill

Scott Trebatoski, MBA, ACO, CET, QETIOctober 2013

Jacksonville Animal Care & Protective Services has made significant improvements towards no-kill animal control while suffering drastic budget cuts. In 2007 JACPS had an 81% euthanasia rate with a $5 million budget and 62 team members; by 2012 the euthanasia rate had been reduced to 31% while the budget was chopped to $3 million and staff to 44. Learn More

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Saving More Kittens with Kitten University

Jennifer Broadhurst, DVMOctober 2013

Dr. Jennifer Broadhurst, Director of Operations at the Jacksonville Humane Society, discusses protocols and procedures in place for their kitten nursery, known as Kitten University. This talk was part of the Maddie's Shelter Medicine Conference track of the 2013 No More Homeless Pets National Conference. Learn More

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Shelter Based Feral Freedom

Joe ElmoreOctober 2013

Feral Freedom return-to-field programs are quickly becoming the gold standard for community cat management in progressive communities nationwide. In Charleston County, South Carolina, animal organizations have implemented the Feral Freedom strategy as a collaboration of local organizations and animal control agencies, affirmed by ordinances created to reinforce this strategy to save more lives and reduce intake. Learn More

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Orphaned Kitten Survey Results

September 2013

Orphaned kittens are the most fragile of homeless animals, and many shelters consider it too resource-intensive to care for them. For that reason, they often make up the largest single group of animals euthanized at many shelters. We surveyed shelters and rescue organizations to gather data on: care and housing, prevalence of health issues, training given to individuals who provide care, and challenges organizations may face in providing care for kittens. Learn More

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Making the Case for a Paradigm Shift in Community Cat Management, Part Two

Kate Hurley, DVM, MPVM; Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM; Richard Avanzino; Jon Cicirelli; Holly SizemoreJuly 2013

In Part Two of Making the Case for a Paradigm Shift in Community Cat Management, Maddie's InstituteSM will present some of the nation's leading experts on animal sheltering and community cats in a comprehensive Q&A panel discussion on the information in Dr. Hurley's webcast. Learn More

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How to Start a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) Program in Your Community

Jesse OldhamJuly 2013

The presentation covers a basic overview of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs, and explores how TNR programs might differ depending on who is implementing them, the resources available in a community and the desired program outcomes. Learn More

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Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to Target Spay/Neuter Efforts

Janet M. Scarlett, DVM, MPH, PhDJuly 2013

Large numbers of kittens entering shelters continue to be a major problem for many shelters. Geographic information systems (GIS) technology can be used to identify geographic areas that repeatedly are a source of kittens. Learn More

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Making the Case for a Paradigm Shift in Community Cat Management, Part One

Kate Hurley, DVM, MPVMJune 2013

Are common cat sheltering and animal control policies helping cats? Are they humane? Effective? Not according to Dr. Kate Hurley, Director of the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program.  Learn More

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Free to Roam: A Small City's New Policy that Saves Feline Lives and Tax Payer Money

May 2013

Healthy community cats are no longer accepted at the municipal animal shelter in Chico, California, and the change has led to more lives – and dollars – saved. Learn More

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How to Sell Policymakers on Fee-Waived Adoption

Jeannette PetersMay 2013

It’s been proven that free pet adoptions save lives, but some communities prohibit the practice. Animal advocates in Alachua County, Florida persuaded their County Commissioners to change their restrictive policy with patience, personal relationships, research and statistics. Learn More

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Shelter Veterinarian Takes on Challenge at Beleaguered Texas Animal Control Agency

May 2013

Former shelter medicine resident Dr. Cate McManus is using her expertise to help change the management practices at a municipal animal control facility and double the shelter’s live release rate. Learn More

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Orphaned Kitten Care - How to Videos

Laurie Peek, DVM and Heidi Beyer, CVTApril 2013

These short videos will provide essential care instructions for orphaned kittens. Whether you are a seasoned foster parent or just getting started saving these orphaned baby lives, these videos will guide you through the basics. Learn More

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Caring for Orphaned Kittens: A How-To Guide for Shelters

Laurie Peek, DVMApril 2013

Based on years of personal experience, Maddie's Fund Director of Veterinary Programs Laurie Peek, DVM, provides a step-by-step guide to caring for orphaned kittens, including how to recognize, avoid and respond to the most common threats they face. Learn More

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From Helpless Newborn to Skilled Acrobat: Feline Development and the Orphaned Kitten

Susan Krebsbach, DVMApril 2013

Kittens may start out tiny and helpless, but they rapidly develop into some of nature's most agile and active creatures. Making sure they grow up with their social and behavioral needs met is as important as making sure their physical needs are fulfilled, says Susan Krebsbach, DVM. Learn More

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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

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Orphaned Kittens

Ellen Jefferson, DVM and Heidi Beyer, CVTMarch 2013

In this two-part webcast, Dr. Jefferson discusses her organization's kitten nursery and foster-based care program while Heidi Beyer, CVT, gives foster caregivers a leg up with practical tips for orphaned kitten care. Learn More

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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

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Feline Shelter Intake Reduction Program FAQs

Kate Hurley, DVM, MPVM and Dr. Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIMJanuary 2013

Is it a good idea to stop admitting community cats into shelters? Yes, if admission equals death. That's the view of two of the nation’s acknowledged leaders on community cat health and policy, the University of Florida’s Julie Levy, DVM and UC Davis’ Kate Hurley, DVM. Learn More

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Common Elements of No-Kill Success

November 2012

Maddie’s Fund asked seventeen no-kill community leaders what they considered to be the key elements of their success. Marketing/PR and Adoption Specials topped the list. Learn More

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Getting to No-Kill by 2015

November 2012

More people are adopting from shelters and fewer pets are dying. These and other positive trends drive Maddie’s optimism for achieving no-kill by 2015. Learn More

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Saving Neonatal Kittens

Ellen Jefferson, DVMAugust 2012

Austin Pets Alive's Bottle Baby Program saves over 1,000 kittens per year that would otherwise be euthanized due to the high needs of orphaned baby kittens. Learn More

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Saving the Bottom 50%

Ellen Jefferson, DVMAugust 2012

How Austin Pets Alive! (APA) changed the face of shelter euthanasia at the city shelter by tackling difficult shelter medical issues. Knowing it would not be as simple as just saving more of the easy-to-save animals, APA examined the specific types of animals being euthanized and developed targeted programs for these groups to enable a live outcome. Learn More

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Shelter Crowd Control: Keeping Community Cats Out of Shelters Presentation

Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIMAugust 2012

While innovative strategies are saving lives across the country, euthanasia rates for stray and feral cats remain stubbornly high in many communities. This presentation will explore the magnitude of the community cat population problem and redefine definitions for "home" and "rescue". Learn More

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Maddie's Fund President Rich Avanzino Shares a New Perspective on Community Cats

Rich AvanzinoAugust 2012

Rich Avanzino talks about the issue of community cats and offers a solution. Learn More

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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

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Community Cat Advocates Need a Messaging Makeover: An Interview with Becky Robinson

Becky RobinsonAugust 2012

Alley Cat Allies’ Becky Robinson has been in the trenches of community cat advocacy all over the country. She thinks it’s time we changed our approach to that advocacy, and shares her thoughts on what she believes will be an effective new direction for people trying to get community support for cat-friendly public policies. Learn More

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Community Cats: A Shelter Director’s Evolution

Barbara Carr, Executive Director, Erie County SPCAAugust 2012

Once upon a time, Barbara Carr believed feral cats lived short, miserable lives, and the kindest thing she could do for them was put them out of their misery. Today, the director of the Erie County SPCA believes the opposite, and is throwing her organization’s resources into saving their lives, not taking them. Find out how history, research, data, and experience all came together to turn a skeptic into a community cat advocate, and how you can change minds and policy in your region the same way. Learn More

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High-Quality, High-Volume Spay/Neuter for Community Cats

Kathleen Makolinski, DVMAugust 2012

Free-roaming cats have a variety of temperaments, and those who are "feral” need special consideration when performing anesthesia and spay/neuter. It is important to minimize the cat’s stress and maximize safety for the humans who are providing medical care. Learn More

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How to Work With Municipalities to Save Community Cats

Rick DuCharme, Founder and Director of First Coast No More Homeless PetsAugust 2012

Do you ever feel like your local government agencies and officials just won’t listen when you try to talk to them about progressive community cat policies? Maybe it’s not them, but you. Rick DuCharme of First Coast No More Homeless Pets in Jacksonville, FL, explains how the power of relationships led to one of the nation’s most successful community cat programs, and what steps you need to follow to build effective working relationships with the decision-makers in your community. Hint: It involves doughnuts. Learn More

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Tips for Working with Local Lawmakers: An Interview with Ryan Clinton

August 2012

Ryan Clinton shares the strategy for working with local lawmakers that helped Austin, TX, set an aggressive no-kill goal for their city – which has been saving more than 90% of its animals for more than a year now. Learn More

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Getting to the Treatables

Barbara CarrMay 2012

There is nothing like actually doing something to convince you that it can be done! That's what Erie County, New York, found out when they set out to save all their community's treatable pets, and saved 65 percent of them in a single year. Cats with chronic urinary tract infections, pets with diabetes - and yes, a paraplegic pit bull. They did it, and so can you. Learn More

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Successfully Marketing Treatable Dogs and Cats

Bonney BrownMay 2012

Nevada Humane Society Director, Bonney Brown, tells you about using everything but the kitchen sink to creatively market harder-to-place pets at the 2012 HSUS Animal Care EXPO. (On second thought, maybe she mentions the kitchen sink, too.) You'll have your local news media eating out of your hands - we guarantee it! Learn More

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Three Paws Down and They Are Out the Door – Lessons Learned to Treat the Treatables and Increase Your Lifesaving Efforts

Barbara Hanek, DVMMay 2012

It's great to talk about treating the treatables, but where do you start? What does it mean on a day to day, or even hour to hour, basis? Find out how Dr. Barbara Hanek, Director of Shelter Medicine for PAWS Chicago, has used common sense, dedication, and team work to get some of the community's sickest, most vulnerable pets healthy and into loving homes. Learn More

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One Good Story Can Raise Funds to Save Lives

Bonney BrownMay 2012

Bonney Brown, Executive Director of the Nevada Humane Society, capitalizes on the stories of special needs animals to find the pets homes, underwrite their care, pay for the rehabilitation of nearly all the treatable dogs and cats in the shelter, and generate more awareness and financial support for the entire organization. Learn More

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Expanding Lifesaving in Spite of Slashed Budgets

Rich AvanzinoMarch 2012

The economic crisis in America has forced animal shelters to look at options they might not have considered in the past. In this provocative video, Maddie's Fund president Rich Avanzino asks "What if?" animal control agencies were to no longer take community cats or owner surrenders if they are at capacity - an idea that if carried out, could radically save lives. Learn More

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71% of Americans Favor No-Kill Editorial

Richard AvanzinoFebruary 2012

Maddie’s Fund President Rich Avanzino makes a compelling argument for transparency, and charges that the impulse for secrecy in animal welfare counters lifesaving progress. Learn More

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Feline URI in Your Shelter? Have a 'Cats With Colds' Clearance!

February 2012

A great idea became a winning marketing tool at the Dane County Humane Society - and found new homes for cats with colds. Learn More

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Shelter Crowd Control: Keeping Community Cats Out of Shelters Webcast

Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIMJanuary 2012

Do you want to stop the tragic deaths of shelter cats, and cut your shelter's cat intake dramatically and almost overnight? Want to practice high-volume, high-quality spay/neuter and disease management on cats? How about learning how to get your community - including municipal government - on board with trap-neuter-return programs? Want evidence that such programs can actually work to reduce the population of community cats, prevent the spread of disease, and save resources and money for local shelters? Learn More

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Expanding Lifesaving Despite Slashed Budgets Editorial

Rich Avanzino2012

Maddie's Fund President Rich Avanzino has some unexpected ideas on how to forge ahead with lifesaving progress when animal control budgets are cut. Learn More

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Our Hearts Are Ready: Are Our Shelters? Editorial

Rich AvanzinoOctober 2011

It's a deadly mistake for shelters to assume that animal lovers won't open their hearts and homes to the most challenging cases in their care. Learn More

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Marketing Treatable Pets - Every Creature Has a Story

Bonney BrownMay 2011

Get the scoop on using everything but the kitchen sink to creatively market harder-to-place pets. (On second thought, maybe you'll be using the kitchen sink, too.) You'll have your local news media eating out of your hands – we guarantee it! Learn More

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Providing Behavioral Care for Treatable Dogs and Cats - Easier and Cheaper Than You Think

Sheila Segurson D'Arpino, DVM, DACVBMay 2011

Think you can't afford to treat the behavior problems of dogs and cats in your shelter? Think it's too difficult and time-consuming? Dr. D'Arpino walks through easy, cost-effective methods that have saved thousands of animal lives. Learn More

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Saving Treatable Pets - From Skeptic to Believer

Barbara CarrMay 2011

There's nothing like actually doing something to convince you that it can be done! That's what Erie County, New York, found out when they set out to save all their community's treatable pets, and saved 65 percent of them in a single year. Cats with chronic urinary tract infections, pets with diabetes – and yes, a paraplegic pit bull. They did it, and so can you. Learn More

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The Nuts and Bolts of Treating the Treatables

Barbara Hanek, DVMMay 2011

It's great to talk about "treating the treatables," but where do you start? What does it mean on a day by day, or even hour by hour, basis? Find out how one shelter medicine director has used common sense, dedication, and team work to get some of the community's sickest, most vulnerable pets healthy and into loving homes. Learn More

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Dr. Barbara Hanek's Incredible Journey: A Shelter Medicine Veterinarian Tells Her Story

April 2011

A look at how a Chicago veterinarian made the change from private practice to shelter medicine – and why she'll never go back! Learn More

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Humane Society Silicon Valley: Going the Extra Mile for Animals in Need

January 2011

Saving animals with treatable health and behavior conditions is the focus of this Northern California animal shelter. Learn More

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Building a No-Kill Community

Suzanne KogutMay 2010

The path to no-kill is riddled with obstacles. Perhaps none are more difficult than your organization's own Board, staff and volunteers. Listen to the Charlottesville-Albermarle SPCA’s story. Learn More

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How Shelter Medicine is Helping Create a No-Kill Nation

Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIMMay 2010

Veterinarians specializing in shelter medicine are solving puzzles as complicated as controlling fatal disease outbreaks to devising simple practices to control stress and promote welfare. Find out how shelter medicine programs can help you reach your life-saving goals. Learn More

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Moving to Adoption Guarantee

Robin Robertson StarrMay 2010

For a successful transition to adoption guarantee sheltering, start with strategic planning. Lay out a philosophy and be true to it. Incorporate the community and always ignore the naysayers. Learn More

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Providing for Community Cats

Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM and Jan Scarlett, DVM, MPH, PhDMay 2010

It's been estimated there are as many as 40 million feral and free-roaming cats in the US. Find out how shelters can help protect those cats and reduce the strain on a shelter's housing and resources at the same time. Learn More

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The Next Challenge: Sustaining No-Kill Communities

Abigail Smith, Jane HoffmanMay 2010

What do New York City and Tompkins County, New York have in common? While very different in size and demographic, each of these no-kill and adoption guarantee communities has met their unique challenges and is working to create sustainable systems for the future. Learn More

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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

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Maddie's Shelter Medicine Conference

November 2009

On October 23 and 24, 2009, University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine hosted the second annual Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Conference in Gainesville, Florida. Eight power point presentations from the conference are available for viewing. They include: transitioning to adoption guarantee, creating a pet evaluation matrix, top adoption and marketing strategies and foster care. Learn More

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Foster Care Volunteers are Lifesavers

Brenda Barnette2009

The Seattle Humane Society wanted to remain an open door private shelter, but the number of pets coming in exceeded the space it had to properly care for them. The solution: ask the community to help foster. The result: 3,001 dogs and cats in foster care in FY2008-2009. Learn More

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It Happened at EXPO: A Summary of Maddie's Daylong Workshop

2009

Maddie's eight-hour workshop, Is An Adoption Guarantee Really Possible? Four Steps to Success held in Las Vegas at The HSUS Animal Care EXPO, drew more than 200 attendees interested in saving the lives of their communities' healthy and treatable shelter dogs and cats. Learn More

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The Rapid Rise of Shelter Medicine

Laurie Peek, DVM2009

The recent growth of shelter medicine programs in colleges of veterinary medicine is a boon to animal shelters in desperate need of trained medical staff. Learn More

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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

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Getting Control of Animal Control

Craig Brestrup2007

Craig Brestrup describes the sad conditions and high death rates in one animal control facility and offers concrete steps on how this city and others can turn the situation around. Learn More

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Moving from a Traditional to a No-Kill Shelter

Bonney Brown2007

Bonney Brown describes her journey of transitioning a traditional humane society into a no-kill facility. Learn More

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The Charlottesville, Virginia No-Kill Journey

Susanne Kogut2007

In 2005, the SPCA made an adoption guarantee commitment to its supporters and to the animals in its care – a guarantee of a forever home to all healthy and behaviorally sound animals. Learn More

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Beyond No-Kill Editorial

Rich Avanzino2006

Is a no-kill community really one that saves all homeless pets no matter their age, medical condition or temperament? Learn More

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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

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Why Transparency Editorial

Richard Avanzino2006

Transparency is a big plus even if an organization is less than perfect. When the public can see that an agency is improving, it enhances the organizations's reputation, builds community trust, and increases financial support. Learn More

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Feral Cat Advocacy: Deep Roots Continue to Blossom in the Bay Area

2006

Some of the oldest and the best feral cat programs in the nation. Learn More

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Feral Cats: An Interview with Julie Levy, DVM

2006

Feral cat expert Lulie Levy, DVM, provides an overview of life for today's feral cats and advocates new approaches to their treatment and care. Learn More

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Honesty and Transparency in Animal Control: A Formula for Lifesaving

Tara Derby2006

Chief Executive Officer of the Philadelphia Animal Care and Control Association, Tara Derby details the steps she took to radically improve her shelter's live release rate in very short order. Learn More

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Indianapolis Animal Care & Control

2006

New managerial tactics bring new hope to Indianapolis. Learn More

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What No-Kill Means to Me

Joshua Frank2006

No-kill is not about changing shelter euthanasia or intake policy, says Joshua Frank. It is about shifting perspectives. Shelters can no longer think that any level of killing of "excess" animals is acceptable. Learn More

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What is a Treatable Shelter Pet? Editorial

Richard Avanzino2005

The treatable designation need not require the shelters to provide the called-for treatment or rehabilitation. The idea is to put in writing what the shelters are aiming to achieve for the community's homeless pets. Learn More

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Making a Case for Animal Law

Barbara Gislason2005

Tireless efforts enabled Barbara Gislason to get animal law recognized and respected within the legal profession. Learn More

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Mediation Report

2005

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

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Is No-Kill Another Name for Hoarding? Editorial

Rich Avanzino2004

This editorial refutes the notion that no-kill shelters are institutionalized hoarders. Learn More

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What Statistics and Definitions Can Do for You Editorial

Richard Avanzino2004

Statistics and definitions help create organizational efficiencies, define organizational goals and priorities, save lives, enhance image and build public support. Learn More

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The Humane Society of Tampa Bay's New No-Kill Policy

2004

The percentage of shelter adoptions nearly doubled after the no-kill policy was implemented, but instead of spending time on euthanasia, staff spend time with individual animals to improve their health and behavior. Learn More

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New Policy Saves all Healthy and Treatable Shelter Pets

Joe Cannon2004

The Board started planning for a transition when it realized it was no longer acceptable to continue to euthanize one animal simply to make room for another. Learn More

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Hayden Law

Taimie Bryant, Professor of Law, UCLA2004

California mandates more accountable and accessible animal shelters, enables reunification with lost companion animals. Learn More

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Hayden Law Update

Taimie Bryant, Professor of Law, UCLA2004

What of the Hayden legislation survives the legislative process, subsequent attempts to repeal it, and financial wrangling over implementing its provisions. Learn More

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Defining No-Kill Editorial

Rich Avanzino2003

A lot of folks are using the term no-kill these days but not everyone's definition is the same. Learn More

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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

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The Untouchable Bond: Promoting Care and Control of Feral and Free-Roaming Cats

Brenda Griffin, DVM2003

A feral cat program on the Auburn University campus. Learn More

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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

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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

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Richmond’s Road to No-Kill

Robin Robertson-Starr2003

In 1998, The Richmond SPCA adopted a plan to become a no-kill institution, establish a partnership with the local animal control agency and become a no-kill community. Learn More

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Getting More Veterinarians Involved Editorial

Rich Avanzino2002

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

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Furburbia

2002

Finding a site in a popular shopping mall works wonders for adoptions. Learn More

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The Best Shelter is a Humane Community

Robin Robertson-Starr2002

Comments Executive Director Robin Robertson Starr, "When organizational philosophy shifted to saving lives, the Richmond SPCA received an outpouring of community support." Learn More

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The Knock on No-Kill Editorial

Rich Avanzino2001

The implication that no-kill shelters are derelict because they refuse to euthanize animals is patently wrong. Learn More

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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

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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

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Friend of Ferals

2001

A love of feral cats led Sally Mackler to establish one of the earliest and most successful feral cat spay/neuter programs. Learn More

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How to Start a Feral Cat Program

Leslie Wilson2001

Everything you need to know from using the right kitten formula to recruiting volunteers, written by an animal lover with years of feral cat experience. Learn More

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Incorporating the Community

Patricia Sherman2001

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

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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

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The History of the No-Kill Movement

Lynda Foro2001

Lynda Foro, Founder and former President of Doing Things for Animals, recounts the history, growth and grass-roots foundation of the no-kill movement. Learn More

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Taking the Community No-Kill

Nathan Winograd2001

Nathan Winograd provides the keys to his success in transitioning the Tompkins County SPCA – and the entire community – to no-kill. Learn More

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The No-Kill Revolution Editorial

Richard Avanzino2000

The no-kill movement is about acknowledging the value and importance of each individual pet's life. Learn More

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Fostering Kittens

Leslie Wilson2000

An old pro passes on invaluable information for feeding, cleaning and socializing baby felines. Learn More

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Fostering Shelter Dogs

2000

Fostering shelter dogs is a fun and rewarding experience for the whole family. Learn More

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What is No-Kill?

2000

Maddie's Fund defines no-kill as saving all healthy and treatable shelter pets. Learn More

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Ten Reasons to Consider No-Kill

2000

Increased adoptions, volunteers, and community support - just a few reasons to save all healthy and treatable shelter dogs and cats. Learn More

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San Francisco: The Nation's First Adoption Guarantee City

Richard Avanzino2000

The San Francisco SPCA transitioned to no-kill by building adoption, spay/neuter and animal behavior programs, giving up the animal control contract and signing a landmark agreement with animal control in 1994 guaranteeing a loving home for every healthy cat and dog. Learn More

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Toward a No-Kill Nation

Michael Mountain2000

Michael Mountain believes no-kill can be achieved if we shed old notions of what cannot be done, find common ground, and always put the needs of the animals first. Learn More

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Vincent Law: An Analysis by UCLA Law Professor Taimie Bryant, PhD

Taimie Bryant, PhD2000

Requiring animal shelters to spay and neuter dogs and cats prior to adoption. Learn More