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Data: Why It Is Critical to Success and How to Keep Up with It - Part 1

Lindsay O'GanFebruary 2017

Learn how data can improve the care of your animals and provide you with vital reporting necessary to improve your organization. Learn More

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Data: Why It Is Critical to Success and How to Keep Up with It - Part 2

Lindsay O'GanFebruary 2017

Learn how data can improve the care of your animals and provide you with vital reporting necessary to improve your organization. Learn More

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Making Technology Work for You: How Smart Decisions Can Save Lives And Money

February 2017

How properly managing data will save you more money. 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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Data Power: How to Get it, How to Use it to Save Lives

Aimee Gilbreath, April HarrisJuly 2016

Hear important information about data collection and why it is crucial to saving shelter pets' lives. Learn More

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Data Collection Survey Results

February 2016

At Maddie’s Fund, we believe that tracking numbers is the key to success and lifesaving. To that end, we collect data from many of our grantees. Read the results of the online survey, see what data is currently collected and the effort involved in that collection.

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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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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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Fundraising 2.0: From Grass Roots to a Multi-Million Dollar Organization

Diane BlankenburgFebruary 2015

Austin Pets Alive! (APA!) started off as a very grassroots organization, raising every dollar through word of mouth.  Five years later, APA! has grown and the needs of fundraising have, too.  This presentation addresses how to plan for bigger funds. Learn More

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Data: Why It Is Critical to Success and How To Keep Up with It

Lindsay O'GanFebruary 2015

Believe it or not, data is the cornerstone of a healthy organization. Learn how Austin Pets Alive! keeps so many moving pieces in communication through end-of -day reporting, overnight data entry and checks and balances. Learn More

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Cats and Capacity for Care, Part 1

Kate Hurley, DVM, MPVMMay 2014

What if there was a magic wand we could wave over animal shelters to increase cat adoptions while cutting daily care costs, reducing stress for staff, creating a more welcoming environment for volunteers and visitors, and dramatically improving the health and welfare of shelter cats? It's not quite as easy as a magic wand, but Capacity for Care (C4C) can have these benefits and more. Learn More

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Cats and Capacity for Care, Part 2

Kate Hurley, DVM, MPVMMay 2014

In part 2 of Cats and Capacity for Care (C4C), the good news is that it can apply to any shelter, small or large, rich or poor, open or limited intake. Attaining Capacity for Care in the shelter frees resources to invest in building C4C in the community as well. Learn More

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The Dollars and Sense of Sheltering: A Tool for Financially Evaluating Your Shelter's Programs

Nicole Olynk Widmar, PhDAugust 2013

Sheltering isn't just about good intentions. It's about planning and developing programs that have a good chance of keeping animals healthy and happy, as well as maximizing adoptions and lifesaving. 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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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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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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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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Metrics as a Tool for Disease Management

Janet M. Scarlett, DVM, MPH, PhDJuly 2012

Metrics are essential to monitoring population health and evaluating the effectiveness of changes in protocols and management strategies. Learn More

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Metrics as a Tool for Managing Infectious Disease in the Shelter

Janet M. Scarlett, DVM, MPH, PhDJuly 2012

Population management involves the integration of disease recording as it occurs, and the calculation and monitoring of key disease metrics over time. Learn More

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Magical Metrics and Dazzling Data: How Medical Fact-Finding Guides Shelters to Improved Animal Health

Janet M. Scarlett, DVM, MPH, PhDMarch 2012

Ever wish you had a road map to saving more lives in your shelter? Gathering and understanding data will provide you with exactly that. In part-one, Dr. Jan Scarlett, Director of Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, discusses the collection and use of medical data in animal shelters, and how this can significantly improve the health of individual animals and the shelter population. Learn More

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Using Data to Make Austin a No-Kill City

Ellen Jefferson, DVMMarch 2012

Today, Austin has a save rate of 91%. That wasn’t the case just four years ago when 44% of the animals coming into the Austin Animal Center were losing their lives. Dr. Ellen Jefferson recounts how she used the shelter’s data to figure out bottlenecks in the system and develop and fine-tune programs to fill in the gaps. Learn More

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Data-Smata, Who Cares About Data?

Barbara Carr, Executive Director, SPCA Serving Erie County, NYFebruary 2012

Are you on the fence about the importance of publishing shelter data? Barbara Carr of the SPCA Serving Erie County in Buffalo, NY explains why she became a firm believer in revealing the good, bad and the ugly, and describes how transparency has helped her organization save more lives. Learn More

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Using Shelter Metrics to Measure and Set Goals

Janet M. Scarlett, DVM, MPH, PhDAugust 2011

Dr. Jan Scarlett presents Using Shelter Metrics to Measure and Set Goals at the 2011 ASPCA/Maddie's Shelter Medicine Mini Conference. Learn about what data you can get interesting information from and why it is important to collect data. Learn More

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Maddies Fund on Statistics

Rich AvanzinoJune 2011

Without accurate, transparent statistics, it's impossible to come up with solutions for problems, to define success, or to recognize failure. 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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Web-Based Educational Resource Survey Results

January 2011

We asked our funded partners and newsletter subscribers to complete an online survey regarding educational resources available on the web. Learn More

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Know Your Capacity for Humane Care

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

It's tempting to admit more animals than shelters can reasonably care for. After all, there are so many animals in the community that need help. Yet most shelters face limitations of space, staffing and financial resources. To help you face this challenge, our experts share methods for creating faster flow-through in the shelter - and ultimately save more lives. Learn More