March 2018 by Jodi Osborne and Christina Ellwood

Audience: Foster Caregivers, Shelter/Rescue Staff & Volunteers

Video Length: 58 Minutes

Whether you're looking to start a foster program at your shelter, or give a boost to an already-existing foster program, Maddie's Fund® has a webcast series for you! We're going all-in on foster care, including programs that have worked to get more dogs and cats adopted in communities across the country. You'll have the chance to learn from your peers in other organizations, get your questions answered, and start saving more lives. View the complete series here, and sign up today!

Would you like to build and manage a robust cat and kitten fostering program at your animal organization? Are you looking for effective ways to recruit new foster caregivers? Does your existing program need rejuvenation?

On Thursday, March 22, 2018, at 9 PM Eastern, Charleston Animal Society Foster and Rescue Coordinators Jodi Osborne and Christina Ellwood will present a free Maddie's Fund webcast, Adult Cat and Kitten Fostering.

The presentation will include:

  • Fun and effective strategies for foster recruitment
  • How to choose foster homes
  • Support and medical care
  • Foster caregiver retention and appreciation
  • Programs and ideas to boost adoptions of cats and kittens in foster care
  • And more!

This course have/has been pre-approved for Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits.

Photo of webcast presenters Christina Ellwood and Jodi Osborne, smiling

About the Presenters

Jodi Osborne
Foster & Rescue Coordinator, Charleston Animal Society

A Charleston native, Jodi Osborne began her tenure with Charleston Animal Society (CAS) as a volunteer in 2005, at the young age of 14. She fell in love with the animal welfare field while volunteering at a veterinary clinic and many other organizations throughout the Lowcountry. She volunteered with CAS almost every day throughout her high school years, and her efforts paid off with an offer of employment in 2007.

Jodi has taken on various roles from Adoption Counselor to Customer Service, and has aided in the coordination of many offsite adoption events. In 2011, she accepted the position of the Foster & Rescue Coordinator and since that time has increased the foster program at CAS tremendously, aiding in the success of the no kill initiative.

Christina Ellwood
Foster & Rescue Coordinator, Charleston Animal Society

Christine Ellwood joined CAS in 2010 while attending college for Human Services studies. Having earned her degree, her years with CAS ignited her passion for the animal welfare field, and she knew this was where she belonged. Christina started as an adoption counselor, making advancements through the years until settling into her current role as Foster & Rescue Coordinator.

She has been instrumental in making the foster program a huge success, especially in the past few years as foster numbers have skyrocketed to an upward of 2,500 animals. Christina couldn't be happier with her decision to stay in the animal welfare field.