Maddie's® Systematic Canine Lifesaving Master Class

November 12 - 16 and December 10 - 14, 2018

Maddie's® Canine Lifesaving Apprenticeship at Austin Pets Alive!

Do you want to learn how to develop systems that will empower your organization to save more lives? Been wanting to put a Play Group or Behavioral program in place? Want to address Length of Stay with a proven program? This apprenticeship will teach you the vision and guiding principles of the canine lifesaving ecosystem and how to apply it in your community.

Who Should Apply?
Shelter/rescue organization directors, managers and board members.

Today in Austin 98% of dogs that enter the shelter system have a live outcome. Austin Pets Alive!'s systematic approach to canine lifesaving plays a huge role in making this possible. At Austin Pets Alive! dogs are treated as individuals and take part in multiple programs in order to help APA! staff and volunteers learn more about the dog and help the dog find a forever home.

How Does it Work?
Students will spend 5 days at Austin Pets Alive! and take away a thorough understanding of the key programs and practices involved in achieving no-kill for your shelter's canine population, as well as the guiding philosophies that meld it all together. Attendees will have the ability to more effectively assess and meet the needs of the dogs in their care and develop a framework for how to implement practical, actionable changes in their efforts to achieve their lifesaving missions. Factual information specific to progressive, lifesaving programs that can be utilized to affect needed change within their shelter, and/or to motivate/convince key stakeholders will be presented by key APA! and AAC staff, led by Mike Kaviani.

Students will spend 5 days learning about the individual programs that support dogs during and after their time at APA! including:

  • Ongoing assessment
  • Enrichment
  • Playgroup
  • Dog Behavior program
  • Foster
  • Animal Protection
  • Community Outreach
  • Clinic's role in the health of the dog
  • Utilizing volunteers
  • Length of stay plan
  • Open Adoptions
  • Adoption follow up

A $1,200 stipend to cover travel and lodging will be awarded to the organization of each student chosen.

Applications August 8 - 17, 2018 - Application Closed

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