Maddie's® Systematic Canine Lifesaving Master Class

July 8 - 12, Aug 19 - 23, Sept 23 - 27 and Oct 14 - 18, 2019

Maddie's® Systematic Canine Lifesaving Master Class 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 implement a behavior or matchmaking program to target dogs most in need? Want to address Length of Stay with a proven program and boost adoptions? 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 them 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 Clare Callison.

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

  • Managed intake and tackling euthanasia lists
  • Ongoing assessments
  • Dog Playgroup
  • Dog Behavior program
  • Foster program
  • Dog Matchmaking
  • Community Outreach
  • Progressive Medical Program
  • Utilizing and Retaining volunteers
  • Developing a Length of stay plan
  • Open Adoptions
  • Adoption follow up

A $1200 stipend to offset the cost of travel and lodging will be awarded to the organization of each attendee chosen.

Applications May 13 - May 24, 2019

Applications to attend a Maddie's Apprenticeship Program will be accepted May 13 - May 24, 2019. Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm on May 24 but please note that our office is only staffed until 4pm Monday through Friday.

Dates and Number of Candidates
Apprenticeship programs will run July 8 - 12, Aug 19 - 23, Sept 23 - 27 and Oct 14 - 18, 2019. A total of 10 apprentices will be selected for each session. Candidate assignments will be determined on a first come first served basis.

How to Apply
Complete and submit to us the application form through the Maddie's Fund Grants Portal, titled "Maddie's Apprenticeship Program - Student Application". If this is your first time accessing our Grants Portal, you'll need to create an account by following the instructions on the log in page.

Applications are accepted May 13 - May 24, 2019.

Apply May 13 - May 24, 2019