Maddie's® Canine Lifesaving Master Class

Sept 23 - 27, Oct 14 - 18 and Nov 18 - 22, 2019

Maddie's® Canine Lifesaving Master Class at Austin Pets Alive!

Learn how to create and grow shelter programs that will result in more dog adoptions and save more dogs. Lifesaving leader, Clare Callison, teaches the guiding principles, key programs and lifesaving best practices to increase lifesaving in your community. This course focuses on programs that have increased live outcomes for dogs in dozens of communities around the nation. Utilizing the 12 Lifesaving Ingredients, developed by shelter leaders and veterinarians, we teach you how to implement best practices and engage your community in lifesaving. Learn how to implement a matchmaking program to target dogs most in need, reduce length of stay for medium and large dogs, create volunteer enrichment programs, safely boost adoptions in your community and find programs to solve even your toughest challenges. Return to your community ready to implement practical, actionable changes in your organization and meet the needs of the dogs in your care. This program will help you to increase live outcomes for dogs in your community taught by the people who do the work.

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! learning about the individual programs that support dogs before, during and after they enter the shelter system:

  • 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.

All of the apprenticeships and master classes offered at Maddie's® Lifesaving Academy are pre-approved for continuing education credits by The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement - Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA).

Before you apply, please review our grant requirements. To apply to attend a Maddie's® Apprenticeship Program, your organization must be a U.S. based 501c3 or government animal welfare organization, and you must submit a completed application. The grant requirements about sharing your annual animal statistics and lifesaving percentage on your website, participating in Shelter Animals Count and Million Cat Challenge and being current on your grant reporting are all highly encouraged but not required.

Applications August 12 - 23, 2019 - Application Closed

Applications are currently closed. Please check back for future opportunities.

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