February 12 - 14 and March 25 - 27, 2020

Maddie's® Robust Dog and Cat Foster Program Apprenticeship at Charleston Animal Society

Want to create a robust foster program designed to empower volunteers and fosters to find housing outside of the shelter for the majority of the pets in your shelter or rescue's care? Then the Maddie's® Robust Dog and Cat Foster Program is for you!

Learn how to recruit for, market, manage and implement a robust foster program for cats and dogs. Foster programs are becoming a shelter standard and an essential part of sustainable, well-rounded life-saving missions.

Attendees to this apprenticeship will learn how to start and run a foster program for cats and dogs in their own communities. Participants will leave with the tools and knowledge to build a community of foster families that is larger than the shelter.

Who Should Apply?
This apprenticeship opportunity is for shelter/rescue organization directors, staff and volunteers who are interested in learning how to be the most effective at implementing this type of program in their organization. Especially encouraged to apply are organizations with limited staff and financial resource, as the programs taught may actually reduce operating costs.

How Does it Work?
This apprenticeship is three days, plus travel. Interns will spend three days at Charleston Animal Society in Charleston, South Carolina. Lessons include resource building for your foster program, recruitment and retention of foster families, building a critical support system, how to formulate data tracking methods, design marketing and fundraising campaigns and everything else to help you start or grow your foster program.

A stipend up to $1,000 to offset the cost of travel and lodging will be awarded to the organization of each student chosen. When selected, students are required to read and watch these online materials before going to Charleston Animal Society.

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 December 19, 2019 - January 7, 2020 - Application Closed

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