Maddie's® Feline Lifesaving Master Class

Sept 16 - 20, Nov 11 - 15 and Dec 16 - 20, 2019

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

Learn how to create and grow shelter programs that will result in more cat adoptions and increased feline lifesaving. This advanced level class is taught by the visionary Monica Frenden, who has changed the landscape for sheltered cats through creating programs that focus on live outcomes. This course is designed for shelter managers and directors who want to save more cats. Learn how coordinated efforts of multiple programs can increase cat lifesaving in your community. Through intensive sessions and participation in hands-on activities, students will learn how to create and manage essential cat programs, lead staff and volunteers to accomplish goals, and be as effective as possible with limited resources.

Who Should Apply?
This learning opportunity is for shelter/rescue organization directors, managers, and coordinators who are empowered to make changes and launch new initiatives in their organizations.

Today, Austin Animal Center takes in over 6,000 cats and kittens annually, and APA! handles over 5,000 cats/kittens each year. Overall 96% have live outcomes.

How Does it Work?
Students will spend 5 days at Austin Pets Alive! to study and learn the ins and outs of multiple different cat programs and initiatives that each contribute to feline lifesaving.

Topics covered will include:

  • Increasing Cat Adoptions
  • Ringworm Program
  • FeLV Adoption Program
  • Barn Cat Program
  • Cat Foster Program
  • Marketing and Development/Fundraising
  • Feline Shelter Medicine
  • TNR/SNR Program
  • Cat Behavior Program
  • Rescuing from a euthanasia list
  • Neonatal Nursery Program
  • Volunteer Program

A $1,200 stipend to offset the cost of travel and lodging will be awarded to the organization of each student 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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