Maddie's® Systematic Feline Lifesaving Master Class

January 7 - 11, February 25 - March 1, March 18 - 22 and April 22 - 26, 2019

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

Interested in increasing your live release rates in your community? Want to learn how to develop systems that will empower your organization to save more lives? This apprenticeship will show you how coordinated efforts of multiple programs can do just that.

Who Should Apply?
This apprenticeship opportunity is for shelter/rescue organization directors, managers, and coordinators who are interested in creating and growing shelter programs that result in more cat adoptions and greater feline life-saving.Students who are empowered to make changes and launch new initiatives are encouraged to apply. This advanced level Master Class, taught by Monica Frenden, will especially interest shelter managers and personnel who are coordinating several departments or cat programs in an effort to increase feline live release rates in their community.

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. Through intensive sessions and participation in hands-on activities, students will learn how to create and manage essential cat programs, how to lead staff and volunteers to accomplish goals, and how to be as effective as possible with limited resources.

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 cover travel and lodging will be awarded to the organization of each student chosen.

Applications November 7 - 19, 2018 - Application Closed

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