Get 'Em Home Huddles

Want to find homes for long stay pets? Get information and inspiration with our interactive huddles!


Have a few questions to ask or want to share ideas about getting long stay pets adopted? Huddle with us on Thursdays at 3pm EST/12pm PST for more information, resources, tips and answers to your burning questions. Each interactive meeting will begin with a 5-minute presentation about a challenge-related topic, followed by time for Q&A.

You do NOT need to register for the Huddles in advance, join these informal meetings by calling in or via your computer.

How to Join

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/786379352
Or Join via Telephone: 646-558-8656 or669-900-6833
Meeting ID:786 379 352

Still want more? Join our group on Maddie's Pet Forum!

Huddle Schedule

Scroll down to view upcoming live presentations or watch recordings of past huddles.

  • September 6
    Get 'Em Home Challenge: Prizes

    Sheila D'Arpino, Director of Research at Maddie's Fund
    What prizes can your organization win during the Get 'Em Home Challenge? Dr. Sheila D'Arpino discusses the prize categories, grant amounts and more in this huddle.

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  • September 13
    Get 'Em Home Challenge: Requirements

    Sheila D'Arpino, Director of Research at Maddie's Fund
    Are you interested in learning more about the required surveys and reporting required for the Get ‘Em Home Challenge? Dr. Sheila D’Arpino explains what you’ll need to do in this huddle.

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  • September 20
    Get 'Em Home with Social Media

    Kelly Duer, Foster Program Consultant
    Whether you’re new to social media or a veritable pro, there’s something new for you in this week’s huddle. Kelly Duer will be discussing successful approaches to social media that can help all of the pets in your care find homes faster. Join us and bring questions!

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  • September 27
    Success with Sleepovers

    Dr. Lisa Gunter, Maddie’s Research Fellow at Arizona State University
    Can taking a dog out overnight make them more stressed than they were before? Dr. Lisa Gunter, who conducted groundbreaking research on sleepover foster at 5 organizations throughout the U.S., will have answers to this and your other questions about sleepover / weekend foster!

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  • October 4
    Engaging the Community with Field Trips

    Caitlin Daly, Executive Director of Fredericksburg Regional SPCA
    Field trip programs can help organizations engage with their communities, get important information on dogs’ behavior in the real world, market their dogs for adoption and more! In this huddle, learn about new research on how field trips affect behavior in shelter dogs and where you can find the information you need to start or expand your program.

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  • October 11
    Marketing for Long Stay Pets

    Kristen Auerbach, Director of Pima Animal Care Center
    Kristen Auerbach will be discussing techniques for marketing pets with long shelter stays and the important distinction between marketing and adoption counseling in this huddle. Come with questions!

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  • October 18
    Foster Care Research Helps Long Stay Pets

    Sheila D’Arpino, Director of Research at Maddie’s Fund
    How can foster care be utilized to help your longest-stay pets find forever homes? Dr. Sheila D’Arpino will discusses the latest research, showing how you can shorten pets’ length of stay by getting them out of the shelter and into foster homes.

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  • October 25
    Finding Homes for Long Stay Cats

    Ann Dunn, Founder and Executive Director at Cat Town
    Are your long stay cats aching for a forever home? Ann Dunn will be presenting on successful techniques for finding adopters for cats with long shelter stays, including seniors and those with special needs.

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  • November 1
    Finding Homes for Long Stay Behavior Dogs

    Sheila D’Arpino, Director of Research at Maddie’s Fund
    What techniques can you use to get long stay dogs with behavioral needs into permanent homes quickly and safely? Veterinary behaviorist Dr. Sheila D’Arpino will be discussing successful approaches and taking your questions during this huddle.

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  • November 8
    Engaging Pet Bios

    Kelly Duer, Foster Program Consultant
    A good biography can be a pet’s ticket to a forever home but writing one can be difficult and time-consuming. In this huddle, Kelly Duer discusses techniques for writing pet biographies that make emotional connections with potential adopters and places to find free resources to help you write your own.

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  • November 15
    Holiday Adoption Promotions

    Caitlin Quinn, Director of Operations at HeARTsSpeak
    Looking for creative ways to boost your holiday adoptions? Caitlin Quinn of HeARTsSpeak will be presenting on great holiday adoption events and where you can find free resources to promote them.

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  • November 29
    Solutions for Stressed-Out Cats

    Nancy Puro, Volunteer Manager at Cat Adoption Team
    Cats who are suffering from shelter stress are often overlooked by adopters due to stress-induced behavioral issues. Nancy Puro will be discussing ways to lower stress in cats, increasing the chances of connection with potential adopters.

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  • December 6
    Solutions for Stressed-Out Dogs

    Sheila D’Arpino, Director of Research at Maddie’s Fund
    Long-stay dogs often have a hard time showing potential adopters who they really are. In this huddle, veterinary behaviorist Dr. Sheila D’Arpino discusses successful techniques for reducing stress in shelter dogs.

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  • December 13
    Finding Homes for Pets with Chronic Medical Problems

    Austin Pets Alive!
    Do you need guidance on how to promote and find homes for pets with chronic medical needs? Austin Pets Alive! joins us this week to discuss successful approaches. Come with questions!

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  • January 3
    Completing the Get ‘Em Home Challenge: Reporting

    Sheila D’Arpino, Director of Research at Maddie’s Fund
    What does your organization need to do to complete the reporting required by the End of Challenge survey? Dr. Sheila D’Arpino will tell you all you need to know!

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  • January 10
    Completing the Get ‘Em Challenge: Applying for Awards

    Sheila D’Arpino, Director of Research at Maddie’s Fund
    Is your organization hoping to compete for special prizes such as Most Creative Foster or Adoption Tactic or the Impact Award? You’ll learn all you need to know about applying in this huddle!

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  • January 17
    After the Challenge: Keeping the Momentum Going

    Kelly Duer, Foster Program Consultant
    How can your organization continue to advocate for long stay pets year-round and even help decrease their length of stay? Kelly Duer will present strategies used successfully around the country.

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