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Learn how to rethink foster care in terms of capacity and expand the concept of what animals should be considered for foster. You can increase lifesaving when you offer at-risk pets for foster who are not transferred in yet. This presentation was recorded by Maddie's Fund® at the 2019 American Pets Alive! Conference.
Before teaching the Austin no-kill Model to students, Monica founded a trap-neuter-return organization in rural Illinois in 2008 and pioneered one of the nation's first, and largest, barn cat programs. In 2012, she joined Austin Pets Alive! where she served as the Cat Program Manager, led her team to an 88 percent growth in cat adoptions and helped Austin achieve a citywide 98% live release rate for cats. Now Maddie's® Director of Feline Lifesaving at American Pets Alive!, Monica is a frequent speaker and advisor on innovative ways to save every cat, including cats with feline leukemia, community cats, and shelter cats in need of medical care.
In 2015, Lorian became a volunteer at Austin Animal Center, fell in love with the shelter and no-kill commitment, and never looked back. Lorian was hired as the group volunteer coordinator in August of 2016, and then transferred into the adult dog foster coordinator role in January of 2017. She teaches others about creating and managing successful dog foster programs in the Dog Foster Program Apprenticeship and Maddie's Lifesaving Academy.
Regan started from the ground up as a kennel tech at Austin Animal Center. She grew into enrichment, adoption, counselor, and finally, behavior team, roles throughout her tenure at AAC. Right before Hurricane Harvey, Regan joined Austin Pets Alive!'s staff, where she managed the dog foster team through a peak of 1,000 dogs in foster at one time. Regan has also pioneered APA!'s behavioral foster program and specializes in building programs to foster behavior dogs, which increases the options of long stays and behavioral cases while in care and provides them a faster road to decompression and adoption.