Maddie's® Prepare for Next Season: Neonatal Kitten Foster Apprenticeship

Jan 8 - 9, Jan 15 - 16, Jan 22 - 23, Jan 29 - 30, Feb 5 - 6, Feb 12 - 13, Feb 19 - 20 and Mar 11 - 12, 2020

Maddie's® Prepare for Next Season: Neonatal Kitten Foster Apprenticeship

Kitten season is over but it will come again. Rather than wait, come join us to analyze your data from last year and prepare in advance to increase lifesaving for neonatal kittens in your organization. Dig in with what worked and what went wrong, while you have the time to plan. Learn the unique, practical, and effective medical protocols that APA! uses taught by Cassandra Mensing, who created the program that has saved more than 7,000 kittens at Austin Pets Alive!'s Neonatal Kitten Nursery since 2011. After 2 years of teaching the Neonatal Apprenticeship, attendees learn the specifics of how to treat the special needs population that is neonatal kittens and will take home all the skills and information to implement these protocols in your own community. Don't wait until next year, get ahead of the season and start preparing to save these little kittens now.

Who Should Apply?
This apprenticeship opportunity is for shelter/rescue organization directors, staff and volunteers who are interested in learning how to start or grow a neonatal kitten foster program. Shelter or private practice veterinarians, foster coordinators and managers or senior administrators are encouraged to apply.

** Previous neonatal feeding experience is required. **

How Does it Work?
This apprenticeship is 2 days, plus travel. Students will spend 2 exhilarating days at Austin Pets Alive! to dig into last year's data and learn everything you need to increase your lifesaving next season, from treating neonatal kittens, feeding, medical and shelter protocols, and disease prevention and management.

A $600 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 November 11 - 22, 2019

Applications to attend a Maddie's Apprenticeship Program will be accepted November 11 - 22, 2019. Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm on November 22 but please note that our office is only staffed until 4pm Monday through Friday.

Dates and Number of Candidates
Apprenticeship program will run Jan 8 - 9, Jan 15 - 16, Jan 22 - 23, Jan 29 - 30, Feb 5 - 6, Feb 12 - 13, Feb 19 - 20 and Mar 11 - 12, 2020. A total of 2 apprentices will be selected for each session. Candidate assignments will be determined on a first come first served basis.

How to Apply
Complete and submit to us the application form through the Maddie's Fund Grants Portal, titled "Maddie's Apprenticeship Program - Student Application". If this is your first time accessing our Grants Portal, you'll need to create an account by following the instructions on the log in page.

Applications are accepted November 11 - 22, 2019.

Apply November 11 - 22, 2019