Maddie's® Systematic Feline Lifesaving Master Class

Jan 20 - 24, Feb 17 - 21, March 9 - 13 and April 13 - 17, 2020

Maddie's® Systematic Feline Lifesaving Master Class

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.

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

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
  • Volunteer Program

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 programs will run Jan 20 - 24, Feb 17 - 21, March 9 - 13 and April 13 - 17, 2020. A total of 15 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