April 13 - 17, May 11 - 15, June 22 - 26 and July 20 - 24, 2020

Maddie's® Feline Lifesaving Master Class: How to Save Every Cat

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.

Stipends vary based on distance from Austin and length of apprenticeship. Applicants who are accepted into an apprenticeship program will receive detailed stipend information in their acceptance email. Please reach out to education@americanpetsalive.org with any questions.

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 March 2 - 9, 2020 - Application Closed

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