Maddie's® Dog Matchmaker Placement Program Apprenticeship

Jan 15 - 17, Feb 12 - 14 and April 1 - 3, 2020

Maddie's® Dog Matchmaker Placement Program Apprenticeship at Austin Pets Alive!

The Dog Matchmaker Placement Program at Austin Pets Alive! was developed to streamline the adoption process for medium and large dogs, even those with behavioral challenges, that can be safely placed in homes. A strong dog matchmaker program improves customer experience, reduces adoption returns and increases lifesaving. Learn how to create or expand a matchmaker program in your organization based in open, conversation based best practices that match pets with people. We teach you how to effectively break down barriers to adoption with a strong focus on customer service, safety, reduced length of stay and live outcomes. You will leave with strategies to help you to get to know the individual personalities and needs of the dogs in your care, how to translate what you know about these dogs and increase engagement with potential adopters. Whether you are expanding an existing dog adoption program or want to start a program, we will teach you everything we have learned about how dog matchmaking saves lives!

Who Should Apply?
These apprenticeship opportunities are for shelter/rescue organization directors, staff and volunteers who are interested in learning how to be most effective at implementing this type of program in their organization.

How Does it Work?
Students will train with experienced Matchmakers to learn the philosophy behind the Matchmaker Placement Program and how to implement it in their own organization. Students will work with the program manager and staff to review each aspect of the Matchmaker Placement program, including:

  • Reviewing, managing, and tracking data about dogs from various sources (shelter notes, playgroup notes, sleepover/field trip notes, etc.).
  • Providing active customer service.
  • Identifying and analyzing any obstacles to adoption.
  • Developing a system to enable clients to identify compatible dogs.
  • Ensuring a safe and productive introduction between dogs and members of the public.

A $800 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 - Application Closed

Applications are currently closed. Please check back for future opportunities.

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