April 13 - 17 and 27 - 31, 2020
Maddie's® Neonatal Kitten Nursery and Foster Apprenticeship at Austin Pets Alive!
Want to create, replicate and implement a program targeted to serve 100% of the Neonatal kitten population with a 90% survival rate?
Then the Maddie's® Neonatal Kitten Nursery Apprenticeship Program at Austin Pets Alive! is for you! Learn the unique and creative approach APA! has taken to save more than 7,000 kittens since opening in 2011.
Attendees to this apprenticeship will learn the ins and outs of APA's creative one-of-a-kind, lifesaving program for neonatal kittens and take home all the skills and information to create this program in your own community.
Who Should Apply?
This apprenticeship opportunity is for shelter/rescue organization directors, staff and volunteers who are interested in learning how to be the most effective at implementing this type of program in their organization. Shelter or private practice veterinarians, foster coordinators and managers or senior administrators are encouraged to apply.
** Previous neonatal feeding experience is required. **
It is preferred that your shelter or rescue has a Neonatal Foster Program already or previously in place.
How Does it Work?
This apprenticeship is five days, plus travel. Students will spend five exhilarating days at Austin Pets Alive! packed with hands-on experience learning all aspects of the APA! Bottle Baby Nursery Program, including feeding, medical and shelter protocols, disease prevention and management, building a program on a tight budget, volunteer management and recruitment, foster care placement and training and all other program operations.
A $1,200 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.
Before the application window opens, you can prepare in the following ways:
- Review the Maddie's Fund Grant Requirements.
- Download the Sample Application and prepare your responses to the application questions.
- If you haven't already, Register as a User in the Maddie's Fund Grants Portal.
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