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Registration for Maddie’s Shelter Compass is now open! 

July 23, 2019

The wait is over! Animal shelters can now build a custom lifesaving roadmap within minutes, thanks to Maddie's® Shelter Compass. Registration for this free web-based tool is now open and is easy to do. All you need to do is enter some basic shelter data and answer a few questions, and woof there it is! If you… Learn More

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Decreasing Intake with Targeted Community Engagement

July 19, 2019

Watch how the Austin Animal Center used their intake data to find ways to reduce ever-increasing incoming strays.

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Using Metrics to Care for Shelter Populations

Janet Scarlett, DVM, MPH, PhD, Professor Emerita of Epidemiology/ Founder of Shelter Medicine Program, Cornell UniversityJuly 2019

In this session, disease surveillance, and the assessment of the frequency of common diseases in shelters are discussed. This presentation was recorded at the 2019 ASPCA Maddie's® Cornell Shelter Medicine Conference.

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Making Better Use of Shelter Data

Janet Scarlett, DVM, MPH, PhD, Professor Emerita of Epidemiology/ Founder of Shelter Medicine Program, Cornell UniversityJuly 2019

In this workshop, we look at examples of where data can be used to help control overcrowding, maximize the use of shelter housing, monitor the effectiveness of spay/neuter programs, detect shifts in the health of incoming community animals, improve the welfare of fostered animals and target efforts to improve outcomes. This presentation was recorded at the 2019 ASPCA Maddie's® Cornell Shelter Medicine Conference.

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Local, State and Federal Animal Response Capabilities in a Disaster

Tim Perciful, Disaster Response Manager, Field Investigations & Response, ASPCAJuly 2019

This talk discusses the major findings from three major surveys and how those results may guide local jurisdictions in determining and enhancing animal response capabilities. This presentation was recorded at the 2019 ASPCA Maddie's® Cornell Shelter Medicine Conference.

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Animal shelters can build a custom lifesaving roadmap with Maddie’s Shelter Compass

July 9, 2019

Did your animal shelter come with an instruction manual? We didn't think so! Do you want to save more lives and increase efficiency but aren't exactly sure where to begin? Maddie's® Shelter Compass is here to help! This free web-based tool will provide your shelter with a custom roadmap to save more lives, all in… Learn More

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Fundraising for Animal Welfare Organizations - Part 5: Who is a Prospect?

Kim KleinMarch 2019

This presentation is appropriate for quick-learning beginners as well as seasoned fundraisers who are eager to learn how to engage others in fundraising. Part 5 of 7: Who is a Prospect?

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Animal Protection Officers: Using a Community-based Approach to Measurably Reduce Intake in the Field

Mark Sloat, Program Manager, Austin Animal Center and April Moore, Engagement Manager, Austin Animal CenterMarch 2019

This session will teach approaches that value the human-animal bond, redefine 'animals in need,' and engage community members, shelter staff, and volunteers to solve problems together.

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Analyzing Length of Stay: Make Your Animals Ready and Move Them Fast

Teresa Johnson, CEO/Executive Officer and Chief Lifesaving Officer, Kansas City Pet Project and Michele Figueroa, Operations Manager, Pima Animal Care CenterMarch 2019

Time wasted means animal lives lost, leave this session with a plan to move animals through your shelter more quickly.

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Momentum in Texas Sheltering Communities

Michael Bricker, Jay Garrett, Jr., Steven Greene, Paula Powell, Ed Jamison and Dr. Michael WhiteMarch 2019

Learn from animal welfare experts about how Texas is getting to no-kill status.

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Evolution of the Animal Welfare Movement

Jim Tedford, President and CEO, The Association for Animal Welfare AdvancementDecember 2018

In this presentation, you will hear thoughts on how animal welfare is changing, from a veteran in animal welfare.

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The Role of Public Health in Animal Sheltering

Jeanette O'Quin, DVM, MPH, Clinical Assistant Professor, Shelter Medicine and Veterinary Public Health, Ohio State University College of Veterinary MedicineDecember 2018

This presentation discusses how sheltering practices in the U.S. are impacting public health internationally, in particular Ethiopia.

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Lifesaving Webcast Series: Intake Mitigation and Managed Intake

Sarah Boyd and Joe HellebrandThursday, November 15, 2018

In this webcast, Brevard County Sheriff's Office Animal Shelter personnel Dr. Sarah Boyd and Joe Hellebrand let you in on the secret that Animal Control shelters can operate as no-kill.

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Webcast: Enhance support for your foster caregivers with Maddie’s Pet Assistant

October 30, 2018

How would you like to provide amazing support to your foster caregivers and adopters from day one? Maddie's® Pet Assistant (MPA) does this for you and we have a webcast, How the Maddie’s® Pet Assistant App is Revolutionizing Support for Pet Foster and Adoptive Homes on November 6 at 6pm PT/9pm ET to tell you all about… Learn More

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Maddie's Idea Lab: Saving Lives and Spreading Good Ideas

Sheila Segurson D'Arpino, DVM, DACVBMarch 2018

Maddie's® Idea Lab supports the implementation and assessment of innovative ideas that have a high likelihood of advancing lifesaving of dogs and cats, the utilization of foster care for dogs and cats or animal welfare leadership. Come to this lecture to find out what we've learned and how these ideas are saving lives.

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Data: Why It Is Critical to Success and How to Keep Up with It - Part 1

Lindsay O'GanFebruary 2017

Learn how data can improve the care of your animals and provide you with vital reporting necessary to improve your organization. Learn More

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Data: Why It Is Critical to Success and How to Keep Up with It - Part 2

Lindsay O'GanFebruary 2017

Learn how data can improve the care of your animals and provide you with vital reporting necessary to improve your organization. Learn More

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Making Technology Work for You: How Smart Decisions Can Save Lives And Money

Greg LucasFebruary 2017

How properly managing data will save you more money. Learn More

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Community Pet Adoption Survey Results - Pet Owner Rehoming

August 2016

Game-changing ‘pet retention’ and ‘safety net’ programs to keep pets in homes are gaining tremendous traction; however, pet relinquishment is still a very common occurrence in our nation’s shelters. In the instances where staying in a home is not possible, to what extent are pet guardians part of the rehoming process? What strategies are being employed to find a new home without having the pet step foot in the shelter? In this survey report, we examined beliefs around ‘pet owner rehoming,’ the extent to which guardians are empowered to find resolutions on their own, and the types of tools organizations provide to support the rehoming process. Learn More

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Data Power: How to Get it, How to Use it to Save Lives

Aimee Gilbreath, April HarrisJuly 2016

Hear important information about data collection and why it is crucial to saving shelter pets' lives. Learn More

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Data Collection Survey Results

February 2016

At Maddie’s Fund, we believe that tracking numbers is the key to success and lifesaving. To that end, we collect data from many of our grantees. Read the results of the online survey, see what data is currently collected and the effort involved in that collection.

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Community Pet Adoption Partnerships Survey Results: Stray Kitten Scenario

June 2015

During the Summer of 2014, Maddie’s Institute® conducted a survey to assess strategies that may prevent animals from entering shelter facilities. One such strategy involves asking community members who bring in kittens to care for them until organizational resources are available or they are old enough to be placed for adoption.  This report addresses the extent to which organizations encourage community member care, the frequency of community members who elect to provide care, how organizational resources link to involvement and more.
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Foster Faster: Growing Your Dog Foster Program

Faith WrightFebruary 2015

Learn how to expand your foster program to save the even harder to place big dogs, often considered "the last 10%". Learn More

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Fundraising 2.0: From Grass Roots to a Multi-Million Dollar Organization

Diane BlankenburgFebruary 2015

Austin Pets Alive! (APA!) started off as a very grassroots organization, raising every dollar through word of mouth.  Five years later, APA! has grown and the needs of fundraising have, too.  This presentation addresses how to plan for bigger funds. Learn More

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Data: Why It Is Critical to Success and How To Keep Up with It

Lindsay O'GanFebruary 2015

Believe it or not, data is the cornerstone of a healthy organization. Learn how Austin Pets Alive! keeps so many moving pieces in communication through end-of -day reporting, overnight data entry and checks and balances. Learn More

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Cats and Capacity for Care, Part 1

Kate Hurley, DVM, MPVMMay 2014

What if there was a magic wand we could wave over animal shelters to increase cat adoptions while cutting daily care costs, reducing stress for staff, creating a more welcoming environment for volunteers and visitors, and dramatically improving the health and welfare of shelter cats? It's not quite as easy as a magic wand, but Capacity for Care (C4C) can have these benefits and more. Learn More

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Cats and Capacity for Care, Part 2

Kate Hurley, DVM, MPVMMay 2014

In part 2 of Cats and Capacity for Care (C4C), the good news is that it can apply to any shelter, small or large, rich or poor, open or limited intake. Attaining Capacity for Care in the shelter frees resources to invest in building C4C in the community as well. Learn More

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The Dollars and Sense of Sheltering: A Tool for Financially Evaluating Your Shelter's Programs

Nicole Olynk Widmar, PhDAugust 2013

Sheltering isn't just about good intentions. It's about planning and developing programs that have a good chance of keeping animals healthy and happy, as well as maximizing adoptions and lifesaving. Learn More

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Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to Target Spay/Neuter Efforts

Janet M. Scarlett, DVM, MPH, PhDJuly 2013

Large numbers of kittens entering shelters continue to be a major problem for many shelters. Geographic information systems (GIS) technology can be used to identify geographic areas that repeatedly are a source of kittens. Learn More

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Metrics as a Tool for Disease Management

Janet M. Scarlett, DVM, MPH, PhDJuly 2012

Metrics are essential to monitoring population health and evaluating the effectiveness of changes in protocols and management strategies. Learn More

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Metrics as a Tool for Managing Infectious Disease in the Shelter

Janet M. Scarlett, DVM, MPH, PhDJuly 2012

Population management involves the integration of disease recording as it occurs, and the calculation and monitoring of key disease metrics over time. Learn More

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Web-Based Educational Resource Survey Results

January 2011

We asked our funded partners and newsletter subscribers to complete an online survey regarding educational resources available on the web. Learn More