Maddie's® Volunteer Dog Handling Program Apprenticeship

Jan 27 - 30, Feb 17 - 20, Mar 9 - 13 and April 27 - 30, 2020

Maddie's® Volunteer Dog Handling Program Apprenticeship at Austin Pets Alive!

If you need more help with dog care but don't have a budget for more staff, this class is for you. Learn how to build a robust dog volunteer program to safely assist your staff in daily dog care and operations. This course is taught by the people who run the dog program at APA!, that relies heavily on volunteer engagement and empowerment. Create a volunteer dog program to ensure that every dog in your care has daily enrichment and time out of their kennels every day. This course is focused on volunteer recruitment and retention. We provide you with safe, effective solutions to decrease the length of stay for medium and large dogs in your care and reduce return rates in your organization. We will guide you to design and develop a dog volunteer training program that empowers volunteers to be more involved in the daily care and enrichment for dogs in your care. Volunteers save lives, learn how to utilize them to save more dogs!

A $1000 stipend to offset the cost of travel and lodging will be awarded to the organization of each attendee 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).

The following Maddie's® Volunteer Dog Handling Program Apprenticeship courses offered by American Pets Alive! have been approved for continuing education credits by IAABC.

  • January 27 - 30, 2020 (35 CEU's)

Upon completion of the course students will need to request their certificate from the instructor.

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

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 27 - 30, Feb 17 - 20, Mar 9 - 13 and April 27 - 30, 2020. A total of 5 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