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Maddie’s Pet Forum was developed to increase collaboration in the animal welfare industry and support pet caregivers all in the name of lifesaving. Shelter and rescue organi...

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Maddie's Pet Forum Admin
August 13, 2019 at 01:18 PM

Challenge Spotlight- 2nd Place- Most Creative Program Overall- Hillsborough County Pet Resource Ctr.

“Have you ever sat in a waiting room, waiting for your car to get serviced?” asks Lori Letzring, Manager of Pet Resources and Community Services at Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center (HCPRC). If you’re like us, you’re picturing fluorescent light bulbs, stale coffee and a lengthy wait. HCPRC’s strategy for the Get ...See More

  • I love it that HCPRC got help from businesses to make their strategy easier on staff. Great idea!
Maddie's Pet Forum Admin
August 15, 2019 at 09:27 AM

How is what you do feeding your passion?

What are you most passionate about?

  • This is precisely the type of program I had in mind. I have read about cat foster programs in Correctional Facilities in Washington, Indiana and Ohio. I am advocating for these programs in every state ...
  • FYI: has posted an article on a cat foster program in a prison. Title is Our Prison Foster Program. Thought you might be interested as a possible extention to cat therapy.
  • I don't choose any particular style/composer, though it helps to have a prevailing string section and piano is a plus. Who could I mention? Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven, Rossini, Verdi, Strauss, ...
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How to find foster homes?

Hello everybody!
We have had a cat foster program for years at our shelter, but we don't have foster homes for dogs. We have recently had a situation arise where we will be requiring one. My questions to you are;

1) How do you find appropriate foster homes for dogs?

2) What is your screening process?

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3 month old kitten picky eater

I have 3 month old kitten who is very picky eater, not sure what to do? He will only eat soft food if I pour some tuna juice?

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Director, Kitizen Science / MSc Student
August 18, 2019 at 04:29 PM

New project in development: Kitizen Science

Hi! I'm a grad student at the University of Washington and a volunteer at a TNR/low-income cat sterilization clinic in Seattle. The only familiar face I'm noticing is @JohnDBoone, but I may have interacted with some of you at the HSUS Expo. You may have also participated in one of the three national surveys I've run for feral/free-roaming cat...See More

  • Love this project! I'm signing up for the online validation study now. Sounds like fun! For anyone having trouble finding the Kitizen Science website, it's hyperlinked in the original post. Just put ...
  • Thanks for sharing! I completed the first validation survey, looking forward to learning more about your project cat
  • In case you haven't connected, you may also want to check out the DC Cat Count at Thank you for sharing about your project.
    Debates about outdoor cat policy are rarely productive and are often confrontational. This is in part because there are no broadly-accepted or...

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August 05, 2019 at 12:45 PM
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  • Interested in how we might be able to use this along with Petpoint?
  • I'm not affiliated at all, but this sounds like a good option for Lifeline Animal Project in Atlanta (currently managing Fulton & Dekalb counties) & Gwinnett County Animal Services (north ...
  • Jessica, I was just in Palm Valley last week and saw that they are using it there! It was my first introduction and thought this was super cool! I hope you get a lot of shelters that want to sign up!
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Maddie's Pet Forum Admin
July 23, 2019 at 05:22 AM
New activity:  August 03, 2019 at 02:57 PM

Challenge Spotlight- 2nd Place- Impact Award- Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society

When Beauregard McGee was found and taken to a North Philadelphia shelter, he tested positive for the Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV). Previously, his life would have been at risk because of this disease. Luckily for Beauregard, the Get ‘em Home Challenge had just begun, and Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) was kicking off two...See More

  • He's adorable!
  • Can you please share how you get the photo embedded in the post rather than added on as an attachment? Thanks,
  • Maybe someone tell me why , a few months ago I rescue a couple of cats ( 1.5 months) , we made the FeLV, and came possitive in one of the cats, in the quick test, we made blood tests and alll the ...
Maddie's Pet Forum Admin
July 18, 2019 at 06:36 AM
New activity:  August 15, 2019 at 02:30 PM
  • How important it is to speak with our pets all the time. Give them love and affirmations with gentle words and always use their names when you speak to them. Sure they are part of our household and ...
  • I wish I’d known that the TNR injunction going into effect in2009 would still be in effect in 2019 and I had joined the fight to keep in available. The City of Los Angeles still cannot fund, ...
  • That dogs are like potato chips--you can't just have one..grinning face But really the most important thing I have learned is that volunteering even a few hours a week can be immensely rewarding and does make a ...
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Maddie's Pet Forum Admin
August 06, 2019 at 12:10 PM
New activity:  August 08, 2019 at 09:19 AM

Young-Williams Animal Center- 3rd Place- Most Creative Program Overall

In order to find adopters for pets with long shelter stays and compete in the Get ‘Em Home Challenge, Young-Williams Animal Center developed progressive programming that involved many different areas. Their plan involved the creation of a field trip program, an innovative foster-to-adopt program, marketing pets heavily on social media,...See More

  • GREAT WORK!! Do you happen to have a foster-ambassador kit to give to fosters that streamline obtaining personality information? Or, social media guidelines or templates they can utilize to promote ...

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