Maddie’s Pet Forum

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
March 13, 2019 at 02:44 PM

Question of the Week #37 - Advice for new shelters or rescue organizations

What advice would you give to someone who wants to start their own shelter, rescue or related organization?

  • SilverCometAWA  

    Having recently formed an advocacy group, I would say the first step is determining the most significant need in your ...
Maddie's Pet Forum Admin
March 15, 2019 at 01:36 PM

Meet Founding Member - Emily Grossheider

Get to know our founding member, Emily Grossheider in this week's feature interview!


Chief Innovation Officer
Dogs Playing for Life

Tell us about you and your history in animal welfare.

I grew up in the land of Maddie in the East San Francisco Bay Area where I lived until I moved to Santa Barbara, California in 2007 to attend school at...See More

  • Anitra Holley  

    Our shelter, Paws Humane Society in Columbus, GA, was fortunate enough to have DPFL teach a 3 day workshop recently. ...

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Executive Director
Yesterday at 08:00 AM

Increase in returns

A year ago we began a more open conversational approach to adoptions. We have increased adoptions but we have also increased our return rate. A part of our adoption paperwork says that if they are unable to keep the pet the are to return to us. This has always been a part of the paperwork. Is this something others have encountered?

  • Karen Green  

    You may be seeing more returns because people are feeling more trust toward your shelter and are comfortable returning the ...
part time building manager
Yesterday at 03:40 AM
  • Dorian  

    I wish you were closer. We have a low cost vet here, and several others that are normally not low-cost, ...
Executive Director
March 16, 2019 at 06:18 AM

Spay/Neuter Clinic

We had our first spay/neuter clinic in the PAAS building yesterday (March 15th) and 31 dogs/cats were fixed. Thanks to a partnership with Oklahoma Humane Society. Next one is planned for April 12th and it is full!!!!

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February 17, 2019 at 04:48 PM
New activity:  March 10, 2019 at 06:01 AM

Marketing for animals

Hi, Charlotte NC here. I have a question about marketing fosters and older animals. Does anyone have ideas on training ideas for foster parents and volunteers regarding write ups on animals. Not just "it loves to be petted" " this kitten likes to purr" the struggle is real.

  • Carmen  

    We do electronic flyers like this and they are really effective. Within one day of posting this Tater had a ...
  • Cameron Moore  

    You're getting some good responses, the one thing I would add is to share a couple of cute creative bios ...
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Cat Foster Coordinator
February 10, 2019 at 01:37 PM
New activity:  February 18, 2019 at 01:53 PM
  • Bryan Kortis  

    hi, Jen, What you're talking about I think is more accurately described as a Return to Field program, not a ...
  • FlyngMonkee  

    Hi! If a friendly cat or kitten is brought in as a stray we hold it for the legal time ...
  • Jenn at High Plateau Humane Society  

    Jen Tate, in my opinion returning cats to the field should be the LAST thing considered if it is not ...
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March 12, 2019 at 08:30 AM
New activity:  March 14, 2019 at 03:06 PM

Background checks for potential adopters

Hello! I am a volunteer for a small rescue based in MD focused on saving dogs from high-kill shelters. We have recently been debating the need to perform official background checks on applicants before finalizing an adoption. Does your organization perform background checks? If yes, what service(s) do you use?



  • Karen Green  

    There are some great resources you can share with your group, including the Adopters Welcome program that Cameron mentioned, that ...
  • Terri  

    Our organization is a small cat only group. We learned at the knee of Maddie's Fund the philosophy of starting ...
  • Cameron Moore  

    Hi Natalie, I think this is totally unnecessary to adopt a pet. I would strongly recommend that the volunteers in ...
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February 16, 2019 at 04:02 AM
New activity:  March 07, 2019 at 07:04 PM

Food at shelters

I am curious about what kind of food shelters use? Do you have a specific kind that you use or do you mix food that is donated from donors? Thanks for your imput

  • FlyngMonkee  

    Hi, We use Purina EN which is made for boarding and shelter animals. It is a bit more expensive but ...
  • Jenn at High Plateau Humane Society  

    We are a small shelter (120 dogs/year) and we have been fortunate to typically be able to fill our food ...
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