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 organization professionals and volunteers can communicate, collaborate, ask questions, and share expertise publicly in the forum and also privately within communities and groups created in the forum.

Latest Discussions
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  • MsMelinda

    I couldn't agree more with everyone's suggestion to start by volunteering.  I'm currently on this journey and here are a ...
  • ShellyThompson

    I made the switch from computer software to animal welfare 16 years ago and agree with so much of the ...
  • Fearless Kitty

    What a great question followed by great answers. My input/answer is super simple.  Just start...get your foot in the door. ...
  • ChristinaG

    Really depends on what they want to do. I personally started volunteering doing animal protection legislative work and then began ...
  • Rob

    I'd also recommend doing a ride-along with an animal control officer.
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June 19, 2018 at 12:39 PM
  • Fearless Kitty

    Are you going to start a rescue for cats or both cats and dogs? I co-founded Fearless Kitty Rescue 6 ...
  • HARTT Rescue

    Starting a rescue or non-profit of any kind is work.  Hard work.  But, it usually is a worthwhile investment of ...
  • KellyM

    Best Friends offers a workshop on how to start and run an animal sanctuary. You can find more details ...
  • mfogliano

    It depends on what type of advice you're seeking. Check out joangarry.com for nonprofit leadership advice if you need it. She ...
  • LaurenWickmanHSSV

    I have no experience in starting a rescue, so I am no help there. I do want to pose a ...
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June 16, 2018 at 05:10 PM
  • Tawana

    Hi there! I'm assuming you will be taking these cats and kittens into be altered as part of Trap Neuter ...
June 16, 2018 at 02:38 PM
  • federlein

    If there is an area where they tend to sleep you can sprinkle the ground or bedding with FOOD GRADE ...
  • Dorian

    First of all I would seek help getting them spayed and neutered. At the same time a flea treatment can ...

Hot Discussions
Manager of Partnerships & Collaboration
July 12, 2017 at 11:16 AM

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My name is Rain Jordan. I'm late to introductions!  I'm originally from the San Francisco bay area of California; the ...
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  • Iris

    I am the director small foster based rescue, West Jersey Volunteers for Animals, in South Jersey, outside of Phildelphia.  We ...
  • MustLuvDogs

    Hi.  My name is Cindy Shotwell. I’m the founder & Exec Director of a foster based rescue called Must Luv ...
  • Debi

    My name is Debi, I'm originally form Wilmington Delaware, but reside in Picayune Mississippi, I work at prcspca a small ...
  • KimMel

    My name is Kim Melanson I am a certified canine behavior counselor and trainer. I live in Natick MA with ...
  • heathergHSP

    Hello!  I am the Behavior Department Manager for the Humane Society of Pinellas in Florida. I manage programs including offsite ...
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June 06, 2018 at 03:40 PM
  • Karen Green

    Building a great workplace that takes care of the people who work together to save the animals. I love being able to ...
  • Donna

    I am proud of so many things it's hard to choose one. Witnessing a perfect match with an adoption; seeing ...
  • Kay Stout

    We successfully transitioned from a "shelter" to transport hub.  As a result, 2,800+ dogs (and a few hundred cats) have ...
  • Love Watson

    Seeing a former behavior or socially challenged dog get adopted into a wonderful home and see the awesome updates from ...
  • Susan Willard

    Knowing that a dog or puppy that suffered from parvo or distemper got adopted.  We put so much effort into ...
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June 13, 2018 at 03:29 PM
  • PUPS

    Feral Cat Dens!! Since we have put them in to use with all scared/feral cats that come in to our ...
  • fredSPCA

    We use Vengage for $9/month and it helps us create awesome, engaging newsletters to send to staff and board weekly ...
  • Zooramey

    Bagels/donuts for the staff! Puts everyone in a good mood, and let’s them know they are appreciated. The animals win ...
  • Kristi B. at Cat Adoption Team

    Ultraship 35 digital scale to weigh kittens in foster care. They are $25-$35 each, but it is so important to ...
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Foster caregiver - Cat
December 06, 2017 at 03:00 PM
  • Sistine

    HSEC has a "Doggie Field Trip" option for volunteer shifts every day. Volunteers can choose the times of 9-11 am ...
  • Supersvensk

    Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue in Kennesaw, Georgia has this program.  Although I don't work a regular shift, I come every ...
  • Finn

    I'll be at Texas Unites in Austin next weekend. I'd love to chat with folks who have a program or ...
  • Amber A.

    We, in Galveston County, Texas, allow this. It is a great way to give the dogs a break. We have had ...
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