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Maddie's Pet Forum Admin
March 25, 2020 at 01:07 PM

eLearning Opportunities?

We may be stuck at home but the learning doesn't have to stop!

Since most of us are spending more time at home, what recommendations do you have for animal-related webcasts, online training courses, podcasts, recordings, websites and other educational resources?

  • I just created this webinar last week in collaboration with Best Friends and Michelson Found Animals. A great training tool for staff working from home and a way to ramp up our RTO efforts, which is ...
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Humane Educator
31 mins. ago

At-Home Humane Education Teaching Modules for Parents

During this uncertain time, HEART knows how important it is to provide engaging activities that nurture compassion and calm while learning at home. We are providing free humane education and social-emotional learning activity modules for parents and guardians to use with their children. Our first edition includes activities for art, reading,...See More

Network digital resource specialist
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COVID-19 Shelter Town Hall: Lifesaving Safely

COVID-19 Shelter Town Hall: Lifesaving Safely

The next virtual Shelter Town Hall is tomorrow, April 2, from 6 - 6:45 p.m Eastern. Our panelists will cover the latest CDC and veterinary guidelines, updated transport policies, understanding shelter-in-place ordinances, and examples from shelters in high-exposure areas.

Register here: See More

Director of Volunteer Services
6 hrs, 28 mins. ago

Volunteer Appreciation Week During COVID-19

Hi everyone,

Just reaching out to see if anyone on here has cool plans for volunteer appreciation week during COVID-19?

Fyi, we had planned on having a large party for 300+ volunteers and fosters to celebrate, recognize, and hand out awards.

Any ideas and suggestions are greatly appreciated!

Ag Teacher
20 hrs, 12 mins. ago

Shy and Nervous foster dog help


I am a new foster parent and I got my little guy yesterday. I know it’s only been 24 hours but I am looking for tips and input. This guy is maybe around 15 pounds and is some kind of terrier mix. He is EXTREMELY shy when it comes to people. He is comfortable around my other dogs and will even follow them around a little bit. He...See More

  • I find that calling your dogs over and giving them attention as you would normally do may help. You can kind of ignore the new guy and let him just observe the other dogs. I have seen this grow ...
  • Hi J, congratulations and thank you for fostering! Such fun! Setting up a consistent daily routine, and obedience training can really help. It helps to eliminate some of the unexpected for him and ...

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Maddie's Pet Forum Admin
March 11, 2020 at 03:52 PM
New activity:  Yesterday at 10:53 AM

Coronavirus Safety Measures?

With almost every media outlet discussing the outbreak of COVID-19, what precautions or safety measures are you and your organization taking to keep staff, volunteers, pets and community members safe?

Please share any concerns you have, tips or useful information that could help others!

  • The common wisdom is that pets cannot transfer the virus to humans and there's no confirmed source. However, it's likely that infected people can transfer it on to the animal's fur. When walking and I ...
  • I haven't read all the replies, so this may be a duplicate. I received this info from Bissell Pet Foundation about how they are assisting the nation's shelters. ...
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March 23, 2020 at 07:15 PM
New activity:  March 25, 2020 at 07:09 AM

Fostering a dog and feeling like I'm screwing it up

Hi all! I just brought home a 10 month old foster dog on Friday and I am feeling extremely overwhelmed. I feel like I'm doing everything wrong and don't know what to do. I'm trying to follow the "2 week shutdown" or decompression protocol. I was told "Zero affection, play hard to get, be the cool kid in high school....your only job is to build a...See More

  • Hi Jessa, i'd be happy to chat if you want to talk directly. Sometimes there is a VERY good reason for a two week decompression time and not following it can result in serious problems. Other times we ...
  • YOU'RE DOING GREAT! I've always heard it's about 3 weeks for a dog to adjust to the new environment, but every dog is different. Only you can decide how to build a relationship with this dog based on the ...
  • I am 3 days into my very first foster also. Nobody told me squat except when to bring him for ... alterations. I am by no means an expert, but that sounds like torture for you both. I know I didn't ...
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Behavior Manager
March 08, 2020 at 07:45 AM
New activity:  March 30, 2020 at 08:43 AM

Kitten Socialization Checklist?

Hello everyone!

I'm wondering if anyone knows of a good kitten socialization checklist that our foster parents can use to make sure they are exposing their kittens to a reasonable variety of experiences. I'm hoping for something like Dr. Yin's puppy checklist ( ), but...See More

March 25, 2020 at 08:35 AM
New activity:  March 30, 2020 at 07:33 AM

What TNR-related work are you doing during Covid-19?

With spay/neuter operations almost universally on pause during the coronavirus crisis, what are folks who usually spend their time trapping and managing TNR doing? How are you filling the down time? What are you doing to prepare for when surgeries restart?

I'm compiling a list of activities to share and would love to hear what others are doing....See More

  • Our Community Cat staffer is blockwalking to do targeted door hanging so she can build up her waitlist for specific zipcodes. She’s also working on intake data/heat maps of strays at the shelter ...
  • We are struggling with this as well - our spay/neuter clinics are suspended for the month of April, and kitten season is here in TN. We are worried it's really going to set us back in terms of trying ...
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