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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
December 03, 2019 at 07:35 AM
Maddie's Pet Forum Admin
Yesterday at 12:11 PM

How does your shelter or rescue involve groups from your community?

Do you work with local colleges, businesses, school groups, etc.?

  • We do utilize a 2 college groups, and a few other groups who volunteer to help with our events and general shelter maintenance or landscape clean up, but not handling or socializing our animals. It ...

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Yesterday at 07:39 PM

Very restless and heavy panting first night home

We are fostering a 1.5 year old golden retriever and she is very restless, panting heavily and drinking a lot of water. Is this normal for her transition?

  • Check the dogs gums. If it’s got a bluish or purplish tinge it could be serious and the dog should see a vet ASAP. My Sheltie was showing signs once of this when we went to the vets office once ...
  • Just to add, If you see that panting is extremely intense and cannot be explained, you should get your dog to the nearest veterinarian immediately. However I think the move to rescue/foster may ...
  • I hesitate commenting as I am not a medical person and haven't even seen the dog, but to reassure you, Dogs frequently pant when under stress, a relocating, possibly a few time recently, especially if ...

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Director of Animal Shelter
December 03, 2019 at 02:17 PM
New activity:  20 hrs, 34 mins. ago

Price of adoption ?

I am curious to know what private non-profit animal shelters on here charge for adoptions? I have seen some crazy high amounts and can't figure out how they can do it. We have county shelters giving animals away or charging minimal fees and its hard to compete with that. We offer low costs for ours and lose a lot of money but its how we adopt more ...See More

  • We are a small 501c3 nonprofit no kill shelter on the Gulf Coast in Texas. We pull the majority of out animals from local municipal shelters, with few owner turn-ins. Our adoptions fees range from ...
  • On bonded adult pairs it is 2 for 1. Two kittens together is $200
  • We charge $125 for kittens (6 months and younger) $200 for puppies ( 6 months and younger) no discounts given on puppies and kittens. FIV and FeLV positive cats do not have an adoption fee. Adult dogs ...
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Maddie's Pet Forum Admin
November 12, 2019 at 10:20 AM
New activity:  December 03, 2019 at 08:47 AM

What is one thing you'd like to see or do more of at conferences and seminars?

This could be an activity (like a roundtable), a presentation topic, etc.

  • More in-depth social media & marketing. We all know how valuable social media and the internet in general is in raising funds, educating our communities, and finding adopters, volunteers, and ...
  • WHEN are we going to get with today's reality, and start using webinar coverage for those who are to busy or to poor to attend? I will never to attend because A. I am too handicapped to walk ...
  • Case studies of difficult cases. Show the steps they took, different agencies and officers have different ways of doing things. I always wonder how Officers/Investigators get permission to go into ...
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November 10, 2019 at 05:34 PM
New activity:  November 18, 2019 at 06:42 AM

FIP education & precautions

Our limited intake cat-only open cage shelter has had an uptick in FIP cases recently. Does anyone have education materials or policies for staff and volunteers to help us understand if we need to change what we are doing in any way. We don’t have our own vet but we do work with a local practitioner. I’ve asked her for guidance as...See More

  • We have also had an unusual number of cases of FIP over the last year or so. It's been so odd!! Keeping cats separate, really really cleaning litterboxes (as coronavirus can be transmitted through fecal ...
  • Hi Doobert, appreciate your input; however, the disease being discussed is FIP not FIV ...
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Maddie's Pet Forum Admin
October 31, 2019 at 07:01 AM
New activity:  November 13, 2019 at 10:25 AM

Tell us about a pet you're struggling to place right now

Are there any barriers to their adoption? Feel free to post photos! If you see a pet in someone else's comment that your organization has gotten successfully adopted, share how you did it!

  • Mia (the heeler) has been at the shelter for over a year. We have had to keep her in the offices due to potential to bite fingers when put through her kennel door. She does well with other dogs and ...
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