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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
October 31, 2019 at 06:31 AM

Introducing the Maddie’s Pet Forum Resource Library!

This new feature on Maddie’s Pet Forum gives you access to a free, digital collection of animal welfare related documents including protocols, templates, guides and other handouts that will benefit animals and those who care for them.

The Resource Library was created to make finding, downloading, saving and sharing files easier and more...See More

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Maddie's Pet Forum Admin
November 12, 2019 at 10:20 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.

  • Training shelter or dogs in rescue for folks in community rehab houses assimilating back into their communities. Guess would be similar to prison program. And programs using mapping or GIS programs ...
  • I'd love to see more time networking with one another. When I go to conferences/seminars, it's great to hear speakers don't get me wrong, but having those connections during breaks and meeting fellow ...
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Content Manager
16 hrs, 8 mins. ago

Finding Transport Partners

Does your community struggle to keep up with the number of animals entering your local shelter? Transport programs all over the country provide thousands of pets each year with a ticket to safety. This webinar is for anyone interested in starting or growing a transport program through cultivating transport relationships with communities, where...See More

  • Registered! We are in GA.
Director, Kitizen Science / MSc Student
November 12, 2019 at 03:21 PM

Spay/neuter research library

Hi! I wanted to share a resource page I created for Kitizen Science. I wrote an introduction to research issues and terminology, and then summarized the 35 articles that have been published in academic journals in North America that make a claim about the effects of spay/neuter. Many cat advocacy groups have similar lists, but omit the studies...See More

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Volunteer (adult/behavior dogs)
November 03, 2019 at 08:07 PM
New activity:  November 06, 2019 at 01:44 PM

Stress medications for Behavior Dogs

Hi all!

I am a longtime volunteer at a large municipal shelter (Pima Animal Care Center in Tucson, AZ). A number of years ago our shelter started using Trazodone for some of our dogs suffering from kennel stress. They also prescribe Prozac for a few dogs with more specific needs. This has really been a game changer for our dogs and the staff and...See More

  • Hi Christy. At our shelter we have found that when we don't have a quieter place available for the more reactive dogs, a blanket over the front of their kennel (if they don't pull it in and chew it) ...
October 18, 2019 at 01:55 PM
New activity:  November 07, 2019 at 11:17 AM

Looking for groups to send pets to our shelter in MA

hi all

our shelter is looking to expand our transport programs... (we were one of the 1st shelters in NE to start high volume transport programs where all pets were s/n PRIOR to adoption. Our transport programs started in Feb 1999 so we've definitely learned a LOT and have designed our protocols around illness/outbreaks etc) - our state is pretty...See More

  • Hi Leigh -- My organization does primarily advocacy & resource development for underserved shelters in GA (which is most). Sadly, Best Friends has just published that GA is the fifth worst state ...
  • We are also in a very rural area with more cats & kittens than we can house as a small, non-profit, no-kill foster based rescue. Finding a safe adoption source for our rescues is the only way that ...
  • I am a volunteer at the Toccoa Stephens County Humane Shelter in Northeast Georgia. We are a rural shelter and are awash in cats, kittens, dogs and puppies. I'm sure my administrator would be ...
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October 21, 2019 at 09:21 AM
New activity:  November 05, 2019 at 06:48 PM

Tell me your issues! :)


I'm doing a research project in the animal rescue space. As part of this project, I'm interviewing animal rescues, transports, sanctuaries, and shelters.

If you have 30 minutes this week or next I'd love to ask you some questions. I'll share feedback from all of my calls as we try to understand the top challenges and aspirations of top...See More

  • With regards to your request, you can reach me at My advocacy work is with and for cats.
  • I'd be open to a conversation. I volunteer in a leadership capacity with a rescue group that spans six states in the middle of the country. I can be reached at
  • I would be happy to talk about the shelter where I volunteer in Durham County, NC
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Maddie's Pet Forum Admin
October 31, 2019 at 07:01 AM
New activity:  14 hrs, 8 mins. ago

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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