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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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22 hrs, 8 mins. ago

Feline bonded pairs

We currently have a large number of bonded cats at our shelter- more pairs than we have single cats, at the moment. Our shelter manager would like us to asses the pairs and determine 1) if they are truly bonded, and 2) which pairs we can separate. Do any of you have protocol for determining who needs to stay together that you'd be willing to...See More

  • Good Morning Michelle, My kennel staff does daily evals on each animal in our care. We track eating habits, urine and stool production, and behavior ( Including signs of stress ). This gives our ...
22 hrs, 32 mins. ago

Cat friends - your help needed!

Dear Cat Friends,

INTRO
I am huge fan of cats and an academic who has recently done work in the field of mammal paralinguistics. Because of this research, my colleagues and I have decided to work on an app to help owners monitor the wellbeing of their cats.

WHY I AM WRITING
We are trying to making a difference, and I am writing to you for help.

We are...See More







July 02, 2020 at 07:36 PM

Just adopted a rescue from Puerto Rico and poor thing is feral - help?

Hi all. About 2 weeks ago I adopted a 3 lb dog rescued from Puerto Rico. I was told he was shy. It is more than that. He is feral. He is completely afraid of humans, he constantly runs and hides, he won't go out on a leash, he hides and shakes constantly. I have tried everything. The only thing he does is eat and stay in his bed. Period. If I even ...See More

  • I WOULD SAY TWO WEEKS IS NOT NEARLY ENOUGH TIME BUT YOU WILL HAVE TO KEEP MAKING BABY STEPS UNTIL HE IS MORE COMFORTABLE. MAY NEVER HAVE BEEN AROUND HUMANS IN A GOOD WAY. OFTEN, A RESCUE CAN TAKE A ...
  • Bless you for wanting to help this pup. Although he may be truly feral, he may also still be somewhat traumatized by the whole experience of being caught, put on a plane, driven to a noisy shelter, ...
  • I had one very similar. I put him in a crate in the middle if our home, where he could watch the other dogs and us. He ate in there too. I also covered part of the crate in the evening to make him ...

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cat caregiver
June 29, 2020 at 12:44 PM
New activity:  June 30, 2020 at 09:04 AM

Cat behavioral assessment form

Does anyone have a fairly simple form that our volunteers could use to assess the behavior/personality of a cat that is new to the rescue? The cat will have already been deemed friendly by our vet tech, but we are wanting to provide the adoption counselors with a better understanding of the cat's behavior after it gets into one of the adult...See More

  • ASPCA has a great resource called "Felineality", I've created a more simple form if you are a little short on time based off of how many you may intake. This is a google form, and google sheet that ...
June 17, 2020 at 09:14 AM
New activity:  June 19, 2020 at 10:45 AM

Cat quarantine question

Hey guys, huge debate between our staff and the board on quarantine kennel design. We have a 10x10 room where we have particle board kennels where we keep sick cats. As we know, this is horrible for contagious cats! The cats only stay in this room while sick-so maybe 5 days or so , then they are moved to our community cat room.

So, the question...See More

  • I think giving them more space would lessen their stress, and thus may lessen the amount of time that they are sick.
  • Dear Amanda, Thank you for asking this very common question! The answer is very clear and scientifically based so we can resolve this debate. Square footage available for confined cats is directly ...
Filmmaker | Video Producer & Editor
May 22, 2020 at 01:02 PM
New activity:  June 30, 2020 at 12:59 PM

Dear Humans Film

Hi Everyone,

A fellow filmmaker and I created a film for 501c3 non-profit animal shelters and rescues to use to thank their followers for stepping up during Covid-19.

A huge thank you to the amazing rescue heroes who donated footage, lent their voices, donated their music to make this film. Any costs that were out of pocket was paid for by myself,

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  • Awesome job Michael! I will be emailing you our logo. We’d love to get a personalized copy for our followers and volunteers!
  • Great job with your movie! Thank you for making it! :-)
  • wonderful movie! we need one for cat fosters!
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Senior Program Director
June 10, 2020 at 07:49 PM
New activity:  June 10, 2020 at 07:49 PM

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