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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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  • Seeing a pet I worked really hard for get adopted by a person who loves them as much as I do. Also, seeing a person who thought their pet was lost forever reunited with them because of their microchip. ...
  • So many things! A few of my favorites: seeing a pet who's stressed out in the shelter get into foster and thrive, and seeing the amazing, more-successful-than-I-even-imagined-was-possible programs ...
  • Seeing all the success stories and learning how a new idea or practice addresses an old issue. We're so fortunate to have passionate, creative people in our field who won't stop until they find a ...

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Video for training basic opening kennel doors, how to lift a cat etc

I've been looking for basic skills for new hires to know while working with dogs and cats.

Marketing Communications Specialist at Maddie's Fund
Yesterday at 04:57 AM

Ask a former reporter about media relationships!

@NikkiReck, who is now the Public Information Officer for Pima Animal Care Center in Tucson, AZ, is also a former television journalist. She wrote a great Chew on This blog for us, all about relationships with the media. She will be monitoring this posting for any questions or comments you may have...When should you send a press release? Is a...See More

  • Great article @NikkiReck! Can you tell me more about news releases? How long should they be?
  • Hey y'all! So excited to answer your questions about working with media! As Kelly mentioned, I have experience "on the other side" so fire away!!

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Pima Animal Care foster volunteer
September 03, 2019 at 03:18 PM
New activity:  September 05, 2019 at 04:25 AM
  • I totally understand where you're coming from and I know you're looking for support, but communicating it by listing all the wrongs the shelter is doing with their name right there under yours will ...
  • Have you reached out directly to the leadership team and asked for clarification? Write down your questions and try to listen with an open mind and heart - there are likely two very different ...
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Maddie's Pet Forum Admin
August 20, 2019 at 04:23 PM
New activity:  August 27, 2019 at 06:57 AM

Challenge Spotlight- 1st Place- Most Creative Program Overall- Jacksonville Humane Society



This article first appeared on our #ChewOnThis blog in May. We recently caught up with Lindsay Layendecker, Jacksonville Humane Society’s (JHS) Senior Manager of Education and Outreach, who told us about some exciting additions to the program and how they used their winnings!

The deck appeared to be stacked against 15-year-old Freckles, who...See More



  • "Freckles rejects crown"! Of course she does!! Paper?? How DARE you....where are the diamonds in a platinum setting accented by sapphires? BA HA HA ;-) I love seeing this kind of thing! I especially ...
Maddie's Pet Forum Admin
August 22, 2019 at 08:11 AM
New activity:  September 08, 2019 at 08:14 AM

If could pick any topic to attend an apprenticeship on, what would it be?

(Don't limit yourself to the ones that already exist-- this is for fun!) Also, what are you interested in learning more about in other ways, such as blogs and webcasts?

  • Starting or growing volunteer programs, providing in-house leadership training for kennel staff/floor staff.
  • I’d love to learn more about fundraising when starting a brand new rescue organization!
  • Storytelling! It's so essential for non-profits (communication, marketing, fundraising, grants, engagement, education) and I would love to learn from other professionals in animal welfare.
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Technology Guy
August 24, 2019 at 04:40 AM
New activity:  August 27, 2019 at 09:50 AM
  • Our shelter would be interested.
  • Our shelter is definitely interested in learning more about possibly participating.... we have tens of thousands of active social media fans and are always looking for more ways to get the word out :) ...
  • Very interesting, we would love more information!
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