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January 22, 2020 at 02:58 PM

What self care techniques do you practice?

Working in animal welfare can be both physically and emotionally draining. Whether you work or volunteer in a shelter/rescue or a related organization, the animals in our lives tend to come first. But in order to perform at our best and to avoid burn out or compassion fatigue, we must first take care of ourselves.

What are your favorite ways to...See More

  • I try to take a bubble bath every week (usually with a glass of wine and a good book smiling face-with-open-mouth-and-tightly-closed-eyes) and stick to an exercise schedule that involves working out at least 4x during the week. Depending on how I'm ...
  • I second Steve's music therapy. Reggae works well for me :-) And, I am diligent about cherishing my time away from work to recharge. It is challenging but important to have boundaries in that regard.
  • Listening to our classical radio station and playing any music that I feel like hearing (must be melodic and include a wide array of instrumentation) especially for my cats benefit. They are my ...
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Traveling Tie!

Team Dahlonega in north Georgia is a very active & successful group. For their freedom rides, they do something I find creative &'s called the "traveling tie". When animals are pulled from the shelter, they get a picture wearing a (human) tie and it makes for very fun pictures and engaging social media posts. Well done, Team ...See More

Pet Caregiver
January 22, 2020 at 12:40 PM

Skin rash

anyone offer help as to what’s going on with my dogs skin? Vet wasn’t too concerned. No bloodwork done. Just prescribed an oral antibiotic which doesn’t seem to be helping. He’s licking constantly which is creating huge sores on his belly. Also finding little bumps all over back & neck (so I know it’s not the...See More

  • I'm not sure what it is and I'm not a vet, but if your dog is uncomfortable and your current vet isn't worried about it I would definitely seek out a 2nd opinion to help your dog be more comfortable.

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Volunteer (adult/behavior dogs)
January 13, 2020 at 12:06 PM
New activity:  January 20, 2020 at 06:02 AM

Animals getting lost post-adoption

Good afternoon,

I'm curious how other shelters handle problems with adopters losing their pets right after bringing them home. Also, how prevalent is this problem in other shelters?

I volunteer at a high volume municipal shelter and it *seems like the number of pets lost right after being adopted is increasing. There have been days where we've had ...See More

  • Realizing this is a forum open to all view points and suggestions, here is a thought. This is nothing more than "what if". Does anyone have experience with using video to teach adopters a few basic ...
  • It seems to be an education issue. People adopt who are not necessarily ready and prepared for everything they will encounter. This is perfectly understandable. However, in the era we live in now, the ...
  • Adopters must be educated before taking the animal home. What is "common sense" to us may be completely new to an adopter. They may have no idea that a Husky can scale a 6' fence or a scared dog will ...
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January 05, 2020 at 09:00 AM
New activity:  January 13, 2020 at 12:00 PM

Dumping Grounds

Our local open-admission shelter has been "no-kill" for more than 10 years, but apparently not everyone in the community knows it. We still have to deal with dumped cats, and there are some popular dumping grounds in the area. Has anyone ever tried to mitigate the situation with a sign that informs citizens that the shelter is open admission,...See More

  • I like your ideas, especially the one about having a volunteer pick up the animals. What an original idea. I've lived in a lot of different parts of Florida, and also New England. I've discovered that ...
  • I certainly think the signs couldn't hurt! And it sounds like at least one location (the landowner considering cameras) would give you permission to post them. You could always do a 'trial run' for the ...
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January 04, 2020 at 11:06 AM
New activity:  January 17, 2020 at 09:09 AM

Animal Sheltering Conferences

Is there a comprehensive list of conferences around the US? Would you be willing to share which conferences you attend? I'm aware of The Association's, Best Friends, and Expo.

  • Here's a list to start - there are likely more regional ones out there: Utah Animal Control Officers ConferenceAmerican Pets Alive! ConferenceFlorida Animal Control Association (FACA) ConferenceAnimal ...
  • The date for The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine's 12th Annual Shelter Medicine Symposium has just been announced... SUNDAY, FEB 9TH, 8A-4P No charge to attend, includes ...
  • I recently attended the Best Friends Southeast regional Summit. One of the resources provided was this Humane Animal Control Manual. Very comprehensive...might be useful for talking points, local ...
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January 01, 2020 at 11:11 AM
New activity:  January 02, 2020 at 08:54 AM

2019 Recap of Maddie's Pet Forum!

Thank you for being part of the second year of Maddie's Pet Forum!

We appreciate every one of you who have taken the time to join our mission to better support animal welfare insiders, volunteers and pet caregivers with the goal of expediting and increasing lifesaving!

Your support and contribution to the Maddie’s Pet Forum community has...See More

  • Thank you for the recognition. I hope my participation & remarks have been of value to others in the forum...I have certainly learned a lot here! Our organization's motto is compassion, ...

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