Maddie’s Pet Forum

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 14, 2019 at 04:00 PM
  • We were thinking about doing a volunteer feature monthly (or maybe every 3 months?) on our instagram to give them a shoutout and a thank you with a little write up about them and their work at the ...
Maddie's Pet Forum Admin
October 17, 2019 at 03:11 PM

What was your most successful adoption event?

What did your organization do that helped to ensure its success? What things did you do that helped it to run smoothly?

  • Our most successful adoption event would have to be our Clear The Shelter event. We have a huge turn out every year and all though we don't adopt out all of our animals that day, we do adopt out 40-50 ...
  • We have 2 big outdoor fundraising events. One is hosted by a popular, restaurant/ bar and a wine bar next door. They both are dog friendly and the event is held in their parking lot. At both events we ...

Latest Discussions
6 hrs, 16 mins. ago

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

Pet caregiver
16 hrs, 20 mins. ago

Arthritis care

My pets now over 11 years old and she's got arthritis. As I live in upstairs home it's difficult for her to go up and down the stairs. For now she can make it but over time it will get harder. Any tips for helping her go up and down? When we try to carry her it seems to hurt her more so we avoid that, unless it's an emergency. Maybe some sort of...See More

  • My senior dog is going through the same thing. He's over 60 lbs so a friend would wrap him in a blanket and carry him up or down when necessary. Glucosamine has definitely helped. You may want to ask ...
  • I have a similar situation with my 15 year old beagle. I started her on Dasuquin supplement last month and she's so much less stiff. It's like she's a puppy again. <3 I still carry her up and down ...

Hot Discussions
October 05, 2019 at 03:03 PM
New activity:  October 14, 2019 at 08:00 PM

What websites are rescues using to post adoptable dogs?

I have been managing social media for a small volunteer only rescue for about a year now and it was just brought to my attention that we haven't been posting the dogs on petfinder for quite some time (I think everyone was under the assumption we were). The volunteer who used to manage this commented that Petfinder was no longer the predominant...See More

  • Wow, this is all such great information. THANK YOU! It's really great to hear from those actually using the different services. Would love to continue the conversation and hear what others use, other ...
  • I highly recommend for marketing pets. From their Pet Adoption Portal, photos and descriptions are sent to, and a whole bunch more. You only have to enter ...
  • We have PetHarbor linked to our website. It updates once an hour!
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September 23, 2019 at 04:08 PM
New activity:  8 hrs, 9 mins. ago

Help with shelter research

Hi everyone!

I've always been interested in helping animals. I spent a number of years fostering dogs and volunteering at local shelters, but I continually find myself wondering how I might be able to have a greater impact at a larger scale.

I'm hoping to speak with employees and volunteers at shelters and rescues so I can learn more about how...See More

  • Hi Danny, I fostered some cats last year and have been wondering the same thing. I'm currently a user experience design student at university of michigan and i'm working on a project to improve ...
  • Hey Danny, I felt similarly to you 3 years ago, and I ended up building a software to address a major challenge I saw. If you're interested in leveraging data and technology in sheltering, I'd be ...
  • To add to what UCC_Erin wrote, you don't have to be local to the shelter to help. We have people that are remote from differing areas of the country helping us out with records, etc.
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Marketing Communications Specialist at Maddie's Fund
September 19, 2019 at 04:57 AM
New activity:  September 30, 2019 at 06:07 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 information! We have Facebook & Instagram accounts but not Twitter. While I realize it’s an extra avenue for exposure, how important do you think it is in the grand scheme of things ...
  • 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!!
Marketing Communications Specialist at Maddie's Fund
October 03, 2019 at 06:21 AM
New activity:  October 09, 2019 at 02:00 PM

Are your pets in foster care for too long? Help is here!

We have Rachel Jones (@Rachy88), Adult Dog Foster Coordinator for Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) here with us to answer your questions on how to help dogs get out of their foster homes faster.

Read the blog here and then ask away, or just discuss our own success stories!

How have you made it easier for your fosters to participate in marketing? Do ...See More

  • Thank you so much for sharing your expertise! I adore your videos on Facebook!! Is there a copy of your foster kennel card (with the fantastic clip art) available for download?
  • Just want to say, this is super helpful!

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