Fall 2022 Online Instructor-Led Courses

Looking to implement a new program, learn more about a specific subject and create positive change for pets and people in your community? 

Maddie’s Fund® Online Instructor-Led Courses provide an interactive educational opportunity for those who are looking to benefit from the wisdom of established innovative programs. They’re the catalyst you need to take your programs and learning to the next level! These courses require completion of: self-paced online materials, (4) 90-minute Zoom classes with your instructor and classmates, and a final project. Class size is limited and the selection process is competitive. 

THE FALL 2022 APPLICATION WINDOW IS AUGUST 22-31. Links to applications will be available below on August 22, 2022. Classes start the week of September 26th.

Sample Application

To apply (1) click the application hyperlink provided in the description below (2) click the green ENROLL button on the application webpage, and (3) click submit on the survey via Survey Monkey. To be eligible, your organization must be a U.S. based 501c3 or government animal welfare organization. All Maddie’s University courses are pre-approved for NACA and CAWA CE (continuing education) credits. Every hour of training equals 1 CE credit towards CAWA Recertification.

If you have any questions please email maddiesuniversity@maddiesfund.org.


Field Services Series: Community-Centered Programming 

This Online Instructor-Led Course from NACA will teach you everything you need to know about the foundations and future of animal field services. You’ll hear from several shelters that are successfully redefining what field services mean in their cities, jurisdictions and within their communities, including time for Q&A. We’ll explore innovative and lifesaving programming involved in a community-focused field services approach such as fence fixing programs, reunification strategies in the field, data driven program targeting, and field intake to placement programs. In addition to program structures, common challenges with implementation and how to overcome barriers will also be discussed. The virtual (Zoom) classes for this Instructor-Led Online Course will be interactive. You’ll leave with a solid understanding of where field services have been, where we are now, and where we are going. 

Instructor: Jerrica Owen CAWA, Executive Director, National Animal Care & Control Association 

This instructor-led course requires a time commitment of 14 hours for coursework and classes. 

When? Class time: Fridays, 12:00-1:30 PM ET, starting September 30th 

Who should apply? Directors, managers, coordinators and animal services officers are encouraged to apply. Best for shelter-based organizations with field services, like municipal organizations or organizations with municipal contracts. 

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Empowering Fosters to Help Market Pets from Foster Care 

Through training, automating processes and making sending foster pet feedback as easy as possible, shelters and rescue organizations are keeping length of stay low, foster retention high and setting up their foster caregivers for success. Whether you’re just beginning to design your approach, or you’d like to make your current process more efficient, this class is for you. Students will learn about existing marketing resources for foster caregivers, how animal welfare organizations are training and supporting fosters with marketing, and strategies for automating processes and including volunteer support, troubleshooting and more. 

Instructor: Kelly Duer, Senior Outreach Specialist, Maddie’s Fund 

This instructor-led course requires a time commitment of 12 hours for coursework and classes. Online (Zoom) classes are interactive. You will be expected to join breakout rooms to brainstorm ideas, interact with other students and have some fun.  

When? Class Time: Wednesdays, 4 PM ET, starting September 28th 

Who should apply? For directors, managers or staff who are empowered to make changes and launch new initiatives in their organizations. Priority will be given to organizations that have two or more representatives apply (e.g., foster and marketing staff).

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Feline Lifesaving

Learn how to create and grow multiple coordinated shelter programs that will result in more cat adoptions and increased feline lifesaving. In this advanced level instructor-led course, students will learn how to create and manage essential cat programs, lead staff and volunteers to accomplish goals and be as effective as possible with limited resources. Course content includes: Shelter-Neuter-Return, Intake Management, FIV, FeLV, Ringworm, Behavior Programs, Foster Care, Matchmaking, Working Cat Programs, and more.

Instructor: Monica Frenden, Chief Innovation Officer: Feline Lifesaving at Cincinnati Animal CARE and The Joanie Bernard Foundation

This instructor-led course requires a time commitment of 20 hours for coursework and classes.

When? Class time: Tuesdays, 3:00-4:30 PM ET, starting September 27th

Who should apply? For shelter-based organization directors, managers or coordinators who are empowered to make changes and launch new initiatives in their organizations. Representatives of organizations with physical facilities will get the most from this offering.

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Foster Care for Adult Dogs

Adult dogs are sitting in shelters. Let's get them out and into homes and let's get your organization on board with a foster-centric mentality for adult dogs. This course will teach you how to grow or create your program. We’ll discuss the biggest challenges and how you can avoid or overcome them. Topics of discussion will include: creating a shift in organizational culture, marketing foster dogs, field trips, short-term and emergency foster care, support and training foster caregivers, and more. Online (Zoom) classes are interactive. You will be expected to join breakout rooms to brainstorm ideas, interact with other students and have some fun. This course offers two instructors, who are in credible assets in the world of big dog well-being and creating positive outcomes! 

Instructors: Sarah Aguilar, CAWA, consultant and Rachel Jones, consultant

This instructor-led course requires a time commitment of 15 hours for coursework and classes.

When? Class Time: Tuesdays, 5:00-6:30 PM ET, starting September 27th

Who should apply? For directors, managers or staff who are empowered to make changes and launch new initiatives in their organizations. Priority will be given to organizations that have two or more representatives apply (e.g., manager and staff teams).

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Short-Term Foster and Field Trips

Is your organization looking to save the lives of more adult dogs? Do you have a brick and mortar shelter? Then this instructor-led course is for you. Dive deep into learning how to create and run several types of short-term foster programs that will provide your dogs with enrichment, get them seen, give you great marketing material, and expand your foster caregiver base. Programs covered include field trips, overnights and emergency foster care. If you already have a short-term foster program but think you could do better, this apprenticeship will teach you how from the perspective of an organization that is doing it successfully. 

Instructor: Linda Batten, Foster Manager, Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA

This instructor-led course requires a time commitment of 12 hours for coursework and classes.

When? Class Time: Thursdays, 2:30 PM ET, starting September 29th

Who should apply? For all levels of staff and/or volunteers (executives, veterinarians, managers, coordinators or assistants, etc.). Organizations with physical facilities will get the most from this offering. Those with limited staff and financial resources are encouraged to apply, as these programs are inexpensive to run and increase community engagement.

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Shelter Clinic Management

Want to learn how to treat more animals and save more money? This instructor-led course will teach you to systematize medical treatment and implement lifesaving protocols in your shelter's medical clinic, balancing quality care with the capacity to care for a large volume of animals. Learn how to manage a busy shelter clinic through effective communication and telemedicine, proper staffing, and the triage of contagious diseases.

Instructor: Jordana Moerbe, Practice Manager at Rockin' Pets, Rollin' Vets and past Maddie's Medical Program Director at American Pets Alive!

This instructor-led course requires a time commitment of 12 hours for coursework and classes.

When? Class time: Thursdays, 5:00 PM ET, starting September 29th

Who should apply? For shelter executives, veterinarians, clinic managers, coordinators or assistants; or anyone who wants to start or improve their organization's medical services via a shelter clinic.

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Humane Education

Are you an animal welfare professional looking to expand your shelter’s reach and engage with new community members while generating additional revenue? If so, humane education programs allow you to do all of these things with the added benefit of creating a more compassionate community! In this course, you will learn about the tools and techniques needed to garner support from your organization, create programs that fit your needs and get tips and tricks to get you started right away. If you are already facilitating humane education programs, we will dive into specific games, lessons, program details and ways to continue to amplify your audience. Topics include: safety and liability, marketing, funding opportunities, resources at your disposal, incorporating animal ambassadors, how to measure your success and more.

Instructors: De Daltorio, Chief Education Officer, Heather Grogan, Director of Humane Education, and Kylie Wiest, Humane Education Manager, at Charleston Animal Society

This instructor-led course requires a time commitment of 12 hours for coursework and classes.

When? Class time: Thursdays, 3:00 PM ET, starting September 29th

Who should apply? For shelter or rescue organizations looking to grow their youth programming. We encourage shelter directors, managers, staff and/or volunteers. 

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Managing Shelter Health

Are you a shelter director, manager or involved with the healthy flow of animals from intake to adoption? Are you interested in increasing your skills and knowledge as it applies to shelter management and shelter medicine? In this course you will learn how to integrate shelter management and shelter medicine best practices in your own organization to improve the quality of care and save more lives. Topics covered include managing admissions, evaluating capacity for care, conducting rounds, providing proper housing, cleaning and disinfecting, recognizing disease, intake procedures, enrichment and more. 

Instructors: The shelter health team at Charleston Animal Society: Dr. Lucy Fuller, Dr. Margaret Morris, Abby Appleton, Becca Boronat and Ms. Pearl Sutton.

This instructor-led course requires a time commitment of 15 hours for coursework and classes.

When? Class time: Wednesdays, 4:00 PM ET, starting September 28th

Who should apply? Shelter operations staff, shelter directors, shelter medical staff or any shelter employee or board member who may be involved in animal flow planning or animal disposition planning.

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Care Pathways: Guiding Animals Through the Shelter (behavior focus)

Care pathways have long been used in human medical care, and now they are being used successfully in animal care too! Care pathways are standardized paths that guide a group of pets from intake to outcome and direct our often limited resources to the animals that really need them. These pathways aim to reduce shelter stay, providing high quality and efficient care for animals in your organization’s care, based on their common needs. During this course, you’ll generate a plan for your organization, including components for step-by-step implementation and programmatic evaluation. We’ll discuss all types of care pathways; however, there will be a *focus on care pathways related to animal behavior.

Instructor: Sheila Segurson, DVM, DACVB, Director of Outreach and Research, Maddie's Fund®

This instructor-led course requires a time commitment of 12 hours for coursework and classes.

When? Class Time: Thursdays, 4:00 PM ET, starting September 29th

Who should apply? For shelter-based organization directors, managers or coordinators who are empowered to make changes and launch new initiatives in their organizations. Representatives of organizations with physical facilities will get the most from this offering. Ideally, the course could be taken by a small group, or at least two staff persons, as planning will be a part of the coursework. Behavior staff are encouraged to apply. 

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