Summer 2021 Online apprenticeships

Maddie’s Fund online apprenticeships provide an opportunity for organizations looking to improve their practices to benefit from the wisdom shared by well established innovative programs. The apprenticeships require completion of self-paced online materials as well as attendance at four 90-minute weekly Zoom meetings with your instructor and classmates. A final project is required. Only thirty students will be admitted to each apprenticeship and the selection process is competitive.

IMPORTANT: To apply for an online apprenticeship, you must first enroll in the application on Maddie's University, then complete the application and submit it. Applications are currently closed. 

To apply for acceptance into a Maddie's Fund apprenticeship, 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. Maddie’s Fund is an approved provider of content which enhances professional competence and aligns with the 5 domains of the CAWA Exam specifications. Every hour of training equals 1 CE towards CAWA Recertification.


Feline Lifesaving

Learn how to create and grow multiple coordinated shelter programs that will result in more cat adoptions and increased feline lifesaving. This advanced level apprenticeship is taught by the visionary Monica Frenden, Maddie’s Director of Feline Lifesaving at American Pets Alive!, who has changed the landscape for sheltered cats through creating programs that focus on live outcomes. In this 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.

When is this apprenticeship?

This apprenticeship runs August 3, 2021 through August 24, 2021. Zoom meetings are held each Tuesday at 1 PM PT/4 PM ET.  

Who should apply? 

This learning opportunity is for shelter/rescue organization directors, managers and coordinators who are empowered to make changes and launch new initiatives in their organizations.

Application

Applications are closed.

A New Model for Shelter Care: Replacing Kennels with Foster Homes

Are you interested in caring for the majority of your organization’s pets in foster homes? In this advanced level apprenticeship, students will learn how to create the infrastructure needed to support a greatly expanded foster program, how you can enable staff from every area of your shelter to work together toward this common goal and strategies for engaging your community in fostering. This apprenticeship is taught by Kelly Duer, Foster Care Specialist at Maddie’s Fund.

When is this apprenticeship?

This apprenticeship runs August 5 through August 26, 2021. Zoom meetings are held each Thursday at 1 PM PT/4 PM ET.

Who should apply? 

This learning opportunity is for directors and managers who are empowered to make changes and launch new initiatives in their organizations. 

Application

Applications are closed.


Shelter Clinic Management

Do you want to learn ways to ensure that each animal at your shelter or rescue receives the medical care, kindness, and solicitude that we would give our own pets? On a tight budget? Are you interested in learning how to systemize medical treatment and implement lifesaving protocols? If you want to learn how to balance quality care with caring for a large volume of animals then the Shelter Clinic Management Online Apprenticeship is for you.

This apprenticeship is taught by Jordana Moerbe, Maddie's Medical Program Advisor at American Pets Alive!. The apprenticeship will teach you how to manage a busy shelter clinic including staffing; communication both within the team and with other teams; increasing your organization’s capacity for medical foster care through effective communication and telemedicine; and triaging contagious diseases.

When is this apprenticeship?

This apprenticeship runs August 2, 2021 through August 23, 2021. Zoom meetings are held each Monday at 4 PM PT/7 PM ET.  

Who should apply? 

This learning opportunity is for clinic leaders who are interested in learning how to be most effective at implementing this type of program in their organization.

Application

Applications are closed.


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 apprenticeship is for you. You’ll learn 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. This apprenticeship is taught by Moriah Good, Interim Chief Operations Officer and Linda Batten, Foster Manager, Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA.

When is this apprenticeship?

This apprenticeship runs August 5, 2021 through August 26, 2021. Zoom meetings are held each Thursday at 4 PM PT/7 PM ET.

Who should apply? 

This apprenticeship opportunity is for directors and staff at organizations with brick and mortar shelters that are interested in learning how to be the most effective at implementing short-term foster programs. Organizations with limited staff and financial resources are encouraged to apply, as these programs are inexpensive to run and increase community engagement.

Application

Applications are closed.  


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 apprenticeship 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. This apprenticeship is taught by the shelter health team at Charleston Animal Society: Dr. Lucy Fuller, Dr. Margaret Morris, Abby Appleton, Becca Boronat and Ms. Pearl Sutton.

When is this apprenticeship?

This apprenticeship runs August 4, 2021 through August 25, 2021. Zoom meetings are held each Wednesday at 1 PM PT/4 pm ET.

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.

Application 

Applications are closed.


Lost Pet Reunification

Industry leaders now recognize pet reunification programming as at least equal in importance to adoption programming. Keeping pets out of your shelter has innumerable benefits to your organization, not least being the trust, goodwill (and donations!) you'll earn from your community. Add to that the joy of a pet and their family seeing each other for the first time after a period of grief, fear and uncertainty, and there are no downsides to implementing a lost pet reunification program.

Innovations in lost pet reunification have exploded during the pandemic and continue to emerge every day. This online apprenticeship will be held in a dynamic workshop format where we all share ideas, challenges and successes. You will also learn proven strategies to intervene before, during and after a lost or found pet comes in contact with your shelter and create an action plan for improving your lost pet reunification success rate. This apprenticeship is facilitated and co-led by members of the American Pets Alive! team: Rory Adams, Maddie's Training and Education Manager; Bobby Mann, Maddie’s® Human Animal Support Services Pilot Director; and Faith Wright, Maddie’s® Shelter Management Advisor.

When is this apprenticeship?

This apprenticeship runs August 2 through August 23, 2021. Zoom meetings are held each Monday at 12 PM PT/3 PM ET

Who should apply? 

This learning opportunity is for shelter/rescue organization directors, managers, and any other staff who are empowered to make changes and launch new initiatives in their organizations. People innovating lost pet reunification programs are encouraged to apply. You are also welcome to apply for two staff members to attend, as implementation is more likely the more staff complete the apprenticeship

Application 

Applications are closed.