Spring 2022 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. Apprenticeship size is limited and the selection process is competitive. 

The Spring 2022 application window is set for January 24-28, 2022 and apprenticeships will start the week of February 14, 2022. Links to applications will be available below on January 24, 2022. Please take time to review the sample application in preparation. Incomplete applications are not considered. 

SAMPLE ONLINE APPRENTICESHIP APPLICATION

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. 

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.


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 Gina Knepp, National Shelter Engagement Director at Michelson Found Animals and members of the American Pets Alive! team: Rory Adams, Maddie's Training and Education Manager; and Bobby Mann, Maddie’s® Human Animal Support Services Pilot Director. THIS APPRENTICESHIP REQUIRES A TIME COMMITMENT OF 9 HOURS FOR HOMEWORK AND MEETINGS.

When is this apprenticeship?

Required Zoom meetings held Mondays, February 14 - March 7, 2022, 1 pm PT/4 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

Lost Pet Reunification Apprenticeship Application NOTE: You must first enroll in the application on Maddie's University, then complete the application and submit it.


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, Chief Innovation Officer: Feline Lifesaving at Cincinnati Animal CARE and The Joanie Bernard Foundation. Monica 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. THIS APPRENTICESHIP REQUIRES A TIME COMMITMENT OF 20 HOURS FOR HOMEWORK AND MEETINGS.

When is this apprenticeship?

Required Zoom meetings held Tuesdays, February 15 - March 8, 2022, 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

Feline Lifesaving Apprenticeship Application NOTE: You must first enroll in the application on Maddie's University, then complete the application and submit it.


Marketing Communications 101: The Essentials

Are you interested in developing an authentic relationship with your audience through marketing and communications? In this apprenticeship we take the concepts of the self-paced course and dive deeper into the how-to's of marketing communications. Students will learn how to create a marketing communications plan, how to use SEO to elevate your visibility through online search, sync up your brand and voice in all your communications and how to cultivate your community to reach your entire community. 

This apprenticeship is taught by the Maddie’s Fund Marketing Communications Team along with special guest instructors from the marketing communications field. Maddie’s Fund instructors: Sharon Fletcher, Brittany Ransonet, Craig Coryell and Wendy Frink. THIS APPRENTICESHIP REQUIRES A TIME COMMITMENT OF 10 HOURS FOR HOMEWORK AND MEETINGS.

When is this apprenticeship?

Required Zoom meetings held Thursdays, February 17 - March 10, 2022, 10:30 am PT/ 1:30 pm ET.

Who should apply? 

This learning opportunity is for animal welfare professionals looking to understand foundational concepts of marketing and communications. Those who develop communications, marketing, advertising, and fundraising messaging and materials, communicate with audiences using press releases, email, newsletters, website and social media posts. Those who want to expand their audience reach and communicate with their entire community. 

Application

Marketing 101: The Essentials Apprenticeship Application NOTE: You must first enroll in the application on Maddie's University, then complete the application and submit it.


Ringworm Detection, Treatment and Management

Ringworm is not a fatal disease unless it shows up at a shelter that is unprepared. In this apprenticeship you’ll learn how your shelter can detect and cure ringworm infections and avoid an outbreak through proper management. The apprenticeship is taught by Laura Mullen, CAWA, who founded the SPORE (Shelters Preventing Outbreaks of Ringworm through Education) program at the San Francisco SPCA, which has helped 83 shelters in 24 states start or improve their ringworm programs. The ringworm program at the SF SPCA successfully treats about 300 animals each year. THIS APPRENTICESHIP REQUIRES A TIME COMMITMENT OF 9 HOURS FOR HOMEWORK AND MEETINGS.

When is this apprenticeship?

Required Zoom meetings held Mondays, February 14 - March 7, 2022, 10 am PT/1 pm ET.

Who should apply? 

This apprenticeship opportunity is for anyone who wants to start a ringworm treatment program or grow an existing program in their shelter or rescue. All levels of staff will benefit: assistants, managers, veterinarians and executives.

Application

Ringworm Detection, Treatment and Management Apprenticeship Application NOTE: You must first enroll in the application on Maddie's University, then complete the application and submit it.


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 apprenticeship, you will learn 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 covered include safety and liability, marketing, funding opportunities, resources at your disposal, incorporating animal ambassadors, how to measure your success, and so much more. This apprenticeship is taught by the humane education team at Charleston Animal Society: De Daltorio, Chief Education Officer, Heather Grogan, Director of Humane Education, and Kylie Wiest, Humane Education Manager. THIS APPRENTICESHIP REQUIRES A TIME COMMITMENT OF 12 HOURS FOR HOMEWORK AND MEETINGS.

When is this apprenticeship?

Required Zoom meetings held Thursdays, February 17 - March 10, 2022, 1 pm PT/4 pm ET. 

Who should apply? 

This apprenticeship is for shelter/rescue organizations with humane educators/outreach specialists looking to grow their youth programming.  Special attention will be paid to the development of new programming, engaging your community, and securing funding. We also encourage shelter directors/managers seeking to launch education initiatives to apply for this dynamic opportunity.  

Application

Humane Education Apprenticeship Application NOTE: You must first enroll in the application on Maddie's University, then complete the application and submit it.


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. You’ll also learn about creating and growing foster programs for adult dogs. This apprenticeship is taught by Kelly Duer, Foster Care Specialist at Maddie’s Fund. Priority will be given to shelter/rescue organization teams of two or more. THIS APPRENTICESHIP REQUIRES A TIME COMMITMENT OF 16 HOURS FOR HOMEWORK AND MEETINGS.

When is this apprenticeship?

Required Zoom meetings held Thursdays, February 17 - March 10, 2022, 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

A New Model for Shelter Care: Replacing Kennels with Foster Homes Apprenticeship Application NOTE: You must first enroll in the application on Maddie's University, then complete the application and submit it.


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, Director of Advancement, Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA. THIS APPRENTICESHIP REQUIRES A TIME COMMITMENT OF 15 HOURS FOR HOMEWORK AND MEETINGS.

When is this apprenticeship?

Required Zoom meetings held Wednesdays, February 16 - March 9, 2022, 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

Short-term Foster and Field Trips Apprenticeship Application NOTE: You must first enroll in the application on Maddie's University, then complete the application and submit it.


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, Donya Satriale and Ms. Pearl Sutton. THIS APPRENTICESHIP REQUIRES A TIME COMMITMENT OF 20 HOURS FOR HOMEWORK AND MEETINGS.

When is this apprenticeship?

Required Zoom meetings held Wednesdays, February 16 - March 9, 2022, 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 

Managing Shelter Health Apprenticeship Application NOTE: You must first enroll in the application on Maddie's University, then complete the application and submit it.