Teaming Up for Pets and People

From the team that brought you the Million Cat Challenge, it’s Maddie’s® Million Pet Challenge! #ThanksToMaddie, the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program, the Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program at UF, Team Shelter USA and the Open Door Veterinary Collective are partnering to expand the Challenge to include dogs and integrating access to care. The Maddie’s®…

Right Care

Offering the Right Care means animals are not left in dangerous circumstances to cause harm, suffer, or die because the shelter can’t admit them; nor are they are admitted to a crowded shelter when there are better options within the community. You’re doing this work because you want to serve animals and people in the…

Right Time

The Right Time has two dimensions: there’s the right time for an animal to come into the shelter (could be right now, at a scheduled time in the future, or maybe never!), and then there are right times once the animal is admitted (holding periods and length of stay, for example).Time is our most valuable…

Right Place

Some animals would be best served by shelter admission, while others would be better served outside shelter walls. The Right Place is the place that provides the best possible outcome in the most humane and efficient way and may include the animal’s current home, community, foster or finder’s home, partner organizations or the shelter. Determining…

March Fourward: The Future Is Four

The foundation of the Million Cat Challenge rested on Five Key Initiatives, refined and adapted to shelters of every size and type throughout North America, which together represented a holistic approach that addressed the “before, during and after” for any cat at risk of shelter entry. These initiatives were proven by over 3.5 million more…

Right Outcome

Our goal for every animal in need is to get them as quickly as possible to the Right Outcome, whether that involves a trip to the shelter or assistance in the community. The Right Outcome is the one that best supports the well-being of animals, honors the connections between humans and pets, stabilizes systems and…