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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® Million Pet Challenge team is offering a variety of pro bono learning opportunities that include shelter consultations, online bootcamp training, sustainable access to veterinary care mentorships, and programs for veterinarians and students. Join Dr. Sara Pizano, animal welfare strategist and author of “The Best Practice Playbook for Animal Shelters” as she explains the details of the new program and how to apply. Dr. Pizano will be joined by Dr. Cynthia D. Delany, Director of Online Learning at UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program, who will introduce the Learniverse, an interactive, online learning community found at the intersection of Knowing and Doing. Hosted by a team of animal welfare’s leading experts, it is a space to question, test, and implement innovations in the pursuit of continuous discovery and improvement in animal sheltering.
Everyone is welcome!
Lessons from the Last Three Years of Animal Sheltering Data
Like most industries, the last three years of animal sheltering have been unprecedented. Your organization has been collecting data, but how does it compare to organizations in your community or across the country? How can we use this data to better plan for the future of animal welfare? Join us for a panel discussion on the last three years of national animal sheltering data, hosted by Petheath Inc’s Senior Vice President of Software Solutions, Steve Zeidman. He will be joined with special guests, Brent Toellner from Best Friends Animal Society, Dr. Julie Levy of the University of Florida Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program and Kristen Hassen from American Pets Alive!.
Don’t miss it: For the first time, we present data specifically on bully breed dogs.The link to the recorded webinar is found in the February 16, 2022 blog post.
UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program Director of Online Learning Cindi Delany, DVM, KPA-CPT, developed this brand new Bootcamp to help your shelter assess and consider how you can level up your Behavior, Training, and Enrichment (BTE) program. This immersive and coach-guided course will do more than help you identify new ways to improve animal wellness. It will also get you started making those improvements in less than 2 months (and, your coaches will continue to support you once Bootcamp is over). Click Learn More to find out more about BTE Bootcamp and sign up for the waiting list.
We’re excited to announce a new opportunity where we’ve expanded our team and focus to include combined shelter and community veterinary services consultations for dogs and cats. Is your community ready to implement sustainable veterinary services and increase access to care? Is your shelter ready to take your lifesaving to the next level? Thanks to the generosity of Maddie’s Fund®, the Maddie’s® Million Pet Challenge is offering this unique combination consultation completely free of charge to create sustainable animal welfare systems in communities across the US!
Are you ready to open a veterinary clinic with a focus on increasing access to care or take your existing clinic to the next level but not exactly sure where to start? You bring the desire, we’ll bring the team of experts! Thanks to the generosity of Maddie’s Fund®, the Maddie’s® Million Pet Challenge is offering organizations opening access to care veterinary clinics an array of opportunities, including a full consultation led by experts completely free of charge. Priority is being given to organizations that can also participate in the Sheltering portion of the Challenge with Team Shelter USA, although standalone consultations are also available.
Is your shelter looking to improve operations and boost lifesaving, but not sure how to get started? If you’re ready to address issues around intake policies, housing/enrichment, community cat program management, budgeting, access to spay/neuter and veterinary care, and more, then a Comprehensive Shelter Consultation is right for you! Thanks to the generosity of Maddie’s Fund®, the Maddie’s® Million Pet Challenge is offering Comprehensive Shelter Consultations, which provide expertise and make recommendations in the areas of facility design, intake policies, housing/enrichment, population management, community cat programs, public policy and enforcement programs, budgeting, management of employees and volunteers, access to focused spay/neuter and subsidized veterinary care, and physical and behavioral wellness. Comprehensive Shelter Consultations are led by experts with decades of combined experience and are completely free of charge.
Are you ready to offer your staff increased wellbeing support and build a more caring organizational culture, but you’re not sure where to start? You bring the commitment and we’ll bring the expert training! Thanks to the generosity of Maddie’s Fund®, The Maddie’s® Million Pet Challenge is offering organizations a variety of learning opportunities, including live webinars and self-paced online classes, led by an expert facilitator, completely free of charge. Priority is given to organizations that have the desire to explore these issues at both the individual and organizational levels. Although all the scholarships for 2022 have been awarded, organizations can still work with Jessica and The Compassion in Balance Program directly. Applications for scholarships will open again in the fall.
Are you ready for your organization to make changes, but you aren’t sure how to get started? Could you use an expert to help you analyze and prioritize your issues? Could you use support in implementing new approaches? Then a Focused Consultation is tailored just for you! Thanks to the generosity of Maddie’s Fund®, the Maddie’s® Million Pet Challenge is offering Focused Shelter Consultations tailored for the priorities and opportunities identified by the participating animal shelters. Focused Shelter Consultations are led by experts with decades of combined experience and are completely free of charge.
Are you ready to increase your observation skills, research capability, knowledge of shelter operations guidelines, communication skills, animal data interpretation, and analysis of shelter systems to help make shelters more efficient, safer, and better at helping animals and their people? You bring the motivation and we’ll bring an immersive training experience! Thanks to the generosity of Maddie’s Fund®, the Maddie’s® Million Pet Challenge is offering skilled animal welfare professionals the opportunity for self-study and immersive onsite experience with a consultation team, free of charge.
A collaboration of UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program, Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program at UF, Open Door Veterinary Collective, and Team Shelter USA.