Events

Webinars

ALL 2022
Big Dog Master Class
On demand | Virtual Conference

Times are tough for shelter dogs. We can help. Maddie’s® Million Pet Challenge and Human Animal Support Services have teamed up to bring you a completely FREE, two-day virtual conference to tackle your biggest challenges surrounding big dogs. The sessions are available on-demand 24/7 so you can attend when it’s right for you, no matter what your time zone is. We’ve got proven solutions and data-driven protocols delivered to you in straightforward, streamlined modules for all levels of animal shelter professionals. We want your organizations to be supported as you learn better dog management, getting more live outcomes, shortening lengths of stay, and creating safer shelters. This conference has been pre-approved for 8 hours of Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit by The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement and National Animal Care & Control Association. Each hour-long block in this conference has been approved for 1 hour of continuing education credit until February 14, 2024 in jurisdictions that recognize RACE approval.
ALL 2022
March Fourward: The Future Is Four
On demand recording
Dr. Kate Hurley
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 cat lives saved by over 1500 Challenger Shelters. Now, #ThanksToMaddie, we’re thinking bigger. The Five Key Initiatives have expanded to include other species at risk in shelters and evolved into the Four Rights, with community safety net services, humane care within the shelter, and appropriate outcomes for the animals that do come in all working in concert to support one another. Join the co-founder of the Million Cat Challenge and one of the inspirations behind the Maddie’s Million Pet Challenge in imagining and creating a world in which every single shelter is able to provide every animal at risk with the Right Care in the Right Place at the Right Time to the Right Outcome. May the fours be with you.
ALL 2022
Right Place
On demand recording
Dr. Cindy Karsten and Dr. Chumkee Aziz
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 the Right Place depends on the needs of the animal, the capacity of the shelter, and also the capacity and willingness of the community member who brings the animal to our attention. In this webinar, Drs. Cindy Karsten and Chumkee Aziz will guide you through the framework that allows you to remove decision fatigue and get animals where they need to be—or help them right where they are. The four “Right” webinars were presented as a series, “The Future Is Four: The Right Care in the Right Place at the Right Time to the Right Outcome.”
ALL 2022
Right Time
On demand recording
Dr. Cindi Delany and Dr. Kate Hurley
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 resource, and our most interconnected. Whether we’re talking about the hours our shelter is open or the demands on our staff time, the system we build directly impacts the time an animal spends in our shelter. In this webinar, Drs. Cindi Delany and Kate Hurley will outline strategies for streamlining tasks, reducing length of stay, capturing lost resources, and making the most of the resources you have. The four “Right” webinars will be presented as a series, “The Future Is Four: The Right Care in the Right Place at the Right Time to the Right Outcome.”
ALL 2022
Right Care
On demand recording
Dr. Chumkee Aziz and Dr. Denae Wagner
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 shelter and in the community, but in order to provide the best care, you have to know—and make sure you’re operating within—your capacity for care. Within the shelter’s walls, the Right Care encompasses staffing, housing and programs to meet each animal’s basic needs. In this webinar, you’ll learn how to provide humane housing and match community need to community capacity and shelter services to ensure all animals receive the care that is right for them. The four “Right” webinars were presented as a series, “The Future Is Four: The Right Care in the Right Place at the Right Time to the Right Outcome.”
ALL 2022
Right Outcome
3:00 to 4:00 PM ET
Dr. Cindy Karsten and Dr. Kate Hurley
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 maintains public health and safety. When we serve animals in the right place, at the right time, and provide the right care while working within our capacity, we make it possible to achieve the right outcome for each individual animal. In this webinar, we’ll discuss how we can ensure the right outcome for pets and people facing challenges big and small. The four “Right” webinars were presented as a series, “The Future Is Four: The Right Care in the Right Place at the Right Time to the Right Outcome.” 
ALL 2022
Teaming Up for Pets and People
On demand recording
Dr. Sara Pizano, Dr. Cindi Delany, Aimee St. Arnaud and Cameron Moore

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!

ALL 2022

Lessons from the Last Three Years of Animal Sheltering Data

On-demand recording
Steve Zeidman, Dr. Julie Levy, Brent Toellner and Kristen Hassen

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.

Application Deadlines

ALL 2022
Population Management and Daily Rounds Bootcamp

Applications are open and reviewed on a rolling basis

Get to efficient and effective daily population management rounds in just six weeks! The impact on your team and your work will be big: You’ll improve animal health and welfare, increase the number of animals and people you can help, and decrease staff workload and burnout, length of stay, and the number of animals waiting in your shelter. Click Learn More to find out more about Population Management & Daily Rounds Bootcamp and sign up for the waiting list.

 

ALL 2022
Behavior, Training, & Enrichment Bootcamp

Applications are open and reviewed on a rolling basis

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.

 

ALL 2022
Four Rights Bootcamp
Applications are open and reviewed on a rolling basis
Learning how to quit crisis mode, embrace your capacity, and create space for lasting change is the core of Four Rights Bootcamp, a transformative six-week journey charted by us, and the time for your shelter to join is now. We’ve taken the initiatives that powered over 1500 shelters to save over 3.5 million cat lives and expanded them to include all animals at risk in our communities. We believe every shelter, including yours, should be able to provide every animal with the Right Care in the Right Place, at the Right Time, and to the Right Outcome, and we’ve designed this Bootcamp to give you the tools and the support to sidestep the daily churn and make a plan for putting the most impactful initiatives into practice at your shelter. Click Learn More to find out more about Four Rights Bootcamp and sign up for the waiting list.
ALL 2022
Shelter/Clinic Community Combination Consultation

Applications are open and reviewed on a rolling basis

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!

ALL 2022
Veterinary Clinic Consultation

Applications are open and reviewed on a rolling basis

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.

ALL 2022
Comprehensive Shelter Consultation

Applications are open and reviewed on a rolling basis

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.

ALL 2022
Focused Shelter Consultation

Applications are open and reviewed on a rolling basis

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.

ALL 2022
Shelter Consultation Mentorship

Applications are open and reviewed on a rolling basis

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.

2023
Team Wellbeing Support

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! 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. Priority is given to organizations that have the desire to explore these issues at both the individual and organizational levels.

Scholarships for 2022 have been awarded, but organizations can still work with Jessica and The Compassion in Balance Program directly. Check back in 2023 for the next application dates

Courses

ALL 2022
MMPC Learniverse – The 4 Rights – The Right Place
ON DEMAND

How do you determine the “Right Place” for an animal at risk of entering the shelter? In this course, you will learn the framework that allows you to remove decision fatigue and get animals where they need to be—or help them right where they are.

As part of the Maddie’s®️ Million Pet Challenge’s Learniverse program, subject matter experts from the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program will discuss guiding principles that animal welfare professionals can use to make decisions, train their staff and engage the public.

You’ll also learn about programs you can use at your shelter to lead animals to the right outcome while making the best possible use of your resources and reducing the burden on your staff. Finally, you’ll see how other animal shelters have successfully implemented these programs.

ALL 2022
MMPC Learniverse – The 4 Rights – The Right Care
ON DEMAND

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 admitted to a crowded shelter. In this course, we’re going to talk about matching community need to community capacity and shelter capacity and services to ensure that all animals receive the care that is right for them while prioritizing Right Care and wellness for our staff too.

In this course, you’ll learn principles of humane housing for dogs and cats as well as strategies for strengthening staff well-being and maximizing your capacity to care for animals, with the goal of ensuring animals and people at your shelter can thrive.

A collaboration of UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program, Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program at UF, Open Door Veterinary Collective, and Team Shelter USA.

Maddie’s® Million Pet Challenge is creating transformative “communities of practice” that deliver access to care through humane, community-centric programming—inside and outside of the shelter—to achieve the right outcome for every pet. Our consultative mentoring services are holistic, deep and practical, and delivered by the proven team who brought you the Million Cat Challenge, in expanded partnership with Open Door Veterinary Collective. This program is made available at no cost to participants, #ThanksToMaddie