Maddie’s Pet Forum

Maddie’s Pet Forum was developed to increase collaboration in the animal welfare industry and support pet caregivers all in the name of lifesaving. Shelter and rescue organi...

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Maddie's Pet Forum Admin
7 hrs, 4 mins. ago

How does your shelter or rescue recruit volunteers?

What recruitment technique has had the biggest return on investment for your organization?

  • We use social media and sometimes websites like

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Volunteer/Board Member
Yesterday at 04:16 PM


Does anyone have any experience working with Petestablished from the BISSELL Pet Foundation? Thoughts on the software, the good? the bad? TIA

  • 'Fraid not.... am checking on it
Yesterday at 09:29 AM

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Director of Animal Shelter
December 03, 2019 at 02:17 PM
New activity:  December 07, 2019 at 03:10 AM

Price of adoption ?

I am curious to know what private non-profit animal shelters on here charge for adoptions? I have seen some crazy high amounts and can't figure out how they can do it. We have county shelters giving animals away or charging minimal fees and its hard to compete with that. We offer low costs for ours and lose a lot of money but its how we adopt more ...See More

  • We are a small 501c3 nonprofit no kill shelter on the Gulf Coast in Texas. We pull the majority of out animals from local municipal shelters, with few owner turn-ins. Our adoptions fees range from ...
  • On bonded adult pairs it is 2 for 1. Two kittens together is $200
  • We charge $125 for kittens (6 months and younger) $200 for puppies ( 6 months and younger) no discounts given on puppies and kittens. FIV and FeLV positive cats do not have an adoption fee. Adult dogs ...
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Maddie's Pet Forum Admin
November 12, 2019 at 10:20 AM
New activity:  December 03, 2019 at 08:47 AM

What is one thing you'd like to see or do more of at conferences and seminars?

This could be an activity (like a roundtable), a presentation topic, etc.

  • More in-depth social media & marketing. We all know how valuable social media and the internet in general is in raising funds, educating our communities, and finding adopters, volunteers, and ...
  • WHEN are we going to get with today's reality, and start using webinar coverage for those who are to busy or to poor to attend? I will never to attend because A. I am too handicapped to walk ...
  • Case studies of difficult cases. Show the steps they took, different agencies and officers have different ways of doing things. I always wonder how Officers/Investigators get permission to go into ...
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November 10, 2019 at 05:34 PM
New activity:  November 18, 2019 at 06:42 AM

FIP education & precautions

Our limited intake cat-only open cage shelter has had an uptick in FIP cases recently. Does anyone have education materials or policies for staff and volunteers to help us understand if we need to change what we are doing in any way. We don’t have our own vet but we do work with a local practitioner. I’ve asked her for guidance as...See More

  • We have also had an unusual number of cases of FIP over the last year or so. It's been so odd!! Keeping cats separate, really really cleaning litterboxes (as coronavirus can be transmitted through fecal ...
  • Hi Doobert, appreciate your input; however, the disease being discussed is FIP not FIV ...
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Graduate Student
November 24, 2019 at 10:12 AM
New activity:  9 hrs, 20 mins. ago

Student searching for municipal shelter data


I am a graduate student at the University of Georgia and am looking for collaborators who have access to municipal shelter intake/disposition data with location and basic health information. I have built a planning tool for community health program development and the data would be used to test it! I will provide the results and data...See More

  • Hi Jessie...if we can connect offline I'd love to discuss your work. I am also a doctoral student working on some related issues and would love to discuss. Let me know an email I can reach you at! ...
  • Hi Jessie, I'd love to hear more about the project and I might be able to connect you with some people that can help with data access. Email me at

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