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Monica Frenden

Maddie's Director of Feline Lifesaving, American Pets Alive!

Monica Frenden is the Director of Feline Lifesaving at American Pets Alive! and is an instructor for the American Pets Alive!'s Maddie’s® Lifesaving Academy. Before teaching the Austin No Kill Model to students, she founded a trap-neuter-return organization in rural Illinois in 2008 and pioneered one of the nation's first, and largest, barn cat programs. In 2012, she joined Austin Pets Alive! where she served as the Cat Program Manager, led her team to an 88 percent growth in cat adoptions and helped Austin achieve a citywide 98 percent live release rate for cats. Monica is a frequent speaker and advisor on innovative ways to save every cat, including cats with feline leukemia, community cats, and shelter cats in need of medical care.

My Sessions

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Sat. February 2nd

4:45 pm - 5:45 pm Map Icon Salon 3

Cat Medical Care on a Shoestring Budget

Austin Pets Alive! Medical Clinic treats thousands of these cats a year on a shoestring budget. In this session, you will have the chance to learn how to save these cats on a tight budget from national experts.

12:05 pm - 1:35 pm Map Icon Room 301

FeLV Lunch and Learn

Bring your tough questions about the pros and cons of testing shelter cats for FeLV, making sense of test results, and developing life-saving programs for the felvies.

1:35 pm - 2:50 pm Map Icon Salon 1-2

Every Life Matters: Using Past Data to Plan Better Outcomes

Data is a key piece of the lifesaving puzzle, but how do we use it to save the lives of the animals in our care? This session will teach you how to look at your data, animal by animal of those that didn’t make it out alive , and how to use this information to increase live outcomes in the future.

Monica Frenden

10:50 am - 12:00 pm Map Icon Salon 3

FeLV: What You Need to Know For Shelter Decision Making

Learn from shelter medicine expert, Dr. Levy, and leading cat advocates Monica Frenden and Natascha Hamman about the most current research and best practices for rehoming this vulnerable cat population.

Sun. February 3rd

10:45 pm - 12:00 pm Map Icon Salon 3

Saving All the Community Cats: Live Outcome Options for All Healthy, Outdoor Cats

Often considered unadoptable and overlooked for rescue, feral and fractious cats can be saved through a Shelter-Neuter-Return program as well as a progressive Barn Placement Program.

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm Map Icon Amphitheater M2 204

Proactive Adoptions: Moving Pets on a Large Scale

If you save them, they have all got to go to homes. Come learn how to move pets on a large scale, apply best practices, and save a ton of lives.

4:15 am - 5:15 pm Map Icon Salon 4

High Volume Foster Programs for Cats and Dogs

Join us and learn how to rethink foster in terms of capacity, expand the concept of what animals should be considered for foster, and how to increase lifesaving when you offer at-risk pets for foster who are not transferred in yet.

Mon. February 4th

9:50 am - 11:20 am Map Icon Salon 4

Nuts and Bolts of Large Scale Cat and Dog Foster Programs

Dive down into the nuts and bolts of how to set up and implement a large scale foster program.

2:20 pm - 4:20 pm Map Icon Salon 3

Cat Lifesaving Masterclass

Got this far and still have specific questions you want to ask the No Kill cat experts? In this two hour session, you will be given an opportunity to lead the conversation and ask questions.

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