Train like their lives depend on it.
Because they do.

Maddie’s ® Lifesaving Academy

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Maddie's® Lifesaving Academy Apprenticeships

Because of COVID-19 and travel restrictions, Maddie's® Lifesaving Academy Apprenticeships have been temporarily suspended. Online classes are now available on the Maddie's® University website.

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Building a Working Cat Program

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Open Cat Adoptions: Keep Them Moving, Get Them Home

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Feline Lifesaving: Feline Leukemia (FeLV)

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Feline Lifesaving: Ringworm

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Feline Lifesaving: Matchmaking

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Feline Lifesaving: Marketing

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Feline Lifesaving: Behavior

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Feline Lifesaving: Adoption

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Building Foster Programs for Cats and Kittens

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Open Dog Adoptions: Eliminating Roadblocks to Positive Outcomes

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Shelter Clinic Management

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Maddie’s® Lifesaving Academy is the most effective No Kill training you can get. Experience immersive, hands-on training at Austin Pets Alive! and Austin Animal Center using the proven Austin No Kill Model, which has saved more than 60,000 animals since 2008.

Austin Pets Alive! is dedicated to maintaining comprehensive, innovative programs designed to save the animals most at risk for euthanasia.

Maddie’s® Lifesaving Academy is made possible by Maddie’s Fund®, a national foundation established to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals.

Austin Animal Center is a municipal open-intake facility where lost and surrendered animals in need of shelter are accepted regardless of age, health, species or breed.

Our Instructors

Our instructors are national No Kill leaders and programmatic experts. They developed or improved the proven solutions Austin Pets Alive! and Austin Animal Center use to create the safest city for pets in the nation.

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Ellen Jefferson, DVM

President and CEO
Clare Callison

Clare Callison

Maddie's Canine Lifesaving Advisor
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Faith Wright

Shelter Management Advisor
Monica Frenden

Monica Frenden

Maddie's Director of Feline Lifesaving
Jordana Moerbe

Jordana Moerbe

Maddie's Medical Program Director
Casandra Mensing

Casandra Mensing

Maddie's Neonatal Program Director
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Dr. Nipuni Ratnayaka

Maddie's Lifesaving Academy Veterinarian
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Carrie DeFeo

Dog Behavior Co-Manager
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Regan Goins

Dog Foster Co-Manager
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Mark Sloat

Program Manager
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Lara Cirkovic

Matchmaker Program Manager
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Hana Garner

CGC/TOP Dog Trainer