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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.

Maddie's® Lifesaving Academy Apprenticeships

Take advantage of apprenticeship courses targeted to your community’s greatest needs— includes travel stipends for attendees.

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Canine Good Citizen-Ready Apprenticeship

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Canine Lifesaving Master Class

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Cat and Kitten Foster Apprenticeship

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Clinic Apprenticeships

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Dog Foster Program Apprenticeship

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Feline Lifesaving Master Class

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Lifesaving Leadership Master Class

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Matchmaker Apprenticeship

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Neonatal Kitten Nursery Apprenticeship

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Parvo ICU Apprenticeship

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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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Dr. Ellen Jefferson

Executive Director, Maddie’s® Lifesaving Leadership Master Class

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Carrie De Feo

CGC Ready Program Coordinator, Maddie’s® Canine Good Citizen-Ready Apprenticeship

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Casandra Mensing

Neonatal Director, Maddie’s® Neonatal Kitten Nursery Apprenticeship

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Dr. Nipuni Ratnayaka

Maddie's® Veterinarian and Medical Program Advisor, Maddie’s® Clinic Apprenticeship & Maddie’s® Parvo ICU Apprenticeship

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Jordana Moerbe

Medical Program Advisor, Maddie’s® Clinic Apprenticeship & Maddie’s® Parvo ICU Apprenticeship

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Monica Frenden

Director of Feline Lifesaving, Maddie’s® Feline Lifesaving Master Class

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Lee Ann Shenefiel

Interim Chief Animal Services Officer at Austin Animal Center, Maddie’s® Lifesaving Leadership Master Class

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Lorian Epstein

Group Volunteer Coordinator at Austin Animal Center, Maddie’s® Dog Foster Program Apprenticeship

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Clare Callison

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Regan Goins

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April Moore

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Mark Sloat

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