Maddie's® Systematic Canine Lifesaving Leadership Master Class

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Do you want to learn how to develop systems that will empower your organization to save more lives? Been wanting to implement a behavior or matchmaking program to target dogs most in need? Want to address Length of Stay with a proven program and boost adoptions? This apprenticeship will teach you the vision and guiding principles of the canine lifesaving ecosystem and how to apply it in your community.


Clare Callison

Clare Callison

Maddie's Canine Lifesaving Advisor

What Will Students Learn?

  • Managing intake and tackling euthanasia list
  • Ongoing assessments
  • Dog playgroup
  • Dog behavior program
  • Foster program
  • Dog matchmaking
  • Community outreach
  • Progressive medical programs
  • Utilizing and retaining volunteers
  • Developing a length of stay plan
  • Open adoptions
  • Adoption follow-up

Who Should Attend?

This apprenticeship opportunity is for shelter/rescue organization directors, staff, and volunteers.

How Long Is This Class?

Each apprenticeship is five days, plus travel, and hosted in Austin, Texas.

Clare Callison

Clare Callison

Maddie's Canine Lifesaving Advisor

This course is approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services.


January 24 - 27

February 3 - 7

April 6 - 10

May 18 - 22

July 6 - 10

August 3 - 7

September 14 - 18

October 12 - 16

November 9 - 13

December 7 - 11

Open Enrollment


“Being able to take home standard operating procedures from a city that focuses on maintaining No Kill is a game changer in bringing our community forward from the animal control mentality to engaging the entire community in achieving high standards of animal welfare.”

Maddie's® Lifesaving Leadership Master Class Student

“It was fantastic. I enjoyed it [the apprenticeship] so much and took away more valuable information than I ever thought possible… thank you as does all of the Eastern Madera County SPCA. You have made an imprint on my life that I will be forever grateful for.”

Maddie's® Dog Foster Program Apprenticeship Student

"While participating in an apprenticeship at APA! I learned more effective and cost-saving ways to better serve the animals in our care, while also providing established protocols and procedures to staff members. I was able to more easily and clearly create a framework for common symptoms and illness. Other takeaways from the apprenticeship would be HR development, crowdfunding, and drug and illness protocols."

Maddie's® Clinic Apprenticeship for Managers Student

"I wanted to thank you for the opportunity to attend your master class. I was shocked at the amount of information I learned from your class. Your candor and non-judgmental attitude made receiving information when I was admitting I had been wrong so much easier. Again, thank you for the opportunity, and I look forward to staying in contact with you!"

Maddie's® Feline Lifesaving Master Class Student

"Thank you for giving us the tools we need and the continued offer of support. I feel confident that between this course and the feline course I’m attending next month, our shelter is going to be able to save most of that last 10% and that is HUGE. You are amazing. Your staff is amazing. Your volunteers are phenomenal. Thank you."

Maddie's® Canine Lifesaving Leadership Master Class Student
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