Maddie's® Dog Foster Program Apprenticeship

Want to create a foster program designed to save more lives? Then the Maddie's® Dog Foster Program Apprenticeship is for you! Learn how to develop, implement and manage a robust foster program to increase lifesaving efforts in your community. This apprenticeship will teach you how to start a foster program or increase the capacity of an existing program through effective assessment and implementation of various practices and policies. Attendees to this apprenticeship will learn how to set up and run a comprehensive foster program.



Lorian Epstein

Maddie's Dog Foster Program Advisor
Goins 190328 222719

Regan Goins

Dog Foster Assistant Manager

What Will Students Learn?

  • How to determine your target foster population
  • Setting goals and timelines based on objective data
  • Managing your data via a web-based or other foster tracking system
  • How to develop processes, policies and procedures
  • How to create a foster application contract, manual, and other training materials
  • Recruiting, training and retaining foster families and a volunteer team to support them
  • Maximizing placement of large adult dogs in foster and adoptive homes

Who Should Attend?

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

How Long Is The Class?

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


April 29 - May 3

May 20 - 24

June 24 - 28

Open Enrollment


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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

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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."

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