Maddie's® Matchmaker Apprenticeship

Are you passionate about reducing length of stay, increasing adoptions, and engaging adopters for dogs in your care?


Lara C

Lara Cirkovic

Matchmaker Program Manager
Clare Callison

Clare Callison

Maddie's Canine Lifesaving Advisor

What Will Students Learn?

  • How to implement a proactive and conversation based adoption process at home
  • Implementing strategies that target the harder to place pets in your care, getting them adopted faster
  • Developing systems to turn your adoption team into effective matchmakers
  • Utilize playgroup and ongoing assessments to get a better understanding of your dogs and improve adoption matches
  • Reduce overall length of stay by identifying and tackling any obstacles to adoption
  • Ensuring a safe and productive introduction between shelter pets and members of the public
  • How to handle challenging scenarios that come up daily in our adoption departments
  • Providing exceptional customer service to improve the adoption experience at your organization

Who Should Attend?

These apprenticeship opportunities are for shelters/rescue organization directors, staff, and volunteers who are interested in learning how to be most effective at implementing this type of program in their organization.

How Long Is The Class?

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

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


January 15 - 17

February 12 - 14

April 1 - 3

May 27 - 29

June 3 - 5

July 15 - 17

August 19 - 21

September 2 - 4

October 21 - 23

November 4 - 6

December 2 - 4

Open Enrollment


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Maddie's® Lifesaving Leadership Master Class 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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