Maddie’s® Neonatal Kitten Foster Apprenticeship

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Kitten season is over, but it will come again. Rather than wait, come join us to analyze your data from last year and prepare in advance to increase lifesaving for neonatal kittens in your organization. Dig in to what worked and what went wrong, while you have the time to plan. Learn the unique, practical, and effective medical protocols that APA! uses taught by Cassandra Mensing, who created the program that has saved more than 7,000 kittens at Austin Pets Alive!’s Neonatal Kitten Nursery since 2011. After 2 years of teaching the Neonatal Apprenticeship Attendees learn the specifics of how to treat the special needs population that is neonatal kittens and will take home all the skills and information to implement these protocols in your own community. Don’t wait until next year, get ahead of the season and start preparing to save these little kittens, now.

Who Should Apply?

This apprenticeship opportunity is for shelter/rescue organization directors, staff and volunteers who are interested in learning how to start or grow a neonatal kitten foster program. Shelter or private practice veterinarians, foster coordinators and managers or senior administrators are encouraged to apply.

How Does it Work?

This apprenticeship is 2 days, plus travel. Students will spend 2 exhilarating days at Austin Pets Alive! to dig into last year’s data and learn everything you need to increase your lifesaving next season, from treating neonatal kittens, feeding, medical and shelter protocols, and disease prevention and management.


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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.”

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"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."

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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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