Are you looking to build a robust dog volunteer program to assist staff in daily dog care? Are you struggling with volunteer retention in your current dog volunteer programs? Volunteer help is essential in reaching a goal of every dog out of their kennel every day. This apprenticeship is developed to guide you through designing and developing a dog volunteer training program to empower volunteers to be more involved in the daily care and enrichment for dogs in the shelter.
This apprenticeship opportunity is for shelter/rescue organization directors, staff, and volunteers.
Each apprenticeship is five days, plus travel, and hosted in Austin, Texas. For all classes in 2020, each apprenticeship is four days, plus travel time.
Maddie's® Volunteer Dog Handling Program Apprenticeship is approved for thirty six (36) IAABC Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
This course is approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
“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.”
“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.”
"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."
"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!"
"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."