Maddie’s Feline Lifesaving Master Class
Austin Pets Alive! Town Lake Animal Center (TLAC):
1156 W Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78703 (downtown Austin)
**Please note: This address can confuse Google Maps, if so, use “1200 Reserve Road, Austin TX 78703” for the most accurate directions.
Parking locations can be found here.
- Laptop or tablet
- Camera or phone camera
- Comfortable clothing and extra layers
- Written questions or concerns to make sure all of your questions get answered
- Existing protocols from your organization
- Any documents that would be helpful to aid in the understanding of your organization and its systems
- A great attitude!
All students should complete their pre-work through Maddie’s University prior to their apprenticeship, this is tracked for completion. Information to register for Maddie’s University and receive your pre-class information is in your class registration confirmation email sent by the Academy. Some courses have not been released and this page has been provided to assist you or provide a refresher prior to your attendance.
Please complete the following before you arrive:
- Using Data to Save Lives
- Feline Program Gap Analysis
- Identify one cat currently in the care of your organization who represents the type(s) of cats you aren’t adopting out quickly and/or that you need solutions for. Gather information such as pet bios, staff write-ups, behavior history, and anything else your organization uses to formulate the conversations you have about your dogs. Bring these documents with you to Austin.
Review the following documentation before arrival:
Cat Program Overview:
- APA! Core Values
- Cat Program Adoption Philosophy
- All Cat Programs Visual
- Cat Program Org Chart
- Cat Program Feline Flow-Chart
- Cat Volunteer Levels
- Cat Foster Program Org Chart
- Cat Fostering from Start to Finish
- Cat Foster Team Positions Descriptions
- Foster Tracking SS Example
- Cat Foster Guide to Marketing
- Neonatal Foster Guide
- Pregnant or Nursing Mom Foster Guide
- Screener Welcome Email
- Types of Cats for Foster
- Cat Behavior Team Training Manual
- Cat Behavior Team Protocols
- Action Plan for Long Stay Cattery Cats
- Socializing Cats that are Nonsocial to Humans
- Socializing Shy or Feral Cats
- Socializing Shy or Feral Kittens
- Cat Behavior Team Inquiry Tracking
Barn Cats (Community or Working Cats):
- Protocol for Determining Outdoor Release Candidates
- Barn Cat Adoption Procedures
- Feral Cat Handling Protocol
- Barn Cat Adopter Handout
- Special Barn Cat Adopters Spreadsheet – Sample
- How to Construct a Feral Enclosure – Courtesy of Bob Breeze
- APA!’s Complete Guide to Ringworm
- Ringworm Wood’s Lamp Instructions
- Ringworm Recognition and Sanitation Procedure
- Ringworm Cleaning Protocols
- Ringworm Adoption Protocols
- Ringworm Oral Medication Policies
- Ringworm Dip Instruction Protocol
- Ringworm Adopter FAQ Sheet
- Ringworm Treatment Tracker
- Ringworm Adoption Waiver
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV):
Feline Leukemia (FeLV):
Medical – Optional Reading:
- Adopting Cats with Chronic Renal Failure
- Calici Ward Treatment – Tech Self Start Guide
- Force Feeding Cats
- Feline Herpes FAQ
- Obese Cat Care Procedure
- Senior Cat Care Protocol
- Cat Weight Tracker
- Common Feline Medications
Students should plan to arrive at APA’s Main Campus (TLAC) at 10:00 AM on the first day of their apprenticeship. When you arrive, please head to Building A (Davenport) and ring the bell. Let them know you are there for the Maddie’s Feline Lifesaving Master Class to be directed to your classroom.
The daily schedule will vary, and will be communicated to students on the first day of the apprenticeship.
The apprenticeship will end by 6:00 PM on the last day of the apprenticeship.
Activities will be classroom based, in the shelter and outdoors. Students will spend time working hands-on with cats and should wear clothes that they are comfortable getting slightly dirty.
- Close-toed shoes
- Pants or Jeans
- We encourage all our students to proudly wear shirts or items from their home shelters!
Texas weather is unpredictable, so it is recommended to check the daily weather forecast prior to your visit. You can learn more about our weather here.