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Maddie's Insights: Emergency Fostering During the Pandemic: Takeaways for a post-pandemic world

  • 1.  Maddie's Insights: Emergency Fostering During the Pandemic: Takeaways for a post-pandemic world

    Posted 08-16-2022 10:25 AM

    Maddie's Insights are monthly webcasts with practical tips based on current research to help pets and people.

    On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization deemed the coronavirus outbreak a worldwide pandemic, and subsequently a nationwide emergency was declared in the United States. During this time, media outlets reported increased interest in foster caregiving and adoption of shelter pets. In this talk, Dr. Gunter will describe her research team's examination of canine foster caregiving at 19 US animal shelters during the first four months of the COVID-19 pandemic and what they learned about shelters' utilization of foster caregiving, the foster caregivers and their relationships to the shelter, and how monetary resources influenced foster caregiving and dog outcomes. Specifically, Dr. Gunter will discuss key takeaways for foster recruitment, trial adoption programs, caregiving practices, and behavioral support that can be utilized in our post-pandemic world.

    After watching the webcast, join us on right back here on Maddie's Pet Forum to continue the discussion, ask questions and exchange ideas.

    This webinar was recorded on Thursday, November 3, 2022 at 12n Pacific (60 minutes)


    This webinar will be recorded and has been pre-approved for 1.0 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits by The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement and by the National Animal Care & Control Association.

    Presented by Dr. Lisa Gunter, PhD, CBCC-KA, Assistant Professor, Coastal Carolina University

    Dr. Gunter laughs with her canine buddy

    @lisa gunter is an Assistant Professor at Coastal Carolina University in the Department of Psychology. Before beginning her graduate studies, she worked for nearly a decade with dogs in animal shelters and with pet dogs and their owners. The goal of Lisa's research is to better the lives of companion animals and their owners. To this aim, she has investigated the breed labeling of shelter dogs, their breed heritage, shelter housing and social interactions, temporary and long-term fostering, short-term outings, behavioral indicators of welfare, post-adoption interventions focused on owner retention - and more recently, fostering during the pandemic and safety net programs to help keep people and their pets together. Under the mentorship of Clive Wynne, Lisa earned her Master's in 2015, and her PhD in 2018 as a graduate student in the behavioral neuroscience and comparative psychology program at Arizona State University. 


    alison gibson
    Senior Media Specialist
    Maddie's Fund