May 2024 Maddie's Monthly Foster Connection: AWLA's Kitten College

When:  May 2, 2024 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (PT)

Session Topic: Animal Welfare League of Arlington's Kitten College

AWLA’s Kitten College went from saving just 92 kittens a year with 28 foster families to saving more than 1,500 kittens a year with almost 300 foster families. Come to this session to learn how they do it!

Guest Speaker: Marnie Russ, National Kitten College Program Administrator, Animal Welfare League of Arlington

Marnie developed the Kitten College at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington in Arlington, VA. The first kitten nursery of its kind, Arlington went from saving 92 kittens a year in 2016 to 1547 kittens in 2022 all while maintaining a no kill live release rate. 

Marnie has been fostering neonatal kittens for over two decades, specializing in critical-care neonates and high-risk nursing/expectant queens. Marnie is a recognized expert on caring for at-risk kittens. She is co-founder of the National Kitten Coalition and speaks nationally on the subject of at risk neo natal kittens. Her advice and expertise is sought from shelters and rescues across the country.

In 2023, Marnie assisted UC Davis and the University of Wisconsin to update their neonatal kitten guidelines for mass distribution.

Marnie is a seasoned animal advocate who has previously worked for the ASPCA traveling across the country working with shelters as well as state and local governments to advance animal-welfare policy.

Marnie sits on multiple Boards for spay/neuter organizations throughout the county including Fox Hollow Animal Project in Montana and Caring Hands Animal Support and Education – International Advocacy. She annually travels to third world countries assisting in international spay/neuter projects to help impact the lives of street animals in underserved areas.

About Maddie's Monthly Foster Connection:
Join us on the first Thursday of every month to discuss successful foster innovations and programs, collaborate with others in the field, answer questions and talk through complex foster-related issues.

Who should join: Foster managers, coordinators, volunteers and any staff who are interested in learning about what’s working in foster programs.

You only need to register once for all meetings:

Can't attend live?  Register anyway and you will get a link to the recording within a day or two after each meeting.

All recordings and resources shared during the webcast will also be available in the Maddie's Monthly Foster Connection group on Maddie's Pet Forum

Maddie's Fund does not share registration information. 

The opinions expressed by webinar presenters are their own and do not necessarily represent those of Maddie’s Fund.


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When:  May 2, 2024 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (PT)


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