Change doesn't have to be hard.

Bootcamp for Shelters

The Million Cat Challenge and the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program team of experts bring you a brand new Bootcamp with updated shelter strategies for our post-Covid world.  This immersive course is designed to level up your organization in less than 2 months. 

The time is now. Like, right now. Our evidence-based recommendations come paired with the resources you need to take immediate, actionable steps. Our team of industry experts guides you through the change-making process with the support of your peers every step of the way. We’re doing it live, we’re doing it together, and we’re doing it now. 

Seats are limited. Bootcamp is offered four times a year. 


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Exploration, definition, and implementation: A shelter transformation journey in six action-packed weeks.

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Week 1

Define your purpose.

Why shelter? What role does your shelter play in your community? Aligning your intentions with your actions.

Deep work: Is your organizational culture primed for change?

Week 2

Lead the change.

Theory of change. Map your destination, engage your stakeholders and lead the transformation.

Deep work: Create your communication plan and align your team early.

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Week 3

Right Place

Crystalize your intake philosophy. Where will this animal receive the best care right now? Where does this animal belong ultimately? Expand your community’s capacity through foster care and return to home initiatives.

Week 4

Right Time

Intake with intention. We can provide care to every animal that needs it, but we can’t provide it all at once. Balance intake with your ability to provide positive outcomes and outstanding customer service.

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Week 5

Right Care

Animals deserve a care plan that meets their needs and supports their wellbeing. Care within the shelter can maintain the Five Freedoms of animal welfare/Fear Free sheltering, while community members can be empowered and supported to ensure the same level of care for animals at risk in the community.

Week 6

Right Outcome

Outcomes are not one-size-fits-all! Every animal deserves the outcome that’s right for them and every shelter deserves to have the right tools for the job.

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The current Bootcamp for Shelter Leaders is full. Please join the waiting list by filling out this form so you can be among the first to know when registration opens for the next bootcamp.

Then take a look at some of our self-paced courses here in the ShelterMedPortal.