Welcome to the Maddie's® Million Pet Challenge Learniverse, where goals meet action

Loaded with the industry’s best resources, tools, and learning modules designed to level up your skillset and hosted by coaches specializing in a wide range of topics, the Maddie’s® Million Pet Challenge Learniverse offers the growth and development experience that you want when you want it. From our most comprehensive, cohort-style learning adventures, Bootcamps, to our shorter, self-paced “SPOT” modules focused on a single topic, we’ll meet you exactly where you ask us to. Don’t know where to start? Don’t worry! We can help with that, too.


Looking for time-limited, cohort-based courses starting soon? Learn more about Four Rights Bootcamp and Behavior, Training, and Enrichment (BTE) Bootcamp.

No matter where you’re at today, this Bootcamp will get you to efficient and effective daily population management rounds in just six weeks! The impact on your team and your work will be big: You’ll improve animal health and welfare, increase the number of animals and people you can help, and decrease staff workload and burnout, length of stay, and the number of animals waiting in your shelter. NEXT SESSION STARTS 9/6/22 – Application Deadline is 8/8/22.  Learn more and apply here.

The Four Rights Bootcamp offers proven techniques to help you ensure that each animal in your community gets the Right Care at the Right Time in the Right Place to the Right Outcome. Learn more here.

An immersive, coach-guided course to help you make sure your shelter is implementing and improving behavior, training and enrichment programs and practices to maximize animal welfare.  Learn more here.

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Need a more flexible, tightly-focused course that fits your schedule? Check out one of the Self-Paced Online Training modules (SPOT mods) below. And be sure to log in to the Learniverse regularly as we will be adding new courses throughout 2022 and beyond.

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The Right Time on MMPC Learniverse – The 4 Rights – Part 2 – (self-paced, on-demand on Maddie’s University)

The “Right Time” is the time that best allows services to be provided in alignment with animal and human need and shelter capacity.

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Finder Foster on MMPC Learniverse – Foster Legal Considerations with Shelter PALS (self-paced, on-demand on Maddie’s University)

What is a "Finder Foster" program - how does it work, how long do finders need to hold an animal and what are other important legal aspects of these programs?

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The Right Place on MMPC Learniverse – The 4 Rights – Part 1 – (self-paced, on-demand on Maddie’s University)

How do you determine the "Right Place" for an animal at risk of entering the shelter? In this course, you will learn the framework that allows you to remove decision fatigue and get animals where they need to be—or help them right where they are.

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Portal Install: Step-By-Step to Better Housing!

Learn all about installing portals into cages to improve your housing. Tons of bonus material on why portalized cages improve welfare, cage cleaning tips and much more!

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Intake Management for Shelters During COVID-19

Intake Management for animal shelters dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Maddie’s® Million Pet Challenge is dedicated to helping communities build programs to keep families and their pets together, improve outcomes for all shelter pets, and assure that pets who already have families will receive the care they need. With the support of Maddie’s® Fund, UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program, the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at UF, Open Door Veterinary Collective, and Team Shelter USA will mentor shelters and veterinary practices to deliver access to care through humane, community-centric programming both inside and outside of the shelter, and to achieve the right outcome for every pet.