the Maddie’s Nationwide Fostering Study
***AT THIS TIME, WE ARE ONLY ENROLLING SHELTERS INTERESTED IN IMPLEMENTING A LONG-TERM FOSTERING PROGRAM & CURRENTLY HAVE FIELD TRIP AND SLEEPOVER PROGRAMS ALREADY IN PLACE***
Who we are: My name is Dr. Lisa Gunter, and I’m the Maddie’s Fund Research Fellow at Arizona State University. Our Co-Investigator is Dr. Erica Feuerbacher. She’s an associate professor at Virginia Tech in the Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences, and our Principal Investigator on this project is Dr. Clive Wynne, a professor of Psychology at ASU and Director of the Canine Science Collaboratory. We’re canine researchers interested in improving the lives of dogs living in animal shelters.
The overarching aim of this 100 shelter nationwide fostering study is to learn more about how fostering programs affect dogs awaiting adoption (such as their adoption success and length of stay) as well as the staff and volunteers at these shelters.
We’ll be studying the impacts of three types of fostering. 1) Field trips: a few hours out of the shelter, 2) Sleepovers: a night or two away from the shelter, and 3) Longer-term fostering: stays in a foster home of a week or longer.
We are looking for shelters to join our study!
Shelters that join our study will receive at no cost: foster program training and implementation support from Maddie’s Fund. Our research teams at ASU and VT will work together with you and your shelter staff to collect data on the foster program. To learn more about this foster study, please complete the form below and a member of our research team will be in touch with you shortly.