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Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program

Saving lives through science, leadership, and service.

For Shelters


Onsite: Our team offers full or targeted on-site shelter consultations.  To request an in-shelter consultation, please go to our website and fill out our “Request for Consultation Services” form. 
Remote: Need help with a particular issue quickly? We also offer support for specific shelter-related questions via email or phone.  
Consultation hotline: 1-607-882-0179 

Outbreak Response Assistance

Outbreaks require fast expert response and diagnostic support. We offer both through our Consultation hotline and our Maddie’s® Shelter Lab services. If you are experiencing what seems to be a disease outbreak in your shelter, please first email us at  In addition, you may also call our Consultation hotline at 1-607-882-0179 and speak to our veterinary staff for assistance. Our regular Consultation hotline hours are 9am-5pm Monday through Friday.  We do have staff on-call outside of those hours who will get back to you as soon as possible.
Consultation hotline: 1-607-882-0179

Maddie’s® Shelter Lab

With the generous support of Maddie’s® Fund, we provide registered 501(c)3 organizations with subsidized diagnostic testing for shelter and rescue animals in certain states. This program provides a 50% discount on testing fees and supplies, as well as free shipping labels via USPS ground.  

ASPCA Cornell Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Conference

This annual weekend conference provides highly relevant information to support shelter professionals in their life-saving work and foster collaboration within the field.  Presentations by nationally recognized experts provide shelter-related continuing education for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, management, and shelter staff and volunteers. 

Lectures & Continuing Education

Our team offers educational lectures and training to staff and volunteers who work for animal shelters. 

Central NY Shelter Forum

Our monthly CNY shelter forum on the Cornell University campus provides presentations and discussion of a variety of topics in the field of shelter medicine to local shelter staff, volunteers, and veterinarians. To join the listserv and receive mailings regarding upcoming events, please email Vicki Weber at .

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