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2024 Open Arms Challenge Save the Date

The 2024 Open Arms Challenge: Registration Opens February 26

01 Feb - 06 Mar

Save the Date!

Mark your calendars for the all-inclusive 2024 Open Arms Challenge! This grant Challenge is like no other. For the entire month of April 2024, animal shelters, foster-based organizations and public charities are encouraged to create a new program or expand an existing one focused on keeping pets and people together.

The Open Arms Challenge is an opportunity for organizations to pilot a new practice or expand upon a current program that has already been started.

When and how do we register?

The registration link will be live on Michelson Found Animals during the application window which will open February 26 – March 6, 2024.

Important Dates:
  • Prep Period: February and March 2024 –
    • Join the Weekly Community Conversations in February to learn more about open and welcoming practices and start your prep work of training staff, updating or creating materials during this time.
  • Registration Period: February 26 – March 6, 2024 (Apply through the Maddie’s Fund grants portal until 5pm PT on March 6, 2024.)
  • Challenge Period: April 1, 2024 – April 30, 2024. During this time, you will pilot your new practices.
  • Participation Reports Due: May 2024 (see a sample of that report)
  • Final Report (via Zoom Huddle) for Award Winners: September 2024

Learn more about the Challenge at foundanimals.org.

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