Kelly Duer

Kelly Duer

Foster Care Specialist for Maddie's Fund®

As Foster Care Specialist, Kelly's focus is on helping shelters and rescue organizations increase lifesaving through the implementation of robust foster care programs. Her role includes consulting with shelters, creating and providing training for organizations and their foster coordinators, writing and assisting with research on foster care.

Kelly previously coordinated a foster program that brought orphaned children to the United States in order to find them permanent adoptive homes, worked as the Foster Expansion Coordinator for a national study of foster care, and assisted with the behavioral foster study that was conducted at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter. Her work with foster care and social media has been featured in many national publications, websites and networks, including Animal Sheltering magazine, the Huffington Post, Best Friends magazine, BarkPost,, HuffPost Live and Fox News.

Kelly lives in Fairfax, Virginia with her husband, children and pets. When she's not working, Kelly enjoys reading, traveling, gardening and providing foster care for dogs and cats.

Saturday Feb 29th, 2020

Building a Foster-Centric Organization Panel

Clock Icon1:00 pm - 1:40 pm
Map Icon Capitol A-H, Sheraton Austin at the Capitol

What does it mean to be foster centric? Learn from the people who have elevated foster care from a sidelines shelter program to a best practice.

Sunday Mar 1st, 2020

Big Dogs: Follow-Up to Help People Keep Their Pets Roundtable

Clock Icon6:15 pm - 7:15 pm
Map Icon Capitol F-H, Sheraton Austin at the Capitol

Discuss how foster and adoption follow up can keep big dogs with the people who love them and out of the shelter. Bring ideas and questions and be ready to find solutions for your toughest follow-up challenges.

Steal this! Five Free, Easy Foster Strategies to Start Now

Clock Icon4:25 pm - 5:05 pm
Map Icon Capitol D, Sheraton Austin at the Capitol

Everything you need to know to recruit more foster homes, start new programs and send more pets to foster with five strategies you can start on Monday.

Big Dog Roundtable

Clock Icon7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Map Icon Capitol A-C, Sheraton Austin at the Capitol

Get a chance to talk about your big dog challenges with experts from the field. Intended for shelter managers, behavior managers, foster innovators and ACOs.

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