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  • Training/Event

    Humane State Ohio Shelter/Rescue Training

    The Humane Society of the United States

    Join us for a free, day-long training for animal shelters, rescue groups, humane officers and others in the animal welfare field! Topics include Adopters Welcome, Collaboration, Fundraising, TNR/Return to Field, Data and Building Humane Communities. Register now at https://www.animalsheltering.org/humane-state-ohio

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  • Store Product

    Return-to-Field Handbook

    Return to field handbook cover

    A collaboration between the Humane Society of the United States, Neighborhood Cats and Alley Cat Advocates

    This Return-to-Field Handbook was developed as a practical guide to help shelter staff develop the processes and protocols needed to provide positive outcomes for healthy stray cats. Detailed chapters cover everything from how to gather important information at intake to managing returns and everything in between. Whether you are just starting out or looking for ways to improve your existing program, this handbook is for you!

    This complete handbook is also available for free download online.

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  • Magazine Article

    Dying without a sound

    HSUS investigation reveals dead rabbits in the freezer at Petland

    A day after the HSUS released the results of its undercover investigation and two days after police searched the premises, Petland announced that it was cutting ties with the franchise store in Fairfax, Virginia, and removed its company name from the building. Acting on a tip from the HSUS, Fairfax police searched the store with a warrant on April 1 and found 31 dead rabbits and one dead dog in the freezer. They are investigating.

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