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Humane State trainings

The Humane State Program (HSP) provides support to the shelter and rescue community on multiple levels. HSP provides training on disaster readiness, compassion fatigue, investigations and many other topics relevant to shelter, rescue and law enforcement professionals. We work to facilitate coalition-building across each state to identify capital and training needs, increasing collaboration that builds in-state resilience and experience.

  • From Virginia Beach to Vieques

    In an effort to assist overwhelmed animal shelters of Puerto Rico, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and Maddie’s Fund established the Sister Shelter Project, pairing Puerto Rican shelters with thriving shelters in the mainland United States. You can imagine how honored we were when the Virginia Beach SPCA (VBSPCA), a long-time HSUS Emergency Placement Partner, was selected to be part of this incredible project.

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  • ‘Sisterhood’ Redefined!

    Imagine what the world of animal sheltering must have been like in the 1970s (I know, some of you weren’t even born yet, but stay with me!). Chances are your community didn’t have a beautiful, state-of-the-art shelter that was open and inviting to the public, provided humane housing and enrichment for each of its animal residents, and was designed to maximize lifesaving in every respect.

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    Humane State Ohio

    Training for shelters, rescue groups and other animal welfare organizations

    We are excited to announce the launch of our Humane State Ohio Shelter/Rescue Trainings! Join us for one of four upcoming FREE trainings for shelter and rescue professionals and volunteers. Lunch and coffee will be provided and valuable prizes will be raffled. Earn continuing education credits (this workshop has been submitted to the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA) for Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits).

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    Humane Kansas shelter/rescue trainings

    Training for shelters, rescue groups and other animal welfare organizations

    We are excited to announce the launch of our Humane Kansas Year 2 trainings! Join us for one of four upcoming free trainings for shelter and rescue professionals and volunteers. Lunch and coffee will be provided and valuable prizes will be raffled. Earn continuing education credits (we have applied for advance approval of Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits).

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    Humane Kansas law enforcement training

    Training for law enforcement, animal control officers and humane officers

    We are excited to announce the launch of our Humane Kansas Year two trainings! Join us for one of four upcoming free trainings for law enforcement, animal control officers and humane officers. Lunch and coffee will be provided and valuable prizes will be raffled.

    This workshop has been pre-approved by the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA) for seven Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits. Ask your department head to approve for KSCPOST credit!

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    Humane State presents Rethinking the Cat

    HSP brings cat symposium to Kansas and Oklahoma

    The Humane State Program (HSP) is pleased to present Rethinking the Cat, our renowned symposium on cat policy, advocacy and care. Shelters, rescues, ACOs, Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)/cat colony caretakers and advocates will have the opportunity to learn, network and share as they join their colleagues for a day that’s all about cats! Lunch and coffee will be provided and valuable prizes will be raffled.

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    From Virginia Beach to Vieques

    The VBSPCA was partnered with Vieques Humane Society as part of the Sister Shelter Project, thanks in large part to Maddie's Fund.

    The Sister Shelter Project pairs overwhelmed Puerto Rican shelters with thriving stateside shelters for mentorship and support.

    In an effort to assist overwhelmed animal shelters of Puerto Rico, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and Maddie’s Fund established the Sister Shelter Project, pairing Puerto Rican shelters with thriving shelters in the mainland United States. You can imagine how honored we were when the Virginia Beach SPCA (VBSPCA), a long-time HSUS Emergency Placement Partner, was selected to be part of this incredible project.

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  • Magazine Article

    A delicate balance

    On an island with limited resources but deep pride in its horses, The HSUS partners with locals to forge a path forward

    A tiny island in Puerto Rico, Vieques is a study in contrasts: It's blessed with beautiful beaches but plagued by a poor economy. Horses roam free, serving as a popular tourist attraction, but also causing damage in towns and creating dangerous driving conditions; serious accidents involving vehicles and horses are common. To help provide a safer and healthier future for all the animals on Vieques, The HSUS and its global arm, Humane Society International, are working with locals on projects ranging from spay/neuter clinics for companion animals to a contraceptive program for horses.

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