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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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    ‘Sisterhood’ Redefined!

    The Sister Shelter Project's stateside partners will provide support and guidance to shelters in Puerto Rico.

    A huge ray of sunshine has fallen on Puerto Rico in the form of the HSUS Sister Shelter Project

    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 Puerto Rico

    Training for shelters, rescue groups and other animal welfare organizations

    The Humane State Program (HSP) provides support to the shelter and rescue community on multiple levels. In Puerto Rico, more than 3,000 law enforcement officials have been trained in animal cruelty investigations. Humane education curriculum has launched in every public school, reaching 400,000 students.

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    Humane Oklahoma shelter/rescue trainings

    Training for shelters, rescue groups and other animal welfare organizations

    We are excited to announce the launch of our Humane Oklahoma Year 3 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 pre-approved by the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA) for 7 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits and is CLEET recognized for 8 hours).

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  • Magazine Article

    Saving the strays of Puerto Rico

    A major initiative promises to make the island a better place for animals

    The roadside stop near Bahía de Puerca is like dozens of others in Puerto Rico—a cluster of ceiba trees, a patch of gravel leading to an exquisite stretch of blue water. And, as with those other overgrown roadside areas around the island, what initially seems to be just dirt and trash and foliage turns out to be occupied.

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