Shelter professionals learn ways to improve operations

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Humane Society of the United States and Southern Pines Animal Shelter hosted a workshop Wednesday for shelter professionals from around south Mississippi.

The workshop was designed to provide training on how to improve conditions in the shelters. Topics included shelter standards, disease control, animal cruelty, shelter cleanliness, animal enrichment, find raising, and spay/neuter options.

Representatives from the HSUS have been visiting shelters and animal rescue groups throughout south and west Mississippi since Monday surveying shelter facilities and providing training for shelter staff.

"We have been seeing a lot of people who are overwhelmed with the number of animals coming into shelter. There's a lot of discussion of how to keep the numbers manageable," said Lydia Sattler, State Director, HSUS. "We've seen some shelters that are doing great. They have the system down and are really great role models for other shelters in the state."

Southern Pines and the HSUS are holding a meeting Wednesday evening that is open to the public. It will focus on the strengthening of the state's animal cruelty laws. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. and is at the Neal House on Hardy Street in Hattiesburg.

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