WWF: Change the way you think about your laptop

Do you know what goes into making your laptop? Raw materials for electronic goods are mined from tropical rainforests, but as resources dry up, recycling aluminum is key. If a laptop manufacturer only used recycled aluminum, it would take 90% less energy to make the same machine. Imagine what our world would like if more products recycled or reused existing materials.

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The Humane Society of the United States

Increasing professionalism and strengthening best practices for rescue groups and shelters

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Shelter Training Topics

Training sessions on the following topics are offered for shelters and rescue groups are shaped based on surveys/community feedback/overal challenges faced by the animal welfare community::

  • Adoptions
  • Animal Handling
  • Behavior & Enrichment
  • Bonding & Forfeiture
  • Breed Specific Legislation (BSL)
  • Cats in shelters – housing, handling
  • Collaboration/Networking
  • Community Cats/Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)
  • Community Preparedness
  • Compassion Fatigue
  • Customer Service
  • Disaster Planning
  • Event planning (adoption events, fundraisers, community outreach, etc.)
  • Facility Preparedness
  • Five Freedoms
  • Fundraising
  • Grant Writing
  • Incident Command Structure (ICS)
  • Legislation/Lobbying
  • Pet Retention Programs
  • Pets & Rental Housing
  • Pets For Life
  • Puppy Mills, Pet Stores & Shelters
  • Sanitation
  • Shelter Animals Count
  • Social Media
  • Veterinary topics (intake exams, vaccines, daily rounds, etc.)
  • Virtual Consultant/ASV Guidelines
  • Volunteer programs
  • Working with Law Enforcement

Example Shelter and Rescue Training Agenda

Year One

  • Compassion Fatigue Training: Understanding Compassion Fatigue and the ability to positively influence your own experience no matter what the context
  • Working with Law Enforcement: Developing relationships with law enforcement to achieve success for all parties involved
  • Building Humane Communities: A holistic approach to provide support & resources to pet lovers from all communities

Year Two

Five Freedoms
Customer Service
Bonding & Forfeiture

  • What are they and how do they impact your animal work?
  • Understanding the process
  • Relationship with law enforcemen
  • Warrants

Grant writing – and getting!

  • Finding grants
  • Navigating the application process
  • Creating proposals that wow funders

New National Initiatives – programs to help YOU save more lives!

  • Million Cat Challenge
  • Shelter Animals Count
  • The latest on best practices

If you are interested in a training for your shelter, contact us.

The Humane Society of the United States

Animals Rescued From House of Horrors

Approximately 60 dogs and other animals were rescued from atrocious conditions in Sequatchie County, Tennessee. The animals, many in need of urgent veterinary care, were living in absolute filth.

Upon arriving at the property, the Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Department served a warrant and found a variety of medium and large mix-breed dogs living in cages throughout the house and outside, all covered in feces and trash. Initial veterinary findings include urine scalding, emaciation, dehydration, anemia, and feces crusted feet and coats. Rescuers found multiple deceased dogs in a freezer on the property.

The Humane Society of the United States worked alongside local authorities and partners to remove all of the animals from the property. All of the animals are being safely transported to HSUS Emergency Placement Partners where they will be thoroughly examined by teams of veterinarians and receive any necessary medical treatment.

The Humane Society of the United States

Rare Black Jaguar Sighting as Big Cat Takes Cross-River Swim

Jaguars are strong swimmers and climbers and require large areas of tropical rain forest and stretches of riverbank to survive. A model for conservation, the Amazon Region Protected Areas ensures 150 million acres—three times the size of all US parks combined—of the Amazon are protected in perpetuity.

Learn more about WWF’s work to protect the Amazon:

Video – Bret Whitney
Photo – © David Lawson / WWF-UK
Music – “Solitary-“Lacy & Gledden/AudioNetwork

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