More than 350 people involved in rescue have attended an 8 hour workshop, sponsored by HSUS (Humane Society of the United States).

HSUS designed comprehensive, workable, programs for law enforcement, wild life rescue and all of us who rescue dogs and cats.

The program was first implemented in Puerto Rico with stunning results. That success led them to expand to the 48 states.

The subjects covered were what we needed to hear, learn, implement. And, the presenters were engaging, funny (including fast-talking east coast accents).

However, when it came time to hand out information – the pronunciation of Oklahoma towns gave us a few chuckles.

Building Humane Communities – – – makes sense – – helps people where they live and reduces unwanted kittens/puppies. They are innovative programs that work.

What especially hit home is the high % of people who own multiple pets truly need financial assistance to spay/neuter.

However, once that help is available, they say “yes”.

The end result is a win – win for everyone and unwanted puppies/kittens is no longer an overwhelming challenge.

Disaster Preparedness – when you live in Oklahoma this is a given.

There are resources to walk you through what needs to be done, who needs to be contacted and, most importantly, how to think outside the box for solutions.

Compassion Fatigue – – it’s real and it affects all of us.

Recognizing the signs, know when to step back and take care of yourself, and ask for help. Key ingredients to alleviate fatigue.

Working together with law enforcement is vital when it comes to animal abuse.

And there is a connection between animal, elder, child and spousal abuse.

If you can stop animal abuse – the likelihood of the others occurring goes way down. It is a vicious cycle.

It takes large organizations, like HSUS, to make changes on a grand scale.

This program has proven to be a success – – we now have the tools – – – and when we work together it will happen.