Humane Society holds training to help improve the lives of shelter animals

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Humane Society of the United States visited Kentucky on Thursday to try and improve the lives of shelter animals.

More than a hundred shelter directors, volunteers, and animal control officers spent the day in Lexington learning best practice procedures from the Humane Society of the United States. The organization is bringing brand-new trends to Kentucky in hopes of helping those who run the shelters be as well trained as possible. In addition to training for care of the animals, participants also learned ways to fundraise and network to help ensure a shelter's financial success.

"This is important because right now in the state of Kentucky there's no mandatory animal control officer training, and it's left up to the individual shelters," said Kathryn Callahan.

Callahan is the Kentucky state director for the Humane Society of the United States. She says the Humane Society wants to invest in Kentucky.

"There's additional information that is not often discussed," Callahan stated. "We're gonna provide them with resources on thumb drives that they can take back to their shelters, to the rescue organizations so that they can make it very useful for the animals, the adopters, and care of those animals."

Leaders are hosting free training in Somerset on Friday and in Warren County Saturday.

The Humane Society of the United States expects more than 200 people to attend the conferences.

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