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April 29, 2010

Inner City Outreach

The HSUS fights chaining, dogfighting, and pet overpopulation block by block

The Humane Society of the United States

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    This cuddlesome pup named Prevention attended in her official capacity as spokesdog for the Atlanta Harm Reduction Center. Lori and Robert Hensley

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    Big Boy took time out from his Pit Bull Training Team lesson to enjoy a treat and a toy. Lori and Robert Hensley

  • In the English Avenue neighborhood, volunteers (here, Casey Arrington and Tio Hardiman) built fences for previously chained dogs. Lori and Robert Hensley

  • Oreo, a student with Atlanta's Pit Bull Training Team, is next in line for a spay operation and a fence. Lori and Robert Hensley

  • Pastor James Scott and Pastor Odessa Scott, here with The HSUS' Amanda Arrington and Ralph Hawthorne, spoke at Shabach Church about the moral obligation to treat animals with compassion. Lori and Robert Hensley

  • Izzy got neutered and received a brand-new fence as well. Lori and Robert Hensley

  • Max had plenty to say about his new fence, in spite of his recent operation. His owner Rashinda Holland thanked volunteers Casey and Amanda Arrington and Lori Hensley. Robert Hensley

  • At a Pit Bull Training Team class, Seria Shropshire and Oreo prepared for their Canine Good Citizen test. Lori and Robert Hensley

  • Marche and son Amari Reid joined the Pit Bull Training Team with Chico. Staffers Amber Burckhalter and Tio Hardiman provided suggestions and encouragement. Lori and Robert Hensley

The HSUS now reaches out to pet owners in urban areas. This initiative kicked off in Atlanta this weekend with three days of events to acquaint residents with the services available: no-charge spay/neuter, the fabulous and free Pit Bull Training Team, and more.

See photos at left of some of the canine and human participants.

Community outreach focused on issues common to underserved neighborhoods: dogfighting, chained dogs, and pet overpopulation. Some lucky dogs got a spay or neuter operation, or new fences that freed them from the boredom of being tied up.

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