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April 23, 2012

HSUS Shelter Experts to Tour South Dakota Animal Shelters

Shelter services experts from The Humane Society of the United States will be in South Dakota to visit animal shelters and animal rescue groups this week. The tour will include meetings with shelter representatives, a survey of shelter facilities and trainings for shelter staff.

‘The Humane Society of the United States is proud to work with local shelters and to assist them with many of the struggles they face on a daily basis,” said HSUS South Dakota state director Darci Adams. “By working together we can advance the field of animal sheltering and reduce euthanasia of healthy and treatable dogs and cats in our communities.”

The tour will include a visit to the Battle Mountain Humane Society in Hot Springs, S.D., which suffered a devastating fire on April 4. The HSUS provided a $2,000 grant to assist the shelter in dealing with the emergency.

HSUS sheltering experts will also give a day-long training for staff and volunteers at the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation’s temporary animal shelter near Eagle Butte, S.D. on Wednesday, April 25. The tribal government recently enacted a new animal ordinance to make community members responsible for their pets and protect the public. The tribal government is also seeking support from the public to build a permanent animal shelter.

The tour will take place from April 23 to April 28 and include stops in Hot Springs, Rapid City, Eagle Butte, Brookings, Aberdeen, Mitchell and Sioux Falls.

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Media Contact: Raúl Arce-Contreras: 301-721-6440, rcontreras@humanesociety.org      

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