TRENTON, N.J.—The Humane Society of the United States is launching a three-year training initiative in New Jersey. Targeted trainings are available at no cost to the state’s many animal sheltering, law enforcement and rescue professionals.

The first training in August will focus on organizational tools and strategies for incorporating a strong work-life balance culture and building an emotionally resilient organization. Later in the month, the second training topic will cover the best ways to manage any crisis. These trainings will help sheltering and rescue organizations navigate the current unprecedented times.

The Humane Society of the United States develops collaborative environments, promotes humane care for animals, and supports the people on the frontlines of animal welfare. Trainings are focused on progressive animal care, access to information and services, as well as community-oriented education all to increase animal welfare standards. In states that have successfully completed the Humane State program, including Kansas and Oklahoma, animal shelters have implemented safety net programs to keep pets with their guardians, and developed relationships in underserved communities by offering free services to remove economic and geographic barriers.

“At the core of the Banfield Foundation is ensuring every pet has access to veterinary care—care provided by a passionate community of people who do all they can to protect and serve pets. The foundation is honored to provide a grant to HSUS for the expansion of the Humane State program into New Jersey,” said Kim Van Syoc, executive director of the Banfield Foundation. “Our hope is that this program will further equip New Jersey animal shelters, the rescue community and law enforcement with the resources and training needed to improve and elevate animal welfare. Together, we are all working towards a better world for pets in the state and beyond.”

Since the HSUS launched the Humane State program in 2015, more than 11,000 professionals in five states have been trained on animal protection and animal welfare issues. Over the next three years, this program plans to train thousands of animal welfare professions on building humane communities, working with law enforcement, animal behavior for shelter dogs, community cat programs, creating safety nets and addressing challenges of pets in rental housing.

“We appreciate the partnership and support of these training efforts by the Banfield Foundation and a number of New Jersey animal shelters, including SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals, St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, and Homeward Bound Shelter and Pet Adoption Center, who are co-hosting our virtual trainings this week,” said Brian R. Hackett, New Jersey state director for the Humane Society of the United States. “Every day, animal protection and advocacy organizations are working together, advancing stronger policies and progressive practices to help all animals across our state.”

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