Local shelters get free rescue animal training

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- In an effort to raise the standard of care for animals in the state, the Humane Society of the United States kicked off a free training tour Thursday for people that work at rescue shelters.

Rescue shelters and farms like this one from across central Kentucky came together in Lexington for a day long conference to discuss better ways to serve and protect rescue animals across the commonwealth.

Staff at McConathy Rescue Farm in Lexington say helping horses is their passion.

“And that comes in the form of training, comes in the form of maybe you know just sitting there and talking to them, getting them used to humans again,” said Maddi Hartung of McConathy Rescue Farm.

But sometimes it can be hard to give the horses all they need.

“A lot of it is cost and everything. Especially for us with horses,” said Hartung.

That’s why Hartung along with others from the farm decided to attend this training, hosted by the Humane Society of the U.S.

“We are providing free shelter and rescue training for different organizations to provide better practices and actually some new practices regarding for animals throughout the state of Kentucky,” said Kathryn Callahan with the Humane Society of the U.S.

Some of those practices include teaching people how to work with local government and how to apply for grant money, something Hartung says she’s excited to have the opportunity to learn more about.

“You know a lot of us have a lot of passion but not a lot of experience in that area so conferences like this take this passion and kind of channel it properly so we can learn you know how to write a really effective grant or how when we are creating a contract what to put in that contract for an adoption. So stuff like that is what we are really looking for,” said Hartung.


The Humane Society will now head down to Somerset to offer the same conference on Friday.

Then wrap it up on Saturday in Alvaton.

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