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U.S. Humane Society visits Lawrenceville

Staff Photo: John Bohn Sarah Matisak, Shelter Services Coordinator with the Humane Society of the United States, hosts a pair of workshops at the Gwinnett Animal Shelter to educate shelter staff, animal control officers and others, studying a variety of areas including animal enrichment, disease recognition and animal handling skills. The workshops took place in Lawrenceville on Thursday.

Staff Photo: John Bohn Sarah Matisak, Shelter Services Coordinator with the Humane Society of the United States, hosts a pair of workshops at the Gwinnett Animal Shelter to educate shelter staff, animal control officers and others, studying a variety of areas including animal enrichment, disease recognition and animal handling skills. The workshops took place in Lawrenceville on Thursday.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn Sarah Matisak, Shelter Services Coordinator with the Humane Society of the United states hosts a pair of workshops at the Gwinnett Animal Shelter to educate shelter staff, animal control officers and others, studying a variety of areas including animal enrichment, disease recognition and animal handling skills. The workshops took place in Lawrenceville on Thursday.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn Gwinnett animal control officer Joey Brooks interacts with a maltese dog at the Gwinnett animal shelter in Lawrenceville Thursday.Officer Brooks attended workshops put on by the Humane Society of the United States at the Gwinnett Animal Shelter to educate shelter staff, animal control officers and others, in a variety of areas including animal enrichment, disease recognition and animal handling skills. The workshops took place in Lawrenceville on Thursday.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Animal lovers, animal control officers and Humane Society staff showed up Thursday to attend several free workshops during the Georgia Animal Shelter Tour, hosted by the Humane Society of the United States.

Shelter services experts from the organization stopped at the Gwinnett Animal Shelter to offer courses in animal handling skills and shelter disinfection and sanitation.

Officer Joey Brooks with Gwinnett County Animal Control said some of the key points hit on during the courses included "animal handling and sanitation, proper care ... what we're looking for when stray animals come into the shelter ... disease-wise."

The tour aimed to educate shelter staff in a variety of areas.

Brooks said he and fellow attendees also discussed the warm weather approaching this weekend.

"It's worse this year," Brooks said. "The biggest thing right now is, as hot as it is right now, animals should not be left inside of vehicles. They can get dehydrated in a matter of minutes with this kind of heat. ... Even if you leave your window down, an animal can die."

Sarah Matisak, shelter services coordinator with the Humane Society of the United States, said the courses on Thursday were made up mostly of animal control officers from Gwinnett and DeKalb counties.

She said it's the first time the group has visited the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.

Jessica DuBois, senior state director with the Humane Society of the United States, said Thursday's event was "about education and information."

The HSUS has organized tours across the country to provide resources and services to shelters in areas where they are often hard to come by, a news release stated.

The goal of the tours is to increase adoptions and positive outcomes for healthy and treatable animals in communities and advance the field of animal sheltering. The HSUS has organized similar tours in Oregon, South Dakota and Idaho in 2012.

For more information, visit www.humanesociety.org.