Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Sin City hosts a convention of kindness

About 1,500 of the nation's most passionate and dedicated animal rescuers flocked to Las Vegas this week to network and share knowledge at the world's largest conference of its kind.

Shelter workers, veterinarians, rescue groups and independents met at Bally's hotel for the four-day event hosted by the Humane Society of United States, which offered eight certification courses and 48 workshops. Topics covered were varied, and the continent's best experts were there to teach them.

Participants learned crime scene investigation techniques while documenting animal cruelty and neglect. Tips for gathering evidence on dog fighting rings were presented. The horrors of puppy mills were exposed. Rescuers were schooled in how to stay safe while rescuing animals from methamphetamine labs. Disaster rescue, the ins and outs of running a shelter, wildlife rescue, and the tragedy of elephants in entertainment were just some of the workshops offered.

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