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GMHS becomes first sensory inclusive shelter in U.S.

KultureCity has partnered with the Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society to make the shelter and all the programs and events the shelter hosts onsite sensory inclusive. GMHS is the first animal shelter in the U.S. to earn this certification.

This new initiative will promote an accommodating and positive experience for all guests with a sensory issue who visit GMHS.

The certification process entailed the staff at GMHS being trained by leading medical professionals on how to recognize visitors with sensory needs and handle a sensory overload situation.

Sensory bags equipped with noise canceling headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards and weighted lap pads will be available to all guests at GMHS who may feel overwhelmed by the environment.

Sensory sensitivities or challenges with sensory regulation are often experienced by individuals with autism, dementia, PTSD, and other similar conditions, a release said. One of the major barriers for these individuals is sensitivity to ove...

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