Special Presentation

“Tender Sensibilities”: A History of Animal Protection and Animal Sheltering in the United States

Thursday, Oct. 18, 1:15 - 2:45 pm

St. Hubert’s Madison Shelter Community Room- 575 Woodland Ave, Madison, NJ 07940

by Bernard Unti, Senior Policy Advisor at the Humane Society of the United States

Animal sheltering in North America is nearly 150 years old, and the kindness-to-animals ethic is even older.  How, where, and on what assumptions did modern animal care and control emerge?  How has it changed during this span of time, and how has it remained the same?  What have been its signature concerns?  What is the historical role of the animal shelter in the transmission of humane values?  Are there lessons for its future in its past?  We’ll explore these questions by examining such topics as the basic ideal of humaneness, the development of euthanasia methods, the rise of veterinary medicine, the emergence of spaying and neutering procedures, and the evolving functions of the animal shelter in American history.

attendance is free. RSVP to [email protected] to reserve your space. seating is limited.

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Bernard Unti is Senior Policy Advisor at the Humane Society of the United States, and has represented the HSUS and its affiliates in a broad range of domestic and global campaigns and initiatives. He is the author of Protecting All Animals: A Fifty-Year History of The Humane Society of the United States (2004) and other works on animal protection as an historical and contemporary concern.  Unti received a Ph.D. in U.S. History from American University.

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