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Bridging the Bond

The Cultural Construction of the Shelter Pet

Tami L. Harbolt (author)

ISBN: 9781557532602

Publication Date: Aug 2002

Format: Hardback

Also available as: Paperback  

This book is designed to introduce the reader to the work culture of animal shelter employees, volunteers, activists, educators and pets. The author describes the traditions, philosophies, history and current social dynamics of a typical social animal welfare community.
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What happens behind the doors of the animal shelter? This book will introduce the reader to the work culture of animal shelter employees, volunteers, activists, educators, and pets. By weaving together her own personal memoirs with interviews with workers, the author describes the traditions, philosophies, history, and current social dynamics of a typical animal welfare community. She examines how the daily interactions, personal philosophies, disparate methods, technology, and life experiences of the humans and pets influence the care of homeless animals, often playing an intricate role in the life or death situation each pet eventually faces. The author, over the course of five years of research, also describes how her own experience with a "rescued" dog, touching upon the issues of victimization and redemption that she finds characterize the animal welfare field. The animals in the book are presented as active participants in this daily drama, able to communicate their needs to their caretakers and form lasting impressions. Throughout the book, workers, volunteers, and activists tell their own stories-stories that embody the hopes, frustrations, successes and failures in bridging the bond between homeless pets and new families.
Illustrations Illustrations
Pages 200
Date Published 31 Aug 2002
Publisher Purdue University Press
Subject/s Social groups   Animals & society   Service industries   Animal husbandry   Veterinary medicine  
Tami L. Harbolt earned a masters degree in folk lore from Western Kentucky University, and completed her graduate work at the University of New Mexico in American studies in 2000. During that time, she worked at the Animal Humane Association of New Mexico developing youth education programs.

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