A Conversation with Katja M. Guenther, author of The Lives and Deaths of Shelter Animals

December 3, 2020

Watch this in-depth interview with Katja M. Guenther, PhD., professor at University of Riverside. This extended interview, featuring our own Kristen Hassen, will unpack the challenging and eye-opening themes in Guenther’s latest work, “The Lives and Deaths of Shelter Animals.” An essential book for anyone working in animal shelters and Human Animal Support Services, Guenther writes about her vision for the “Humane Communities Revolution.” Linking animal sheltering to human ideas about race, class, gender, ability, and species, Guenther explores internal hierarchies, breed discrimination, resistance, and agency.

As HASS moves our effort toward community involvement, what can social justice and racial justice movements teach us to help people and animals together? How can we ground ourselves in a future of animal sheltering that believes “the project for justice for animals requires justice for people and vice versa?” Kristen and Katja will unpack this incredible book, and together, we can act to move this critical and timely work forward.

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