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Bridging the Bond

The Cultural Construction Of The Shelter Pet

Tami L. Harbolt

166 pages
Purdue University Press
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 of 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.
Author Bio
Tami L. Harbolt earned a master's degree in folk lore from Western Kentucky University and completed her graduate work at the University of New Mexico in American studies.