Professor of Sociology-University of Colorado-Boulder
Dr. Leslie Irvine is professor of sociology at the University of Colorado at Boulder and director of CU’s Animals and Society Certificate Program. Her research focuses on the roles of animals in society. In addition to her research on homeless people’s relationships with their companion animals, Irvine has studied animal welfare in disasters, animal sheltering, animal abuse, animals in popular culture, and the feminization of veterinary medicine.
Life on the street poses unique challenges for pet owners. Drawing on research conducted among homeless pet owners in five U.S. cities, this talk discusses three lessons learned about the depth and complexity of the commitment homeless people make to their animals.