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Community Awareness & Resource Education Series

LHS CARES logoLHS C.A.R.E.S. presentations address a variety of topics related to animal welfare and behavior. Seminars are free and open to the public with no registration or RSVP necessary. The program seeks to provide our community with the support and resources they need in their relationships with their companion animals, while encouraging a sense of responsibility for the welfare of all animals. All programs are held in the LHS Community Room and are for a human audience only.

For questions about LHS C.A.R.E.S. programs, please call our Humane Education Coordinator at 303-772-1232 x289 or email tegan@longmonthumane.org.

2019 LHS C.A.R.E.S. Dates & Topics

Saturday June 15, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Catify Your Home: Why Your Kitty Needs It and How to Do It
Billie Reynolds, Good Kitty Behavior Consulting and Training
Taught by IAABC certified cat behavior consultant, Billie Reynolds, this presentation covers how your cat views territory and why it is so important to them as well as how providing territory in the appropriate places can reduce stress and increase positive interactions in a multi-cat home. It provides the information and resources to assess your own home to get the most use of your perches, cat beds and scratching posts. Whether you are a first-time cat owner, had cats all your life, own a single cat or have multiple cats, there is something for everyone in this class!


Tuesday July 16, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Unleashing Your Dog
Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce, authors of Unleashing Your Dog: A Field Guide to Giving Your Canine Companion the Best Life Possible
No matter how cushy their lives, dogs live on our terms. They compromise their freedom and instinctual pleasure, as well as their innate strategies for coping with stress and anxiety, in exchange for the love, comfort, and care they get from us. But it is possible to let dogs be dogs without wreaking havoc on our lives, as biologist Marc Bekoff and bioethicist Jessica Pierce show in this fascinating book. They begin by illuminating the true nature of dogs and helping us “walk in their paws.” They reveal what smell, taste, touch, sight, and hearing mean to dogs and then guide readers through everyday ways of enhancing dogs’ freedom in safe, mutually happy ways. The rewards, they show, are great for dog and human alike.

Marc Bekoff is professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has published more than 30 books and has won many awards for his research on animal behavior in which he has studied dogs and their wild relatives for decades. Marc has also worked with Jane Goodall on a number of projects dealing with humane education as part of Dr. Goodall's global Roots & Shoots program. Tonight, he and Jessica will talk about their new book Unleashing Your Dog: A Field Guide to Giving Your Canine the Best Life Possible. Marc also writes for Psychology Today where you can find many essays on dog behavior. He was recently named to the statewide Animal Welfare Panel by Governor Jared Polis and First Gentleman Marlon Reis. His homepage is marcbekoff.com, where you can find out more information about Marc, his various research interests, and his other books. 

Jessica Pierce is a bioethicist and faculty affiliate at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. She is the author of 10 books, including The Last Walk: Reflections on Our Pets at the Ends of Their Lives, and Run, Spot, Run: The Ethics of Keeping Pets and has published essays in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Guardian. She is a regular contributor to Psychology Today. Her website is jessicapierce.net.