Free Lecture Series on Seniors & Pets Begins August 6 (The Free Library of Philadelphia)
Scientific research shows that your beloved dog or cat can help you live a longer, healthier life. The Free Library of Philadelphia will present a free lecture series, entitled “Made for Each Other: Seniors and their Animal Companions,” in which experts on aging, pet psychology and behavior, and neglected animals discuss their findings. The series begins on Wednesday, August 6 with a talk on the mutually beneficial connections between people and domestic animals, led by Allen Glicksman, director of research & evaluation, and Christine Hoffman, research analyst, both of Philadelphia Corporation for Aging. On August 28, Associate Veterinarian Nathanel Oster of VCA Cat Hospital of Philadelphia discusses the psychology and behavior of cats. The psychology and behavior of dogs will be covered in a lecture September 8 by Carlo Siracusa, director of animal behavior service at the Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. The series concludes on September 19 with a lecture focusing on the problem of unwanted and abandoned animals in Philadelphia, and the organizations that help them, presented by Allyson Wurst, director of humane education for the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PSPCA). All lectures will be held at 11 a.m. at Central Senior Services, Parkway Central Library, Room 108, 1901 Vine St. in Philadelphia. For more information, call 215-686-5331.