HABRI human-animal bond lecture, feline

The Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) will be hosting its second in a planned series of virtual human-animal bond lectures on Jan. 21. The livestreamed event, sponsored by Idexx, will feature an in-depth conversation about the impact of a shelter cat fostering program on loneliness and well-being in older adults living independently alone.

The session will be led by Sherry Sanderson, DVM, Ph.D., associate professor of biosciences and diagnostic imaging with The University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She’ll discuss her ongoing study, Healthy Aging: Human Companionship Through Fostering Felines, which is assessing the impact of foster cat companionship on mental and emotional health in older adults, as well as interest in and commitment to adopting their foster cat. The study is also evaluating the feline fostering program as a sustainable partnership between the University of Georgia and community partners, according to officials.

Registration is free. Click here for more details.

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