Host Lisa Loving interviews Dr. Sheri Speede about her new book KINDRED BEINGS: What Seventy-Three Chimpanzees Taught Me About Life, Love and Connection.
Dr. Speede has a personal connection to Portland and still maintains a home in Beaverton. Moving to the area in 1988, Dr. Speede soon became a partner in Pacific Veterinary Hospital, a successful southwest Portland practice. She served as president of the Portland Veterinary Medical Association and co-founded the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon, a non-profit organization dedicated to humanely reducing the population of feral cats through spaying and neutering. In 1995 she began her full time commitment to animal activism.
As Northwest Director of In Defense of Animals from 1995 to 1998, Dr. Speede advocated for companion animals, as well as victims of biomedical research, factory farms and circuses. In addition, she was able to provide veterinary care to animals in sanctuaries, including primates in Cameroon, Africa. Her two trips to Cameroon in 1997 would then change the course of her life.
Dr. Speede will be reading and signing books on Thursday, Sept 12th from 730-930pm at Powell’s Books.