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Cummings Support Center

The University Chaplaincy offers several resources at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts’ campus in Grafton. The Humanist in Residence holds office hours by appointment, and on the second Tuesday of each month from 1pm to 4pm in the Cummings Support Center. Additionally, the University Chaplaincy is present at Pet Loss Hotline debriefings, supports student groups exploring ethics and spiritual life, and advises students, faculty, and staff on issues regarding spiritual and religious experience and animal care.Report (education) - Religion-and-the-Care-Treatment-and-Rights-of-Animals-page-001

To learn more about different perspectives on animal care among different religious traditions, we’ve developed and been updating a resource titled Religion and the Care, Treatment and Rights of Animals. Though created originally as one piece of veterinary students’ continued education in culture and their role as practitioners, we hope it can also offer some insight into anyone living in an increasingly religiously diverse America and looking to better understand their neighbors’ religious legacies as they pertain to human-animal interaction. You can find the most recent version of the resource hosted here on the Tufts Humanist Chaplaincy website–just click the image the right to open it in your browser!

To make an appointment with the Humanist in Residence, e-mail walker.bristol@tufts.edu.

If you have experienced the death of a pet and would like a caring listening presence, feel free to call the Pet Loss Hotline betwen 6pm and 9pm on weekdays or leave a message 24 hours a day. The number is 508 839 7966. For more information, visit the Pet Loss Hotline website.