Canisius ISHAR

Institute for the Study of Human-Animal Relations


“How wonderful it is that no one need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
Anne Frank

Humanity’s attitudes towards animals and their treatment have evolved significantly over the past two decades. In almost every sphere of our culture, people are re-examining their relationships with nature and animals. In turn, this development has stimulated growing scholarly interest in this topic.

The Canisius College Institute for the Study of Human-Animal Relations (ISHAR) is dedicated to advancing humankind’s perspectives on non-human animals. It encourages dialog on the pressing issues in Anthrozoology among our students and among members of the broader community. It is at the forefront in examining issues like responsible pet ownership/companion animal stewardship, zoo industry reform, animal use as food, animal-assisted interventions, animal use in science, and the use of science in advocating wildlife conservation.

Speaker Series

The Future of Zoos

Cats In Context