July 20th, 2021. 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm EDT
This Symposium honors the life of Jamie DeRita, who passed away in June 2020.
Jamie was CAAT's event coordinator from 2012-2018, and she was known to many of our friends and colleagues for her tireless work on our many meetings, conferences and symposia over the years.
Jamie was famous throughout the Maryland shelter and animal welfare communities as someone who could not say no to helping any animal that needed a home. She was known to regularly pick up animals she saw in her daily travels and to work non-stop to find them perfect homes. Her CAAT family will honor her with a series of presentations about our deep relationship with animals and adoption of laboratory animals, with brief testimonials from family and friends interspersed throughout the event.
Speakers will include Dr. Martin Stephens (Senior Scientist, CAAT), Ellie Hansen (writer, animal advocate, and founder and CEO of Lovable Pets, Inc.) and Amy Fultz (Director of Behavior and Research, Chimp Haven, The National Chimpanzee Sanctuary).