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San Francisco
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San Francisco, CA
United States of America

Anyone who has ever loved a dog knows how life enhancing their presence can be – especially during hard times. But did you know some dogs could actually be life saving? New York Times bestselling author Maria Goodavage will take us on a globetrotting journey to discover the fascinating new world of “doctor dogs.” 

Maria will discuss the cutting-edge science behind how dogs are able to detect disease and help people who suffer from a wide range of physical and mental conditions such as cancer, Parkinson’s, diabetes, seizure disorders, autism, and schizophrenia. She will share some heartwarming photos and videos of these devoted dogs in action as she brings us into the lives of people whose well-being depends on them. She will also provide an update on the latest news about research into whether dogs can detect COVID-19, and how they may one day be able to provide an additional level of screening in public venues. 

The former USA Today journalist is considered one of the foremost author experts on working dogs. Maria’s latest book, Doctor Dogs: How Our Best Friends are Becoming Our Best Medicine, follows her books Soldier Dogs, Top Dog, and Secret Service Dogs. She has appeared on numerous national TV shows, including The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Today and has given talks about working dogs at the New York Stock Exchange, National Museum of the United States Air Force, and other notable venues. Maria lives in San Francisco with her yellow Lab, Gus, among other people. 

This is a regular membership meeting of The Rotary Club of San Francisco, open to all Rotarians, visiting Rotarians, prospective members, and guests. The meeting is free, but you must register by 11 AM on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. Connection information will be provided only to those who register by the above deadline. For technical support, please contact Secretary Dora Dye before 10:30 AM on August 4, 2020.

Meeting Schedule:

12:00 Noon: Log in or dial in

12:15 PM: Meeting begins

1:30 PM: Meeting adjourns