Jack Talman, founder of Fostering Is Cool

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Jack Talman–founder of Fostering Is Cool, a Tampa organization that promotes the fostering of cats and dogs, with an emphasis on on the animals saved from a grim fate by rescue groups–discusses his background as a lifelong animal lover, and how after retiring (he owned a transportation company), he had the time and inclination to work directly on behalf of animal welfare. JackTalmanHe recalls how this included helping start the Animal Coalition of Tampa, and how he launched Fostering Is Cool after recognizing the need for a sort of matchmaking service between Hillsborough County Animal Services (where puppies and kittens have to reach a certain age before they can be spayed/neutered–and, therefore, eligible for adoption–and failing to do so all but ensures a grim fate), people willing to foster animals, and rescue groups who would be in a position to pluck such an animal from HCAS and hand off to the new foster parent Talman had pair them with. He notes that in the four years since he began the organization, Fostering Is Cool  has been responsible for placing some 500 cats and dogs in temporary home while awaiting permanent ones–and that while the focus is Hillsborough County, anyone interested in fostering who applies to the program through the website will be connected with rescues and shelters anywhere in Florida.
 

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Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

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