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Dr. Jennifer Conrad, founder of The Paw Project

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Dr. Jennifer Conrad—the veterinarian and founder of The Paw Project, which has long educated the public about the painful and crippling effects of feline declawing, and who, as of this interview, has made more appearances on “Talking Animals” than any other guest–reviews what exactly the feline declaw procedure involves. Read more…

Callers As Guests

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About once a year, I jettison the chief component of the “Talking Animals” format—a long form interview with a single guest—to offer a debate or some other multi-guest panel discussion. As part of that periodic Read more…

Luan Dean, Director of Mission Advancement at SPCA Tampa Bay

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Luan Dean—the Director of Mission Advancement at SPCA Tampa Bay—explains the scope of her duties at the organization, which began in 1940, while describing the work undertaken there in the earliest days, some 70 years ago. Read more…

Discussion of Inmate Labor Program at Pasco County Animal Shelter

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This represents a highly unusual edition of “Talking Animals,” chiefly, because it features far more guests at one time—eight—than any other show in our 13-plus year history. The overall topic was Pasco County’s Inmate Labor Program, which allows inmates to “work” at the Pasco County Animal Shelter. Read more…

Dr. Laurie Marker, founder of Cheetah Conservation Fund

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Dr. Laurie Marker—the founder and executive director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), speaking by phone from the CCF base in Namibia—recounts her childhood, growing up near Los Angeles, and how animals were central to her life even then, though it was mainly horses, noting she started riding as a young kid and still tries to ride daily now. Read more…