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Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Sat, 2014-04-19 17:28

Preparing for a New Arrival: A Washington, DC couple expecting their first baby wants to be sure the family cat isn’t going to be a problem. Rivi Mayer, founder of The Cat Welfare Society of Israel and co-author of the book Pregnancies, Babies and Cats -The Practical Guides for Cat Lovers joins us from Tel-Aviv, Israel with expert advice. Panicky Eater: A family in Charlottesville, VA wants a solution for their cat’s poor behavior at feeding time. Music: “Purus River” by Uakti; “Run Like an Antelope” by Phish

Flight of the ZomBees

Sat, 2014-04-19 17:12

There is an interspecies, stealth war taking place in the insect world, in which a certain type of fly is turning honey bees into ZomBees. The San Francisco State University professor who discovered this unusual occurrence, John Hafernick, talks about the implications. Respite for Africa’s Elephants: There are hundreds of species of endangered mammals on the African continent, which could make it difficult to focus on the plight of a single group. Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the United States says protecting African elephants should be a top priority. Music: “The Turning Point” by Uakti

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Sat, 2014-04-19 17:02

Finding the Right Companion: A Washington, DC man who is considering getting a second cat for his “very social” Siamese-Ragdoll mix, seeks advice on choosing a suitable companion – younger or older? Male or female? Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society offers advice. …And Finding a Cure for Loneliness: A Rottweiler puppy in Stafford, VA appears to be suffering from separation anxiety. Car Crazy: An adopted 5 year old Maltese in Rehoboth Beach, DE is obsessed with passing automobiles which leads to hysteria for the dog and its caretaker during walks. Is it time for a trainer? Music: “Purus River” by Uakti. Special Thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker

Congress Works to Improve Conditions In Poultry Farms

Sat, 2014-04-19 16:46

68 lawmakers are urging the Obama Administration to strengthen regulations for poultry farms, citing statistics that reveal inhumane treatment of hundreds of thousands of chickens. We learn more about the effort from Rep. Jim Moran of Virginia, who co-chairs the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus. Saving the Greater Sage Grouse: The Endangered Species Act has proven to be an effective tool for protecting many threatened animals since it was established in 1973. Right now there are nearly 1400 species on the Endangered Species List and more than 40 that are waiting to be added, including The Greater Sage Grouse. But this distinctive bird of the western U.S. could be running out time. Music: “Madeira River” & “Maculele Marimba” by Uakti

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Sat, 2014-04-12 17:28

Getting a “Jump” On a Cat’s Box Behavior: A Washington DC feline stands up while using the litter box, with messy results. Its caretaker wonders if getting a 'jump-in' litter box will solve the problem. New Rules for Relocation: In Maryland, an 11 month old Golden Retriever has difficulty adjusting to new surroundings and its caretaker seeks advice on the best way to prepare for an impending overseas move. Mark Botten, director of the pet travel agency Pet Express offers a few suggestions. Music: “Purus River” by Uakti; “Rainbow Connection” – Kermit the Frog

Japan’s Rabbit Island

Sat, 2014-04-12 17:12

There’s a tiny Japanese island with a troubling past that has undergone a remarkable transformation, thanks to a large population of rabbits. Nina Porzucki of PRI’s The World tells us more. Helping Pets by Making Humans Smarter: Your Dog’s Friend, a not-for-profit organization based in Rockville, Maryland, is dedicated to keeping dogs out of shelters by educating and supporting their humans. Producer Natalie Yuravlivker visited their free monthly adopter’s workshop to learn about the resources available to potential adopters and new pet companions.

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Sat, 2014-04-12 17:02

Which Meds Are Best For My Cat? The keeper of a San Diego, CA feline seeks advice on choosing the proper medication for a respiratory ailment. Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society has a few suggestions. Group Therapy: A 6 year old Sharpei is showing unwelcome signs of aggressive behavior at the dog park. Can she learn how to play nice with other animals? A Reversal of Feline Fortune: Two cats who have lived together amicably in Virginia for 7 years have suddenly become unfriendly toward each other and their caretaker doesn't understand why. Music: “Purus River” by Uakti. Special Thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker

Euthanasia or Contraception?

Sat, 2014-04-12 16:46

The question of euthanasia versus birth control is at the center of a serious disagreement about the welfare of various species of domestic and wild animals. Recent events involving giraffes and lions in a Danish zoo introduced another level of complexity and emotion to this ongoing debate. Laura Moss is an editor and writer for Mother Nature Network who has done a substantial amount of reporting on this issue. She joins us to offer insight. Helping Animals and People with a Gentle Touch: Since 1999 The Gentle Barn animal sanctuary has been a life-saving respite for thousands of animals and a safe haven for many At-Risk teens and special needs children. We speak with Ellie Laks, founder of the southern California non-profit, who has written a new book, My Gentle Barn, which weaves together the story of her personal journey and how the sanctuary came to be the highly regarded institution it is today. Music: “Madeira River” by Uakti