Ana Zorrilla

Host of Animal Life

As a compassionate animal lover, Ana Zorrilla was drawn to the Louisiana SPCA for the opportunity to make an impact in the animal and human community of New Orleans. She joined the team in February 2006, and was selected by the Board of Directors to lead the organization as Chief Executive Officer in November 2007.

Through her tenure as CEO, Ana has led the organization through Hurricane Gustav and the first evacuation of companion animals from an American city. In 2012, Ana became the first person in Louisiana (and one of less than 100 professionals in the country) to successfully complete the Certification of Animal Welfare Administrators (CAWA). 

Ana has also received accolades within her community as a recipient of New Orleans Magazine’s People to Watch, Person of Fashion, and as one of 50 honorees for New Orleans’ City Business’ Women of the Year. She has served on the Board of the Directors of New Orleans Outreach, The Hispanic Heritage Foundation, the Greater New Orleans Camp Fire USA and Summerbridge/Breakthrough National Program.

Ana graduated from Loyola University with an undergraduate degree in English Literature and Secondary Education and went on to receive her Masters in Educational Administration from the University of New Orleans. A New Orleans native, Ana’s family includes three Jack Russell Terriers — Mila, Pepper and Sparky — and several box turtles.

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Animal Life: The Perils Of Pet Obesity

Obesity can cause serious health problems for pets.
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Lately, people have noticed that my dog Sparky seems to have gained some weight. Luckily, he’s not sensitive to the comments, but it has made me wonder if I need to add a few more minutes to our daily walk, or put less kibble in his bowl. 

According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, about 53 percent of dogs and 58 percent of cats in the United States are overweight or obese. 

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Animal Life: Animal Laws

Animal laws are different in every parish.
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Did you know that every parish has different animal laws? Are you familiar with the animal laws in your parish?

For example: in Orleans Parish it’s against the law to have an intact pet — a pet that has not been spayed or neutered. If you decided not to spay or neuter your pet, you must obtain an intact permit. But this law does not apply to other parishes like Jefferson or Plaquemines.

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Animal Life: How To Join The Kitten Krewe

Many animal shelters have kitten foster programs.

Looking for a krewe that’s active year round, service-oriented, and extremely cute? Consider joining the kitten krewe by becoming a kitten foster parent!

Kittens must be at least 2 pounds before they can be spayed or neutered and become available for adoption. Foster volunteers take the kittens home and care for them until they meet the weight requirement for surgery; usually 8 to 10 weeks. 

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Animal Life: Solving The Mutt Mystery

Testing your dog's DNA can give you useful information about his behaviors.
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Over 25 million people own mixed-breed dogs. Trying to determine the exact type of dog just from a glance can be challenging. But now there’s a way to tell for sure.  

Pet DNA testing is a great way to find out exactly what breeds make up your beloved pet. It’s a simple as a quick cheek swab. In fact, you might be shocked to find out your pet is something completely different than what you initially thought. 

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Animal Life: Resisting Impulse Pet Adoptions

Sometimes it's tempting to adopt animals like Darsha the mini horse, but make sure you think before you act!
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Sometimes you see a picture on social media of a dog you just have to adopt. Or you come across an adoption event at the mall and fall instantly in love with a kitten.

Recently we had a mini-horse named Darsha available for adoption at the Louisiana SPCA and I found myself wanting to adopt her. After a quick reality check I realized that it wasn't going to be a good fit. 

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Animal Life: New Orleans Shelter Animals Travel For Adoption

The LA/SPCA's transport truck moves animals from overburdened shelters in southeast Louisiana to empty shelters up north.
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Did you know that New Orleans has an animal overpopulation problem? While shelters in our region are overflowing with homeless animals, some shelters further north are practically empty. 

Overpopulation itself is not easy to fix, but one part of the puzzle is simple: move the animals from here to there. 

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Animal Life: New Orleans Is Man's Best Friend's Best Friend

Faye the Dog, enjoying a roast beef puppy snoball in celebration of her second birthday.
Credit Sarah Baird

A recent study ranked Louisiana as the #5 best state for dog owners. So what is it that makes our state a perfect place for man's best friend? 

For starters, southeast Louisiana has more festivals in one month than most places have in a year. And a lot of them are dog friendly.

And when was the last time you went to a coffee shop or bar and didn't see a dog? Pet friendly businesses are everywhere. Not to mention the numerous dog parks and mild winters that allow us to enjoy them year-round. 

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Animal Life Adoption Story: Mariana And Crispin

Mariana Coudrain with her new kitten, Crispin, at the Louisiana SPCA.
Kate Richardson

On this week's Animal Life we listen in as local cat lover Mariana Coudrain adopts a kitten at the Louisiana SPCA.

Click here for a list of shelters and rescue groups in Southeast Louisiana where you can adopt your next pet.

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Animal Life: How Often Should Your Pet Go To The Veterinarian?

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What’s on your yearly checklist? The dentist? Taxes? What about taking your pet to the veterinarian?

That’s right: your pets need a medical check up every year.

An annual visit to the vet is the best way to ensure that your pet has a long, healthy life. Regular check ups also keep your pet up-to-date on important vaccinations like rabies and kennel cough.

Diseases that affect animals can be airborne or spread through contact with a parasite or virus that’s brought inside on your shoes. So the yearly checkup is important for both outdoor and indoor pets.

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Animal Life: Microchipping Your Pet

A cat being implanted with a microchip.
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Here's a question we get all the time at the shelter: "If I microchip my pet, does that mean I can track him using GPS if he gets lost?"

That would be pretty handy, but unfortunately the answer is no. A microchip is not a form of GPS or tracking. It's more like an electronic ID tag. A microchip can range in cost from about $30-$100. It contains a series of numbers linked to the pet owner's contact information. It's the size of a grain of rice and only takes seconds to insert.

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