Animal Life

Ever wonder who to call if you see an alligator in your yard? Or how to get your cat to stop scratching the sofa? Animal Life with Ana Zorrilla is here to help! A collaboration between WWNO and the Louisiana SPCA, Animal Life aims to inform everyone in the community about animal welfare issues in southeast Louisiana.

Join us Fridays at 10:38 a.m. and Saturday afternoons, during On The Media, as we explore everything from wild animal encounters to helpful tips for pet owners. Warning: program may contain cute content.

Interested in animal welfare or pet adoption in your community? Click here for a directory of animal welfare organizations across southeast Louisiana. For more information about pet adoption, spay/neuter, and other animal topics (especially in Orleans Parish) visit the Louisiana SPCA website.

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Animal Life
9:13 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Animal Life: Raising Awareness Of Endangered Species

Newly-hatched Loggerhead Sea Turtles making their way to the ocean.
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Did you know that Louisiana is home to a variety of rare animals? There are about 1,300 endangered species in the United States. More than 30 of them are native to Louisiana. Animals such as the Red Wolf and the Loggerhead Sea Turtle thrive in Louisiana’s subtropical climate.

Unfortunately, some of these species are almost extinct. The Louisiana Black Bear and the Gulf Sturgeon, for example, are now struggling to survive because humans have disrupted their habitats.

Raising awareness about native endangered species is the first step to ensuring their survival.

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Animal Life
8:47 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Animal Life: Putting A Stop To Animal Abuse

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Animal cruelty is tragic, and often goes unreported.

Recently, a LA/SPCA Humane Officer rescued a 10-month-old puppy named Wes, who was abandoned on the interstate. She was huddled against a guardrail on I-10 during rush hour traffic. Wes had a fractured pelvis; she needed at least eight weeks of rest and pain medicine while she healed.

Two months after being rescued, Wes is doing much better, and is available for adoption.

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Animal Life
3:07 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Animal Life: Protecting Your Pet From Rabies

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Rabies is a viral disease often transmitted through an animal bite. Most reported rabies cases occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks and foxes. 

The good news is that rabies is preventable by getting your pet vaccinated. In 2013, over 36,000 pets were vaccinated for the rabies virus in Orleans Parish alone. 

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Animal Life
9:00 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Cat Trap Fever: LA/SPCA Program Seeks To Reduce Feral Cat Population

Heather Rigney from the Louisiana SPCA sets a feral cat trap in a back yard.
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With its warm climate and raised houses, New Orleans is the perfect environment for feral cats. Europeans brought the first domestic cats to North America several centuries ago, and they've been an invasive species ever since.

In order to control the population, the Louisiana SPCA offers a low cost service to trap, neuter and return feral cats to their neighborhoods.

Helen Southard keeps feral cats.

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Animal Life: Finding Purebred Pets In Shelters

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Most people assume that shelter animals are all mixed breeds — also known as mutts. But the fact is, purebred pets are actually pretty common in shelters.  

The other day, I walked through our adoption room at the LA/SPCA. I counted two Dobermans, four Chihuahuas, one Cocker Spaniel, one Yorkie, one Siamese cat and one ragdoll kitty.

Most shelters post pictures of adoptables on their websites. Some will even alert you if you are looking for a pet of a specific breed, size or age.  

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Animal Life: Dog Safety Tips

Whether you’re an animal person or not, it’s important to know basic safety tips for interacting with dogs.
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Summertime is here and that means that more people are out and about in public places like parks. Whether you’re an animal person or not, it’s important to know basic safety tips for interacting with dogs.

Teach children to keep a safe distance from unfamiliar dogs. Never leave a child alone with a dog and be sure to keep an eye on children playing outside in the neighborhood.

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Animal Life: Keeping Neighborhood Cats Out Of Your Garden

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Love them or hate them, outdoor neighborhood cats are a simple fact of life in our region.

If you’d rather not see them prancing through your flower beds, there are a few simple and humane things you can do to keep them out of your yard.  

Start with basic things like covering your garbage can and cleaning up scraps from barbecues. Spray regularly for pests that may be a food source for cats.

You can also try scattering coffee grounds or citrus fruit peels in your garden; cats hate the smell!

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Animal Life: Preparing Your Pet For Hurricane Season

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Hurricane season is upon us. Does your evacuation plan include your pet?

Under no circumstances should you ever leave your pet behind. Pets are members of the family and should always be included in disaster preparations.

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Animal Life: Kitten Season Is In Full Swing

Late spring is kitten season, which sounds adorable but can be truly problematic.
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Warm spring weather brings good things, like flowers; bad things, like termites; and cute things... like kittens!

Late spring is kitten season, which sounds adorable but can be truly problematic. Newborn kittens flood local shelters, which often lack the resources to care for them all. 

Here's what you can do to help:

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Animal Life: What To Do If You Lose Your Pet

Putting up flyers is one of several things you can do if your pet goes missing.
Kate Richardson

Losing a pet is scary. Do you know what to do if this happens?

As soon as you notice that your pet is missing, go to your local animal shelter in person to file a report. Be sure to bring a photo ID and a recent picture of your pet. After you do that, make flyers and post them around your neighborhood. 

If someone brings a lost pet to the local animal shelter, they're only legally required to hold it for a few days. So it's crucial to be proactive in your search.

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