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
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 24, 2014

Animal Life: Dog Ghosts And Kitten Witches

Animal Halloween costumes can be fun, but make sure your pet is comfortable and safe.

Halloween is here! Some people spend weeks preparing their costume. Others spend weeks preparing their pet's costume. Dressing up your pet for Halloween is fun, but there a few important things to keep in mind.

First and foremost, wearing a costume should be something your pet enjoys. If it’s clear that your pet is uncomfortable or frightened while wearing his costume, take it off immediately. 

If your pet does enjoy wearing a costume, here are a few tips:

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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!
LASPCA

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.
Credit LA/SPCA

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 12, 2014

Animal Life: Why Are There So Many Stray Animals In Louisiana?

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When was the last time you saw a stray animal? Odds are it was within the last few days.

Southeast Louisiana is the perfect habitat for stray animals due to a combination of factors. Long summers make for long breeding seasons. Abandoned and raised houses make for great shelter. And the Mississippi River and Port of New Orleans make for a continuous food source.

So what can we do to reduce the number of stray animals in our region?

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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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