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 February 7, 2014

Animal Life: Protecting Your Pets From Mardi Gras Noise

Carnival revelers enjoying the Thoth parade on Magazine Street. Dogs are prohibited from parade routes (except Barkus, of course).
Jason Saul WWNO

We all know what it takes to get a shoe at Muses: a good costume and lots of racket. 

Between the marching bands, crowd noise and curbside speakers blasting "The Wobble," Mardi Gras is noisy. Dogs can hear high pitched frequencies at a greater range than humans. The barrage of Mardi Gras noise can leave them overwhelmed and over stimulated.

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Animal Life
10:33 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Animal Life: Providing For Your Pet In Your Will

The state of Louisiana doesn't allow you to name your pet as the beneficiary of a trust. Instead, you can transfer ownership of your pet and create a trust to benefit its new owner.
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If you're like me, you can't imagine life without your pet. But what if you pass away before your pet does?

Many of us consider our pets members of our families, but the state of Louisiana doesn't allow you to name your pet as the beneficiary of a trust. Instead, you can transfer ownership of your pet and create a trust to benefit its new owner.

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Animal Life
10:39 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Animal Life: Sometimes Pets Need First Aid

Pets have medical emergencies too. Luckily, the Louisiana SPCA offers pet first aid/CPR classes.
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You're probably familiar with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. But have you ever heard of mouth-to-snout?

That's right, pets have medical emergencies too. Your feisty outdoor cat, for example might show up at dinnertime with a battle wound. Or you might find your dog in over his head in the bayou. 

Learning animal first aid and CPR is a good way to prepare for unexpected accidents. Pet first aid and CPR training gives you the know-how to get your animals through a medical emergency until you get them to a vet.

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Animal Life: Calming Your Dog With Classical Music

Researchers have found that different kinds of music can change your dog's mood.
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Animal professionals know that a little Bach goes a long way in easing a pet's anxiety. Studies show that music can have a calming effect on our four legged friends. 

Researchers at Queens University in Ireland found that classical music made dogs rest more and stand up less. On the opposite end of the spectrum, heavy metal caused agitation and increased barking. Pop music and talk radio had no effect at all. Maybe our pets know something we don't!

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Animal Life: When Urban Livestock Goes Feral

Feral chickens on Dumaine.
Kevin O'Mara Flickr

It's a familiar sight for most of us here in New Orleans: neighborhood streets lined with beautiful old houses, friendly porches and, that's right... chickens

Most of these feral fowl escaped from backyard coops that were destroyed during Hurricane Katrina. Urban farming has many benefits, but if you do decide to try it out, there are some important things to consider. Without proper management, backyard farm populations can quickly grow out of control and create a feral population which can negatively impact our ecosystem and community. 

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Animal Life
9:00 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Animal Life: Whom To Call

Louisiana wildlife can be scary. Make sure you know who to call!
Louisiana SPCA

A New Orleans woman is cooking dinner in her kitchen, when a raccoon enters through the doggy door. This is not the first time the raccoon has done this, and the woman has had enough. She picks up the phone to call… who? The city? The animal shelter? Pest control?

Who to call about an animal issue depends on where you live, what kind of animal it is, and whether it’s alive or deceased.

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Animal Life
9:00 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Animal Life: Spay/Neuter Your Pets

Spay/neuter is the best way to reduce the number of unwanted animals in shelters.
Louisiana SPCA

Fans of the Price is Right know two things for sure: when in doubt, bid one dollar. And always spay or neuter your pet!

Game show host Bob Barker encouraged viewers to spay or neuter their pets because spay/neuter is the best way to reduce the number of unwanted animals in shelters. 

Spaying or neutering your pet can cut down on unwelcome behaviors associated with mating, like howling, marking and certain outward displays of affection. 

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Animal Life
9:00 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Animal Life: Pet Adoption

Animal shelter pets are vaccinated, spayed, neutered, microchipped and ready to be adopted!
Louisiana SPCA

Let’s talk adoption. 17 million Americans get a new pet each year, but only 3.5 million adopt that pet from an animal shelter.

Many people don’t realize that breeders and pet stores are simply reproducing mass quantities of cats and dogs to sustain their business.

That’s where animal shelters come in! Walk into any shelter in Louisiana and you'll find pets of all shapes, sizes and personalities. They're vaccinated, spayed, neutered, microchipped and ready to be adopted!

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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.

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