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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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3. Enter this URL: itpc://wwno.org/podcasts/48341/rss.xml

And that’s it! New episodes download automatically.

Animal Life: Solving The Mutt Mystery

Oct 10, 2014
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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. 

Animal Life: Resisting Impulse Pet Adoptions

Oct 3, 2014
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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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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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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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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?

Animal Life Adoption Story: Mariana And Crispin

Sep 5, 2014
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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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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.

Animal Life: Microchipping Your Pet

Aug 22, 2014
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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.

Animal Life: Raising Awareness Of Endangered Species

Jul 21, 2014
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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.

Animal Life: Putting A Stop To Animal Abuse

Jul 16, 2014
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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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