Talkin' Pets News

August 25, 2018

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Matt Nall - Superpet Tampa Florida

Producer - Daisey Charlotte

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer / Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guest - Adam Peyman - Programs and Operations Manager for the Wildlife Department Humane Society International at 510pm EST

Talkin' Pets News

May 26, 2018

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Dr. Katy Meyer - Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency Services

Producer - Daisy Charlotte

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer / Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guest - Vicki L. Thayer DVM, DABVP (feline) Winn Feline Foundation/Executive Director, will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 5/25/18 at 721pm ET to her organization and the 2018 Joint Scholarship Recipients

Talkin' Pets News

April 14, 2018

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Maria Ryan - DogGone Positive

Producer - Zach Budin

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer - Bob Page

Special Guests - Rebecca Gerber is the Senior Director at Care2 and she will join Jon Patch and Talkin' Pets 4/14/18 at 630pm EST to discuss a petition against PetSmart grooming

Prashant Khetan with BORN FREE USA will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 4/14/18 at 720pm EST to catch us up to date on the Ivory Trade Ban in the UK

WIN ! and bring home on DVD from Disney, Puppy Dog Pals, a 2 hour Disney adventure - Listen to Talkin' Pets 4/14/18 and have a chance to win this DVD for your entire family.

Talkin' Pets News

March 17, 2018

Host - Jon Patch (The birthday boy today)

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestrial Custom Dog Services

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer - Bob Page

Special Guest - Dr. Mitsie Vargas, author of Alt-Vet: The Revolutionary Pet Care and Longevity Solution by Dr. Vargas will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 03/17/18 at 5pm EST to discuss and give away her new book

Talkin' Pets News

March 3, 2018

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Dr. Anne Lampru - Animal Alternatives

Producer - Zach Budin

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer - Bob Page

 

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By ASPCA President & CEO Matt Bershadker
 

Pets aren’t appliances. They are living, breathing, loving animals who deserve as much loyalty and compassion as they give. This is why we fight so hard to stop the cruel puppy-making factories that create “inventory” for pet stores at an incredibly inhumane cost. 

While awareness of the puppy mill problem is growing, humane regulation at the state and federal level has been slower to evolve. The federal government in particular has continuously failed to protect dogs in puppy mills. But some states are taking the initiative. In California, 36 local jurisdictions are among the more than 230 cities, towns, and counties across the country which have passed ordinances to stop the sale of cruelly bred animals at pet stores in their communities. 

Now, California lawmakers have taken the next big step, passing an unprecedented piece of legislation—The Pet Rescue and Adoption Act (Assembly Bill 485)—that would make California the first state in the nation to ban the sale of commercially raised dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores across the state. The bill awaits Governor Brown’s signature, and on behalf of millions of animal advocates and at-risk animals it would affect, I urge him to sign it. 

The brutality of puppy and kitten mills and their connection to pet stores is well-documented. These animals generally live in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions—sometimes in wire-floored cages stacked in tall columns—without adequate veterinary care, food, water or socialization. Animals bred in these conditions may also suffer from severe health issues, including contagious and deadly diseases and congenital defects, as well as behavioral challenges. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is currently investigating a multistate outbreak of bacterial infections linked to puppies from retail pet stores which has sickened 39 people. 

By cutting off the puppy mill pipeline that moves cruelly bred animals from across the country into California pet stores, A.B. 485 will also help prevent California consumers from being duped into purchases that contribute to unconscionable animal “production” and suffering. 

On a larger level, this law demonstrates how legislative action on animal welfare in general can advance from the local level to the state level, furthering the hope of creating a culture that values compassion over cruelty.

You can contribute to that progress. If you live in California, let Governor Brown know how much he can help vulnerable and victimized animals with his signature. And wherever you live, consider adopting or fostering an animal in need and telling your friends and family to do the same. That will accelerate the evolution of humane standards in your community and, in the meantime, multiply the amount of love given and received in your home—something an appliance can never do. 

Talkin' Pets News

September 16, 2017

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestrial Custom Dog Services

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer - Bob Page

Special Guests - Eileen Smulson Founder & Director of Operation Blankets of Love will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 9/16/2017 at 5pm EST to discuss their efforts to help victims of Huricanes Harvey & Irma and the fires on the West Coast

The Scooter Brown Band will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 9/16/2017 at 630pm EST to discuss and give away his new CD

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Praying for Houston...

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Photo Credit: Tiele Dockens (Captioned here, Otis)

First and foremost, we want to say that we are truly saddened by the devastation taking place in Houston, and continue to pray for everyone's safety. We know many are wondering how they can help our furry loved ones, so we want to make it easy for you. Here are a list of organizations that you can reach out to for donations, or any other help needed:
Austin Pets Alive donation list https://www.austinpetsalive.org/hurricane-harvey-evacuations/
Wings of Rescue https://www.wingsofrescue.org/donate/
Best Friends Animal Society https://support.bestfriends.org/site/Donation2?df_id=1820&1820.donation=form1&mfc_pref=T&s_src=WDW08171ERGCPOPP&utm_campaign=harvey&_ga=2.202194321.1292675901.1504203905-1479836042.1504203905
Humane Society https://secure.humanesociety.org/site/Donation2?df_id=23944&23944.donation=form1&s_src=ad_gg_search_brand_hurricaneharvey_082917gclid=Cj0KCQjw557NBRC9ARIsAHJvVVPOjRIQuWXo63i7UPbITyO-UxYAHUyukyCYIhlWJu0b2HtpjcWnLngaAvFkEALw_wcB
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https://secure.aspca.org/donate/ps-201708bn1-p2?ms=MP_PMK_GooglebrandHurricaneSL-T4&initialms=MP_PMK_GooglebrandHurricaneSL-T4&pcode=WPSH8XXGOGN2PK01014&lpcode=WPSH8XXGOGN1PK01014&gclid=Cj0KCQjw557NBRC9ARIsAHJvVVO0_Xs8Io5p5JWzf03kyKtlVc5sypVGdBgEQova0-0lxM31zx15eX8aAm2oEALw_wcB
Every little bit counts, so please do what you can to help those in need. Thank you in advance.

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It's only natural to want to take your best friend with you everywhere you go, especially if your best friend stands on four legs instead of two. While bringing your pets along while you travel is fun for both you and your pet, there are a few things to consider when taking your furry friend away from the comforts of home. At the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC), we get a lot of calls concerning curious pets who have gotten into some potentially dangerous situations while out and about with their families. So to ensure that you and your pets can travel together comfortably, here are a few tips to help keep them safe, happy and healthy while you’re on the road: 

Before you leave:

  1. Be prepared. Pets who are away from home are more likely to have an accident or get into something that they shouldn't. Before you leave home, make sure you program two numbers into your phone: a local veterinary emergency hospital at your destination and the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (888-426-4435). Also, make sure to pack a proper pet first aid kit
  2. Tag your friends. Make sure your pets have proper identification visible on their collar, and consider getting them microchipped in case they get out of their collars. Pets who get loose are less likely to find their way back to an unfamiliar location, so identification is key to enabling happy reunions. 
  3. Contact your veterinarian. If your pet has a complicated or extensive medical history, you might want to take a copy of his medical records with you in the event that you have to take him to an unknown vet during your travels. Also, if you are traveling between states, you may need an interstate health certificate for your pet before hitting the road. It's never a bad idea for your pet to get a clean bill of health before a big trip as well. 
  4. Do your research. Is there anything at your destination or along your route that you should be aware of? In some areas, there may be poisonous plants or venomous animals that you will want to be careful to avoid. While you're on the road:
  5. Never leave your pet in a parked car. This goes for warm days as well as the hot ones. Even when it doesn’t seem very hot outside, the temperature in a car can quickly rise to dangerous levels and put your pet at risk of developing heat stroke or worse. 
  6. Travel safely. When you are in the car with your pets, the best way ensure that they don’t have access to anything they shouldn't (such as food and medicine) is to buckle them up. Securing pets with harness-style seatbelts (or in crates/carriers) will also help protect them in the event of an accident and keep the driver less distracted.
  7. Scout out your hotel room. Always have a quick look around before letting your pet into a hotel room. APCC receives numerous calls about pets finding a pill or two left on the floor by a previous occupant. Also, if you are traveling with a cat or kitten, ensure that there isn't any way for them to crawl up into the bathroom vanity or into the mattress. (We are speaking from experience here as well).  
  8. Pet proof your new space. Take a “pet's eye view” and look for any potential issues. Are indoor plants safely out of reach? Can your pet reach that bottle of medication? Does a child's toy on the floor look just like her dog toys at home?

Ensure that counters are cleaned off, and consider bringing a baby gate and/or a crate with you to help prevent access to any areas that you are unable to make safe for your pets.

Talkin' Pets News

July 8, 2017

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jeremy Miller - SuperPet

Producer - Zach Budin

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer - Bob Page

Special Guest - Steve Jenkins, co-author of Esther The Wonder Pig will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 7/8/17 at 5pm EST to discuss and give away their book

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