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Talkin' Pets News

January 5, 2019

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Maria Ryan - DogGone Positive - Port St. Lucie, Florida

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Social Media / Production - Bob Page

Special Guests - Jerry Grymek Doggie Concierge of Hotel Penn will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 1/5/19 at 520pm ET to discuss this years Westminster Kennel Club Show and our broadcast from Hotel Penn in NYC

Kalie Shorr will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 1/5/19 at 630pm ET to discuss and give away her new country CD


It was a historic day at the Oregon Humane Society – they reached a new record of 12,000 adoptions in a year this past Sunday.  The milestone adoption was 3-month-old border collie Caroline, who went home with her new family Sunday morning.

For the last nine years, the Oregon Humane Society has exceeded 11,000 pet adoptions annually. However, this is the first time they’ve found homes for 12,000 pets.
The Oregon Humane Society is celebrating 150 years of adoptions this year. To honor the organization, Governor Kate Brown dedicated November 17 as "Be More Humane Day."

You can find your new best friend on their website, or find out how you can donate to the non-profit or learn how to volunteer your time.

More about Caroline:

Caroline was transferred to OHS from a shelter in Klamath Falls through the Second Chance program, which also hit a new record in 2018. Through expanded partnerships with shelters and rescue groups throughout Oregon, around the region and across the country, OHS’s Second Chance program has been able to give more than 8,100 pets a second chance at a loving home. This is in addition to more than 3,300 owner-surrendered pets who have come to OHS to find a new home. The Oregon Humane Society adopts more animals than any other single-shelter facility on the west coast.

“This was a wonderful way to finish a historic year,” says Sharon Harmon, OHS President and CEO.

In a statement on the fatal mauling at Conservators Center in Burlington, N.C.

 Kitty Block, Acting President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, issues the following statement concerning the deadly mauling of an intern by a lion at Conservators Center in Burlington, N.C.:

 “This is a tragic incident and our thoughts go out to the family of the victim. Sadly, this incident illustrates the need for strong legislation to better restrict the private possession of dangerous wild animals. North Carolina is one of only four states with little to no laws prohibiting the private possession of dangerous wild animals. In North Carolina, individuals can easily acquire big cats, bears and other dangerous species and keep them in deplorable and unsafe conditions. Weak laws result in situations like the 10-year-old boy who was killed by his uncle’s pet tiger, the 3-year-old who was blinded after being bitten on the head by his father’s pet tiger, and yesterday’s deadly mauling of an intern by a lion at a privately run facility. We urge legislators to effectively put an end to this ongoing problem by passing legislation in 2019 to ban the private possession of dangerous wild animals, which would protect the public, first responders, as well as animals.”


A California bill banning the sale of mill-bred dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores went into effect Jan. 1.

The measure, known as AB 485, the Pet Rescue and Adoption Act, requires that stores offer dogs, cats and rabbits from shelters and rescue groups. It was authored by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) and sponsored by California-based political animal advocacy group Social Compassion in Legislation.
California is the first state to enact a policy of this kind, according to a press release from Social Compassion in Legislation.

The bill comes on the heels of similar local bans approved in various California communities.

“When we began the effort to sponsor legislation to codify these local ordinances into state law, many people said it couldn’t be done and the timing was not right,” said Judie Mancuso, founder and president of Social Compassion in Legislation. “But what we found was not only was the timing right in California, but the timing was also right around the world, as we’ve seen other local jurisdictions and states following suit, including Maryland, as well as the United Kingdom.”

“When we passed the ordinance in the City of Los Angeles, which the California state law is modeled after, we didn’t want to be part of the problem. Now, with the enormous help of Social Compassion in Legislation, we are part of the solution not only in the second largest city in the United States, but in the entire state of California, and around the world,” said Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz.

O’Donnell said, “This is an exciting day for pets in California. I am very grateful for the strong support we received from animal-lovers across the state and from Social Compassion in Legislation, the bill’s sponsor. This is a big win for our four-legged friends, of course, but also for California taxpayers who spend more than $250 million annually to house and euthanize animals in our shelters.

San Antonio Zoo is pleased to announce that CEO and Executive Director, Tim Morrow has been named incoming Vice President/Secretary of International Elephant Foundation. The International Elephant Foundation (IEF) is a non-profit corporation of individuals and institutions dedicated to the conservation of African and Asian elephants worldwide.

Morrow says, "I am honored not only to be on the Board of Directors of International Elephant Foundation, but to be voted into the position of Vice President/Secretary. This organization's mission of supporting elephant conservation in managed facilities and in the wild aligns perfectly with the San Antonio Zoo's vision and mission."

"Tim Morrow and San Antonio Zoo provide adept expertise and financial support to the International Elephant Foundation, which shows their dedication to conservation and securing a future where elephants thrive," said Deborah Olson, Executive Director of the International Elephant Foundation. "We are lucky to have a strong, knowledgeable Board of Directors to guide our many elephant and habitat protection programs around the globe. Donations by individuals and corporate entities, and dynamic support by those like Tim, have enabled IEF to support over 150 projects and work on behalf of those who believe the world is a better place with elephants in it."

Pet obesity is on the rise for the eighth straight year, according to Nationwide, a provider of pet health insurance. Nearly 20 percent of members’ pet insurance claims in 2017 were for conditions and diseases related to pet obesity. That amounted to more than $69 million in veterinary expenses. The boost in total obesity-related claims signifies a 24 percent increase over the last eight years, according to a press release from the company.

As with people, excessive body fat in pets increases the risk of preventable health issues and may shorten the life expectancy of dogs and cats. Nationwide sorted through its database of more than 700,000 insured pets to determine the top 10 dog and cat conditions related to or made worse by obesity.

Most Common Dog Obesity-Related Conditions

  1. Arthritis
  2. Bladder/Urinary Tract Disease
  3. Liver Disease
  4. Low Thyroid Hormone
  5. Torn Knee Ligaments
  6. Diseased Disc in the Spine
  7. Diabetes
  8. Chronic Kidney Disease
  9. Heart Failure
  10. High Blood Pressure

Most Common Cat Obesity-Related Conditions

  1. Bladder/Urinary Tract Disease
  2. Chronic Kidney Disease
  3. Diabetes
  4. Asthma
  5. Liver Disease
  6. Arthritis
  7. High Blood Pressure
  8. Heart Failure
  9. Gall Bladder Disorder
  10. Immobility of Spine

In 2017, Nationwide received more than 57,000 pet insurance claims for arthritis in dogs, the most common disease aggravated by excessive weight, which carried an average treatment fee of $323 per pet. With more than 5,800 pet insurance claims, bladder or urinary tract disease was the most common obesity-related condition in cats, which had an average claim amount of $495 per pet.

“Obesity can be detrimental to the livelihood of our pets,” said Carol McConnell, vice president and chief veterinary officer for Nationwide. “The New Year presents a perfect opportunity to create regular exercise routines for our pets and to effectively manage their eating habits to avoid excess weight gain. Scheduling a routine wellness exam with a veterinarian is an effective way to get started on monitoring your pet’s weight.”

The "Climate Action" launched on December 27, 2018 and is continuing through 2019 as a global conversation on the critical environmental issues we are facing. The campaign serves as a bridge to between business, individual consumers, and advocates alike, with the aim to provide critical education on today's sustainability initiatives and the change-makers fighting for our future.

The print component of "Climate Action" was distributed within the December 27th circulation of LA Times, with a circulation of approximately 260,000 copies and an estimated readership of 780,000. The digital component is distributed nationally, through a vast social media strategy, and across a network of top new sites and partner outlets. To explore the digital version of the campaign, visit:

Along with the support by many exciting leaders, this campaign was made possible in part by American Forests. As climate change continues to impact our landscapes and threaten communities, American Forests is working at the intersection of forestry, science and policy – to build a movement to implement natural climate solutions with forests, to focus on restoration to damaged areas and to promote public understanding of what forests can do to mitigate climate change.

Founded in 1875, American Forests is the oldest national nonprofit conservation organization in the country and has served as a catalyst for many key milestones in the conservation movement, including the founding of the U.S. Forest Service, the national forest system and thousands of forest ecosystem restoration projects and public education efforts. Since 1990, American Forests has planted more than 60 million trees in all 50 states and 44 countries, resulting in cleaner air and drinking water, restored habitat for wildlife and fish, and the removal of millions of tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

MediaPlanet is proud to have American Forests as a featured leader in their campaign and to learn more about the incredible work they are doing and how to get involved, visit

A jogger in Oakland fended off a dog attack, only to be tackled and bitten on the arm by the dog's owner, police said.

The dog owner, identified as 19-year-old Alma Cadwalader, was arrested Friday a day after the attack as police sought the public's help in tracking her down.

The incident occurred when the woman jogger defended herself from an attacking dog with pepper spray. When the jogger later returned to the location of the attack on Goldenrod Trail between Chabot Equestrian Center and the Oakland City Stables, Cadwalader, who owns two dogs — one a medium-sized tan colored dog, the other resembling a black Rottweiler mix — allegedly tackled and punched her multiple times.

When the jogger tried to get away, Cadwalader allegedly bit her forearm, leaving a bloody bite mark and significant wounds, according to East Bay Regional Park District Police Department.

It's not clear which dog had attacked earlier.

Based on the severity of the crime, police had asked the public’s help in locating the suspect and posted photos the victim had taken of her walking away with the dogs. Cadwalader was arrested Friday after a judge issued a warrant for her arrest.

She was booked into the Santa Rita jail, but it was unclear what charges she faced.

Berlin's unwanted Christmas trees have ended their days as a festive snack for zoo elephants and stocking fillers for some of their fellow residents.

The once-a-year treats arrived Friday at the Tierpark, one of the German capital's two zoos.

The zoo takes only fresh, unsold trees from selected vendors. It doesn't accept trees from the public, which could contain chemicals or leftover decorations.

The elephants eat the trees themselves. Monkeys are presented with trees decorated with vegetables, and tigers get meat decorations.

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