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Talkin' Pets News

September 12, 2020

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestial Custom Dog Services

Producer - Kayla Cavanaugh

Network Producer - Darian Sims

Social Media Consultant - Bob Page

Special Guests - Dan Paul, Washington senior state director of the Humane Society of the United States will join Jon & Talkin' Pets to discuss Wildlife Killing Contests

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Since 2014, NBC and Telemundo owned stations’ Clear The Shelters campaign has helped more than half a million pets find new homes.

Think about that a minute.

That means that 500,000 dogs, cats and an assortment of other pet animals, are not in a shelter.

That means that there are more than 500,000 individuals and families whose lives are enriched because they have a pet to love in their homes.

This year’s Clear The Shelters campaign resulted in the adoption of more than 130,000 pets and counting, as animal shelters continue to report in.

Thanks to donations made by individuals all across the country, the campaign also raised more than $1.185 million to benefit shelters/rescue.

In Trenton, N.J., a dog that had been living in a shelter for seven years found a new home.

To help those shelters, Saturday Night Live cast member and artist, Melissa Villaseñor, designed an event t-shirt inspired by her shelter dog, Penny.

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The rescue of over 300 dogs and cats from an Adams County breeding facility was completed over the weekend.

The Quincy Humane Society was alerted by the Illinois Department of Agriculture of the need to remove 305 animals from the unidentified facility.

Officials say there had been complaints of sick, injured and dead animals at the facility for the last year.

Humane society personnel, with the help of other area animal rescue agencies, spent Thursday, Friday and Saturday taking dogs and cats from the facility.

No charges are being filed against the breeding facility because they agreed to surrender their licenses and animals over to the state Department of Agriculture.

Once the animals receive medical attention, they will be available for adoption at agencies in Quincy, Jacksonville and Springfield.


The nonprofit organization Gabriel’s Angels was the beneficiary of fundraising efforts by members of the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) during the 2020 NASC Virtual Conference in June. A sum of $32,703 was raised by NASC member companies, as well as several individual donors, and given to Gabriel’s Angels to help the organization continue its work of improving quality of life for at-risk children in Central Arizona. Currently, over 180 Gabriel’s Angels pet therapy teams serve more than 12,000 children from infants to age 18.

“We are overwhelmed by the incredible generosity of the National Animal Supplement Council and are so grateful for the phenomenal support of the Gabriel’s Angels mission to inspire confidence, compassion and best behaviors in at-risk children through pet therapy,” said Pamelle Easterling, Gabriel’s Angels director of development. “If there is anyone who understands the amazing impact of our pets, it is our friends at NASC. In the wake of the social, emotional and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, this significant generosity will go a long way to share the unconditional love of a therapy dog and provide the amazing support that our at-risk youth need now, more than ever.”

Each year, NASC selects an animal-focused nonprofit to support during its conference through fundraising activities. When the 2020 event transitioned to virtual due to the coronavirus pandemic, the fundraiser was initially set aside. However, the NASC Board of Directors believed the fundraiser should proceed and planned a “secret” giving campaign that invited NASC members to contribute on behalf of NASC President, Bill Bookout, and the NASC staff. In the final conference session, NASC board member, Scott Garmon, revealed the fundraising results, which made for a touching moment.

“I knew something was going on when I saw Scott Garmon pop up as a speaker in the virtual conference. He wasn’t on the agenda,” said Bill Bookout. “I never imagined he was about to announce that our members raised over $32,000 for Gabriel’s Angels. It was incredible. But not surprising because this is what NASC members do. They care about animals, and about others, and they put that caring into action every single day.”

To learn more about Gabriel’s Angels, visit


La Niña is here, which could mean a cold and stormier winter than normal across the North, while the southern tier stays drier, with warmer than average temperatures.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday the arrival of La Niña, advising that conditions are expected to last through the Northern Hemisphere winter.

La Niña, the counterpart of El Niño, is characterized by below-normal sea surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean near the equator -- a result of shifting wind patterns in the atmosphere.

Both La Niña and El Niño occur every three to five years on average, according to NOAA.

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La Niña's arrival could impact weather around the globe, potentially causing more frequent and stronger hurricanes for the last few months of the Atlantic hurricane season. It also can mean wetter conditions for northern Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines, drier conditions for western South America and cooler conditions for western Africa.

NOAA issued a La Niña watch in July, warning that La Niña could form in the fall. The agency factored in the likelihood of La Niña forming in its outlook on the 2020 hurricane season, forecasting last month that it would be "extremely active."

La Niña weakens winds between the ocean surface and the upper levels of the atmosphere, which allows hurricanes to more easily grow. It also impacts the position of the jet stream over North America, which can influence the track and severity of winter storms. This tends to make for wetter and cooler winters along the Pacific Northwest and areas currently facing major wildfires.


While El Niño and La Niña events are regular aspects of global weather patterns, increased global temperatures may temper or change their effects.

"La Niña tends to pull down global temperatures, but in recent years we have been warming the planet so fast, it's like hitting a small speed bump at 80 mph -- it barely even registers," CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller said in July.

It's likely too early to know how climate change will affect those patterns; research is beginning to show how a warming climate may amplify the effects of El Niño and La Niña.

A 2018 study on atmospheric conditions ran simulations of climate conditions and found that climate change could increase the severity of weather events stemming from El Niño patterns.

Outside of any impact on hurricanes, climate change may mean that some older temperature patterns associated with El Niño and La Niña no longer apply.

"2020 is already trending as one of the top two warmest years on record. Perhaps a cooling influence from an emerging La Niña will keep it out of the top spot, but will likely still be in the top 3 at least," Miller said.

"Top spots on the warmest years list used to be reserved for the strong El Niño years, but human influences have long since overwhelmed the planet's natural temperature regulators."


A 40-pound (18-kilogram) serval cat named Spartacus that was adopted from a zoo four years ago is missing after running away from his New Hampshire home.

Spartacus, an African serval cat, was reported missing in Merrimack on Wednesday, police said.

Dean King told The Associated Press his family adopted Spartacus from a Florida zoo four years ago. Since then, the cat has lived indoors the entire time — spending the days in an enclosure and having the run of the family house at night. The family owns the cat legally and has a permit from the state’s department of fish and game, police said.

“The dog didn’t want to come in last night. So my wife opened the front door. The dog and the cat spooked each other and off he went,” King told The AP. “He’s gone.”

The family spent much of last night searching for Spartacus in the woods near their home. Police have received a call from someone who reported seeing the cat a few miles away, and the family has put out a trap with live baby chickens. But so far, Spartacus has not returned.

“We’re devastated,” King said. “Hopefully, he comes back.”

Photos show the cat is tawny in color with dark spots and has long ears.

“He may come when called but tends to be skittish around strangers,” Merrimack police wrote in a Facebook post.

Police are asking anyone who sees the cat to report him to the dispatcher.


The Knox County Sheriff’s Office issued a Be On the Lookout (BOLO) alert for a tiger late Wednesday night after reports of the animal being spotted in southeast Knoxville.

A trap was later set then removed Thursday by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency; the reported tiger had not yet been located as of Thursday night.

TWRA officials said Friday they’ve found no hide nor hair in the area of the suspected sightings and there have been no new sightings from the public since Thursday.

Knox County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Units, Animal Control, Air Watch, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Knoxville Police’s Animal Control Unit and representatives with Tiger Haven began searching late Wednesday night to locate a tiger that was spotted by a Knox County deputy in the Forks of the River Industrial Park off of Island River Drive.

The KCSO deputy, who was off-duty at the time, reported seeing the animal, what appeared to be that of a tiger, walk out of the water around 8:30 p.m.

KCSO said just before midnight that there had been no other sightings “at this hour,” and would keep the public updated as more information becomes available.

Knox County dispatch said a report of an unconfirmed sighting of the tiger near Bales Lane/ Thorngrove Pike/ Gov. John Sevier Hwy area in East Knoxville was made around 7:30 a.m.

A humane bear trap using a rotisserie chicken as bait had been set for the animal Thursday, but was later removed due to inactivity; a TWRA officer was posted nearby to continue to monitor the area.

If captured, it will be taken to Tiger Haven in Roane County. Tiger Haven, located in Kingston, confirmed they are not missing any animals.

Zoo Knoxville, Tiger Haven and the Little Ponderosa Zoo all confirmed Thursday that all of their tigers had been accounted for.

The origin of the reported tiger remains unclear.

If anyone has any information on a missing tiger or locates the tiger, they’re asked to contact the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.


Hordes of mosquitoes pushed out of the marsh by Hurricane Laura continue to menace livestock in Southwest Louisiana.
“The population just exploded in the southwest part of the state,” said Jeremy Hebert, LSU AgCenter agent in Acadia Parish.
Spraying programs in several parishes have made a big difference. “The spraying has dropped the populations tremendously. It’s made a night-and-day difference,” Hebert said.
Jimmy Meaux, AgCenter agent in Calcasieu and Jefferson Davis parishes, said mosquitoes remain a severe problem, but spraying programs have started to control the pest.
Hebert said he has talked to several cattle owners who have lost as many as eight head. He also heard of three mosquito-related deaths of horses.
AgCenter regional livestock specialist Vince Deshotel said cattle confined in small holding pastures were starting to show signs of stress made worse by the heat and increasing insect populations. Cattle deaths from mosquitoes are widespread.
“I lost a bull Friday night,” Deshotel said.
He said he met four other cattle producers during the weekend who were having to dispose of carcasses.
Several parishes are conducting mosquito spraying by airplane, and that is providing some relief.
Dr. Craig Fontenot, an Evangeline Parish-based veterinarian, said livestock mortality has been widespread. One cattle producer lost 20 head, Fontenot said, and a penned deer operation lost 13 of 100 deer.
Reports of bulls succumbing to mosquitoes have been reported, and it’s common to hear of herds losing four to five head of cattle. “There’s a lot on the verge of dying,” Fontenot said.
The swarms seemed to lessen in the past few days, but now some cows are having spontaneous abortions from the stress.
The swarms of the insects drain blood from livestock, and the animals keep moving to ward off mosquitoes and become exhausted. “They can’t get enough oxygen,” Fontenot said.
He said it seems mosquito numbers have decreased.
Cattle owners have been spraying their pastures to give their cattle a couple of days of relief.
AgCenter extension veterinarian Dr. Christine Navarre said products are available to control the pests on livestock.
“Basically, there are many products that can be applied to the animals, either in a spray, spot-on or with back rubs,” she said. “It will depend on what is available locally and what works for the situation.”
The products must be used exactly according to label, “and if it is used on a food-producing animal, it must be approved for that species,” she said.
Repeat applications may be needed, but only if the label says that is safe.
Using fans could benefit individual animals, and coverings could be useful, but those coverings could also cause heat stress, Navarre said.
Any nutritional supplements should be given under the direction of a veterinarian. “Good general nutrition and managing other stressors such as heat and transport are the best medicine,” she said.

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