Amy Shever–founder and director of 2nd Chance 4 Pets

Amy Shever–founder and director of 2nd Chance 4 Pets, an animal welfare organization that seeks to reduce the number of family pets unnecessarily euthanized due to the death or incapacity of their human companions–discusses her extensive animal shelter experience and other rationales behind creating 2nd Chance 4 Pets, outlines the three basic steps pet owners should take in planning to protect and provide for their animals in their absence, observes that this concern should not be considered the province of the elderly, addresses the relevant dramatic rise lately of home foreclosures and the attendant huge numbers of animals left behind and uncared for as owners lose their homes, and more. [,]

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MUSIC: Bill Frisells’ “Raccoon Cat,” My Morning Jacket’s “Cobra,” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: Tom Jones’ “What’s New Pussycat”

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Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

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