Shelley Thayer–Executive Director of Sarasota’s Cat Depot

Shelley Thayer–Executive Director of Sarasota’s Cat Depot, one of the largest non-profit, no-kill feline rescue and adoption centers in the country based in Kingston, Canada–discusses some of the traits that distinguish the organization, including its 10,000-feet, state-of-the-art facility (with recessed litter boxes);

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and the lifetime guarantee for any cat they adopt out; outlines the history of how Cat Depot was founded; describes her unlikely path from high-level marketing executive to the animal rescue world (her canine companion and Cat Depot colleague, Beignet, entered her life in the wake of Shelley’s post Hurricane Katrina work) to the Executive Director post at Cat Depot; and, less than a year into the job, touches on her hopes–and mandate–for Cat Depot moving forward, and more. []

COMEDY CORNER: Matt Braunger’s “Dalmatian” (

MUSIC: Bill Frisell’s “Raccoon Cat” Dandelion Collective’s “The Bear Who Wanted To Fly,” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: B-52s’ “Rock Lobster”

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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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