Rick Chaboudy, co-founder and executive director of The Suncoast Animal League

Rick Chaboudy, co-founder and executive director of The Suncoast Animal League–a non-profit, no-kill animal rescue agency located in Palm Harbor, FL–addresses some aspects of how the agency operates by way of recounting, step-by-step, what Suncoast did upon receiving an influx of 51 new dogs from Georgia less than 48 hours before this interview.



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Upon arrival in Florida, all the dogs immediately had foster homes to go to, a measure of Suncoast’s infrastructure and the way such social networks sites as Facebook and Twitter have greatly enhanced the organization’s ability to communicate (& update) their needs at various stage of such rescue efforts. Rick also discusses adoption and introduced listeners to three adoptable animals he’d brought in studio: the beautiful white cat Snowball and impossibly cute 8-week-old puppies, Buddy & Smokey. He also describes Mutt March, Suncoast Animal League’s annual fund-raising event & party, to be held the Saturday after this interview. (www.SuncoastAnimalLeague.org)

ALSO: We spoke briefly with Lori Spaulding, of Florida All Retriever Rescue (FARR), about the organization, where many of its animals come from, how their fostering & adoption works, and its forthcoming Pups At The Pub event. (www.FloridaRetrieverRescue.com)

COMEDY CORNER: Tom Papa’s “Pet People” (www.TomPapa.com)

MUSIC:Neko Case’s “People Got A Lotta Nerve,” Nellie McKay’s “The Dog Song,” The Rolling Stones’ “Monkey Man,” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE:Steely Dan’s “Black Cow”

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About the author
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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