Ted and Karen Koran–founders and operators of The Critter Place

Ted Koran–who, along with his wife Karen, founded and operate The Critter Place, a non-profit sanctuary in Weeki Wachee, FL that’s taken in an array of abused, neglected or abandoned and provided them a forever home for nearly 25 years–discusses the history of the sanctuary. We also talk about how, after a quarter century of helping all these animals, the Korans need help: Karen is battling ovarian cancer, while Ted was recently laid off. Ted remembers Ruby, the severely-neglected horse the Korans rescued in 1988, launching them on the path toward offering a safe haven to multiple species. (Current population 80+ animals; sadly, Ruby died last year, after spending 24 years with the Korans.) He also addresses Skiddles, the pot-bellied pig whose horrific pre-Critter Place saga involved a hunter using her as bait for his hunting dogs to practice on. Full disclosure: after reading about her on the sanctuary’s website, http://thecritterplace.weebly.com/ –where there are mini-profiles of some animals and opportunities to sponsor them or contribute to the Hay & Feed fund, etc–I donated to the Skiddles fund. There was further discussion about how folks can help. (thecritterplace.weebly.com, www.facebook.com/TheCritterPlace)

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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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