All posts in Sanctuaries

William Nimmo, founder of Tigers in America, assesses “Tiger King”

Owing to the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing Stay at Home order, I produced and recorded this show remotely from home, the second program prepared this way at the Talking Animals corporate headquarters in Jupiter Farms, Florida, and likely the way the broadcast will be assembled for the foreseeable future.

William Nimmo—founder of  Tigers in America, a rescue network that has relocated more than 250 tigers from private owners, roadside zoos, and other nefarious operations, to top-tier sanctuaries—recalls his first expedition to pull tigers from a facility that had gone bankrupt, closed and planned to euthanize all the animals. Read more…

Zina Goodin, co-founder of Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary

Zina Goodin— co-founder, with her husband, Michael, of Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary, a Mount Juliet, Tennessee haven housing 95 elderly dogs on a two-acre parcel of land–recalls becoming a dog person somewhat later in life, and feeling lukewarm enthusiasm initially when her family adopted its first dog in 1990. Read more…

Logan Vindett, executive director of Kindred Spirits Sanctuary

Logan Vindett—executive director of Kindred Spirits Sanctuary, a Citra, FL facility that provides safe, permanent refuge to disabled, abused, abandoned, and neglected farm animals—recounts growing up with a powerful love of animals, with some in her family thinking she should become a veterinarian. Read more…

Scott Blais, co-founder of the Global Sanctuary for Elephants, currently running Elephant Sanctuary Brazil

Scott Blais—co-founder of the Global Sanctuary for Elephants, whose initial facility is the Elephant Sanctuary Brazil—begins the conversation aiming to answer my question about what makes elephants magical, what provokes such passionate response to them in so many people. Read more…

Teo Alfero, founder & CEO of The Wolf Connection sanctuary

Teo Alfero—founder and CEO of the Wolf Connection sanctuary, which specializes in rescuing domesticated wolves and dogs with varying degrees of wolf content, and author of “The Wolf Connection: What Wolves Can Teach Us About Being Human”—outlines three traits of wolves most people wouldn’t know that make them special animals. Read more…