All posts in Birds, Fish & Reptiles

Lisa Bekiaris, Founder of Raffle Rescue

Lisa Bekiaris—founder of Raffle Rescue, which functions as a food bank of sorts, but in this case, we’re referring to pet food—recounts her childhood and formative years as a precocious animal lover, where she and her sister would raise and care for animals on their property, and tend to sick or injured ones nearby. Read more…

Avalon Theisen, 14-year-old environmentalist, animal advocate and educator

Avalon Theisen—the 14-year-old Tampa environmentalist, animal advocate, and founder of Conserve It Forward—describes what Conserve It Forward is and does, and what prompted her to launch it 2010 (at age nine). Read more…

pattrice jones, cofounder of VINE Sanctuary

pattrice jones — cofounder of VINE (Veganism Is the Next Evolution) Sanctuary, a 100-acre facility in Vermont that describes itself as an “LGBTQ-run farmed animal sanctuary that has worked to build bridges between the animal advocacy and LGBTQ liberation movements”—discusses the impetus for launching in 2000, with cofounder Miriam Jones, what was then Eastern Shore Sanctuary, initially located in Maryland. Read more…

Pet Sitters’ Panel Discussion: Shelley Hamilton, Glen Hatchell & Nina Perino

I convened a panel of professional pet sitters—Shelley Hamilton of Perfect Pets, Glen Hatchell of Home Buddies (also a former WMNF Morning Show Host), and Nina Perino of Love All Beings Pet Sitting—to discuss various aspects of pet sitting. Read more…

Encore: Helen Macdonald, “H is for Hawk”

While away on a family vacation, I presented an encore broadcast of my interview with Helen Macdonald, the author of “H is for Hawk,” which received rapturous acclaim and major literary prizes. It’s probably my favorite book of the last year or so, and I was pleased to see that the critical acclaim translated to commercial success: the book soared to the upper reaches of The New York Times Bestseller list. It also landed on the iBooks recommended Summer Reading list. (In a slightly bit of odd timing to be away, this show effectively marked the 12th anniversary of “Talking Animals,” which I launched June 13, 2003 at KUCI in Irvine.)