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Please Support “Talking Animals” (& Me!) During WMNF’s Winter Fund Drive Feb. 5

I’m asking that you support “Talking Animals,” and me, in our Fund Drive show Wednesday, Feb. 5, 10am-11am ET–but, ideally,  BEFORE then! 

As always, we have Exclusive Thank You Gifts for those who donate on  behalf of “Talking Animals”…

For example, fantastic tickets to see ELTON JOHN on his “Farewell Yellow Brick Tour,” featuring what surely must be his final Tampa stop at Amalie Arena on May 26. That show is still a ways off, but many of the best seats are sold out–and some of the remaining best ones are going for over $1000 per ticket. We have two of the best seats in the house for this concert, but at a much better pledge price.  

 Other nifty Exclusive Thank You Gifts, or “Premiums,” include:

* One SIGNED copy of “Cat Tale: The Wild, Weird Battle to Save The Florida Panther,”  the just-published book  by veteran Tampa Bay Times reporter Craig Pittman.   

* Two copies of “There Are Birds,” stellar, bird-centric album by singer-songwriter–and inveterate birdwatcher–Stephanie Seymour. “There Are Birds” was one of my favorite albums of 2019, in any category.

* Boxes of customized, colorful, animal-oriented greeting cards created by 20-year-old Pittsburgh artist on the spectrum, Jarrod Edson   

Special clippers that can safely trim the nails of cats & other small animals  

* Back Again By Popular Demand! The Pocket Monkey!

 * The current TALKING ANIMALS T-SHIRT, royal blue, with a fantastic front design by artist extraordinaire Ramin Nazer. You can see the shirt, front and back, below.

* Colorful, Animal-Shaped Smart PHONE STANDS…Phone (or tablet) stands in the shape of cats, birds, dinosaurs and gators, and in fab colors: Green bird and dinosaurs…Navy blue dinosaurs…Yellow gators. You can see these below. 

 That hour of our fund drive show on Feb. 5–from 10-11am ET that morning–is the only time our show will be “credited” with your donation.

If a pledge comes in afterward, it’s credited to another show, but you can give beforehand… how ’bout now? 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…

Sterling Davis–“Trap King”–Pioneering Expert on TNR and Community Cats

Sterling Davis—also known as “Trap King,” reflecting his prowess with the humane traps used in the commission of Trap Neuter Return (TNR) of community cats, previously called feral cats—recounts his unlikely path into cat rescue and TNR, and the budding career he turned his back on to travel this path. Read more…

Rick Chaboudy, co-founder of Suncoast Animal League

Rick Chaboudy—the co-founder and executive director of Suncoast Animal League, the Palm Harbor-based animal welfare organization/shelter that is distinct by virtue of caring for both domestic animals and wildlife—traces the history of his long career working in animal welfare in the Tampa Bay area, going back even before he spent 20-plus years as executive director of the Humane Society of Pinellas (previously called Clearwater SPCA). Read more…

Tampa Bay Veg Fest: Former & original organizers, plus keynote speaker Grey

On this edition of the show, we reconfigured the regular format a bit, so as to accommodate taking a good look—from a couple of angles—at the Tampa Bay Veg Fest (TBVF), set this year for Nov. 9 at Perry Harvey Sr. Park. Read more…