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Samantha Wishman & Christina Thomas, co-directors of “Free Puppies!”

Christina Thomas and Samantha Wishman–co-directors of “Free Puppies!,” a documentary examining the scenario in which rescue dogs are regularly transported from the South to the North for adoption, but probes deeper into why the South is a repository for so many homeless dogs—describe their filmmaking experience prior to “Puppies!,” their feature-length debut. Read more…

Kimberly Carroll, Toronto-based animal activist, leader, and consultant

Kimberly Carroll— a veteran Toronto-based animal activist, leader, and consultant—recalls growing up in Manitoba, a sensitive child with a precocious connection to animals, yet like her family members and most fellow Manitobans, she was also an enthusiastic meat eater. Read more…

Spencer Conover, Assistant Director of Pasco County Animal Services

Spencer Conover— Assistant Director of Pasco County Animal Services (PCAS), whose work has received national acclaim, partly accounting for his being viewed as a rising star in the animal shelter world—recounts growing up in a conventional household regarding animals (they had a dog and a cat), but a pivotal memory was the family taking in a stray calico they thought was male, but later had a litter of kittens. Read more…

Callers and Emailers as Guests

Every year or two, I jettison the chief component of the “Talking Animals” format—a longform interview with a single guest—to offer a debate or some other multi-guest panel discussion. Read more…

Ally Burguieres, opossum advocate and rehabilitator

Ally Burguieres— an opossum advocate and rehabilitator, whose passion to protect and serve, and heal, these marsupials is reflected in a recent HuffPost piece and in her new book, “Possums Are Not Cute! And Other Myths about Nature’s Most Misunderstood Critter”—addresses the “possum/opossum” dilemma, citing history, international distinctions, and how even when “opossum” is the correct version, conversationally it can be pronounced (not incorrectly) “possum.” Read more…