Saturday, April 12, 2014

Euthanasia Or Contraception?

Euthanasia Or Contraception?

April 12, 2014

The question of euthanasia versus birth control is at the center of a serious disagreement about the welfare of various species of domestic and wild animals. Recent events involving giraffes and lions in a Danish zoo introduced another level of complexity and emotion to this ongoing debate. Laura Moss, an editor and writer for Mother Nature Network who has done a substantial amount of reporting on this issue, joins us to offer insight.

Helping Animals and People with a Gentle Touch: Since 1999 The Gentle Barn animal sanctuary has been a life-saving respite for thousands of animals and a safe haven for many at-risk teens and special needs children. We speak with Ellie Laks, founder of the southern California nonprofit, who has written a new book, "My Gentle Barn," which weaves together the story of her personal journey and how the sanctuary came to be the highly regarded institution it is today.

Music: “Madeira River” by Uakti

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

April 12, 2014

Which Meds Are Best For My Cat? The keeper of a San Diego, CA feline seeks advice on choosing the proper medication for a respiratory ailment. Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society has a few suggestions.

Group Therapy: A 6 year old Sharpei is showing unwelcome signs of aggressive behavior at the dog park. Can she learn how to play nice with other animals?

A Reversal of Feline Fortune: Two cats who have lived together amicably in Virginia for 7 years have suddenly become unfriendly toward each other and their caretaker doesn't understand why.

Music: “Purus River” by Uakti. Special Thanks to Natalie Yuravlivker

Japan’s Rabbit Island

Japan’s Rabbit Island

April 12, 2014

There’s a tiny Japanese island with a troubling past that has undergone a remarkable transformation thanks to a large population of rabbits. Nina Porzucki of PRI’s The World tells us more.

Helping Pets by Making Humans Smarter: Your Dog’s Friend, a nonprofit organization based in Rockville, Md., is dedicated to keeping dogs out of shelters by educating and supporting their humans. Producer Natalie Yuravlivker visited their free monthly adopter’s workshop to learn about the resources available to potential adopters and new pet companions.

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets And Wildlife With Dr. Gary Weitzman

April 12, 2014

Getting a “Jump” On a Cat’s Box Behavior: A Washington, D.C. feline stands up while using the litter box with messy results. Its caretaker wonders if getting a "jump-in" litter box will solve the problem.

New Rules for Relocation: In Maryland, an 11-month-old Golden Retriever has difficulty adjusting to new surroundings and its caretaker seeks advice on the best way to prepare for an impending overseas move. Mark Botten, director of the pet travel agency Pet Express, offers a few suggestions.

Music: “Purus River” by Uakti; “Rainbow Connection” – Kermit the Frog

The Animal House is produced by member-supported WAMU 88.5 in Washington DC.