We begin focusing on the impact of the recent Southern California fire on animals and their guardians. Known as the Woolsey Fire, this huge, destructive fire killed 3 people, destroyed 1,643 structures and prompted the evacuation of more than 295,000 people. Frequent guest Bob Ferber and his animals were ordered to evacuate his suburban home with very little warning, and fortunately, his pets survived and his home was not damaged. Ferber is a long-term animal rescuer and former Los Angeles animal cruelty prosecutor. We explore the legal, moral and practical elements of mandatory evacuations when animals are involved including dogs, cats, horses and exotic animals.
Lori then welcomes Eric Mills of Oakland California’s Action for Animals, to learn about his life as an advocate for animals. The organization currently focuses on Rodeo reform, charreadas (Mexican rodeos), and live animal food markets. Visit them on facebook. An informational booklet, Bucking Tradition, is available at no cost; email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As much as we love our pets, their innocent and natural habits can cause serious property damage around the house if common sense precautions are not taken. A recent example was uncovered when a stereo repair technician found copious amounts of cat hair interfering with the proper functioning of Peter’s high end CD player! Listeners, you have been warned. Finally, Lori shares a new study showing that raw meat based diets for pets place owners at serious risk for infections from the meat. The pathogens may be passed on to people by direct contact with pets, from contaminated surfaces, and by cross contamination with human food. Plus, not only do the diets offer no health benefits for the pets, but the antibiotic resistant bacteria found in the meat may cause illness in pets.