Private ownership of wild animals like big cats, monkeys and bears typically leads to a life of neglect and cruelty for the animals, as well as presenting risks to the owners and the community. Fortunately, the practice is decreasing, but there remains far too many bad situations around the country. Lori beings the show reflecting on her personal childhood experiences with her friend’s pet bobcat and explains why private ownership of exotic animals is no longer acceptable. For those who wish to see wild animals, visit and support accredited sanctuaries instead.
Then, we have some hot animal news including stories about beagles learning to detect lung cancer, possible reasons why dogs have an eyebrow muscle absent in wolves, and an organization is giving grants to rescue groups to aid senior dog adoptions.
Peter then welcomes Peter Wolf, Research Policy Analyst at Best Friends Animal Society to review newly published research on their signature community cat management program. The program was implemented in six communities over three years, with almost 73,000 cats and kittens studied. Huge decreases in both shelter cat and kitten intakes and shelter killing were found, with the benefits becoming evident even in the first year of the program.
To conclude, Lori gives July 4th advice to help you manage your pets’ anxiety that may be caused by the noise and lights of the holiday’s fireworks.