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The Deal with Animals: Library

We know you love and care for your pet, and that their well being is of the utmost concern. Here we’ve provided some helpful resources if you are looking for pet-related information. If you have additional questions, we are here.


July 1, 2021

Have you wondered if you pets could catch Covid 19 if you get sick? Can they pass it to each other or even bring it home to you? I am talking with Dr Julianne Miesner on her research with companion animals and Covid 19. You can read her research here

July 16, 2021

What is pet acupuncture and how does it work? Dr. Taryn Rathbone discusses this and chats about dogs, horses and her experiences with animals.

July 31, 2021

So many of us worked from home this year that many people decided to get an animal companion. Many of these dogs have had no experience or are out of practice with being left at home alone. I talk with Author and International dog trainer, Suzanne Clothier, about our dog's mental/emotional health and how to prepare our dogs for post-pandemic life.

August 9, 2021

The goals of this podcast and an introduction

August 15, 2021

Dr Jackie and I discuss Holistic pet medicine: What is it, why does she practice it, how does it work with an integrated health plan? Dr Jackie is a Veterinarian specializing in Holistic pet medicine at Mercy Vet on Mercer Island, WA.

August 30, 2021

Discussing the uses and ethics of Animal Assisted Interactions, Therapies, and services with Clare Thomas-Pino, adjunct professor and Post Doctoral Candidate and the University of Main.

September 11, 2021

When a dog bites it doesn't just cause physical injury but emotional injury to the victims as well as the dog's caregiver. Dr Sara obtained her PhD researching the emotional toll of dog bites and now works for Dog's Trust, UK on a longitudinal study on health, welfare, and behavior of dogs from puppy to golden years.

September 27, 2021

This episode just might make you a happier person. You might think this episode would only be for those in animal welfare who feel sad, but just you wait! This is such a fascinating and important area to understand for anyone's mental and physical wellbeing.

October 8, 2021

Ultimately when humans talk about conserving diversity whether that be animal or plant we're also talking about conserving ourselves and preserving the lifestyles that we want for our children.
This series we take a wide-ranging look at a variety of aspects of conservation as it pertains to how humans interact with other animals.
We'll be talking to the CEO of Born Free USA, a leading wildlife charity that opposes the exploitation of wild animals in captivity, the owner of K9 conservationists an organization that trains dogs to detect endangered or invasive plants for animals, how to be a humane gardener in your own backyard, salmon habitat restoration and more! Our discussion on conservation will take us across the United States and all the way to New Zealand!

October 11th, 2021

If you love the Pacific Northwest, Salmon, and conserving our waterways, then this is definitely the episode for you. Learn about the different salmon in the Sammamish state park and how their habitat is being restored. This was a really fun episode to record!

October 25, 2021

A special "spooky" episode to celebrate the season. A fascinating look into the 'Animal Lens' (how humans view themselves through other animals). Author of, Avian Illuminations and City of Ravens, among others, fascinates us with stories of the legend of ravens in the Tower of London, Birds as souls, and messengers to the Gods.

November 8, 2021

 Did you see the Motion Picture Born Free when you were a kid? I did! It was the beginning of my journey into animal advocacy field. Angela Grimes CEO of Born Free USA talks to us about the Vision and Mission of Born Free USA, The Born Free Primate Sanctuary and other projects important to having a "positive impact on animals in the wild and protect their ecosystems in perpetuity, for their own intrinsic value and for the critical roles they play within the natural world".

November 22, 2021

Nancy, The Humane Gardener, tells us about how to cultivate a beautiful garden that is also safe and inviting for the creatures to visit. Learn about the new HOA law in MD and join in Nancy's citizen science project documenting Monarch Butterfly leaf-scratching behavior.

December 6, 2021

Eradicating or Saving the Australian Brushtail Possum in New Zealand? That's the question posed by PhD Candidate, Emily Major.  Emily’s research, examines the mainstream ‘possum-as-pest’ discourse in conservation and considers how compassionate conservation principles could help alleviate suffering and cruelty towards the brushtail possum. In tandem with her research, Emily began her blog, Framing Speciesism, which seeks to bridge the knowledge gap between academic scholarship and the general public. This blog, which discusses the framing of possums in short, digestible posts, can be found at

Framing Speciesism

December 20, 2021

This may be an aspect of conservation you haven't heard of before. Conservation detection canines; They are trained to scent, track and find endangered species, invasive species, or just dead bats. This topic is fun and entertaining and it doesn't hurt that Kayla is a super optimist.

January 3, 2022

Talking to Author and Chair of Friends of Inti Wara Yassi, Laura Coleman about the Bolivian NGO, Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi (CIWY). CIWY is a non-profit founded by Nena Baltazar, recognized by Women's World Summit Foundation for her environmental activism. CIWY is dedicated to educating young people in Bolivia about their environment and providing safe haven for illegally trafficked wildlife. 

With three wildlife sanctuaries in Bolivia, CIWY invites volunteers worldwide to work directly with their, over 500 animals, including primates and Big Cats. No previous experience needed. 

Find out from Author of "The Puma Years", Laura Coleman who has volunteered with Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi for almost two decades. 

January 17, 2022

The historical tradition that is The Conservation Movement spans thousands of years. What can we learn from past mistakes and bright spots so that conservation, biodiversity, and the tradition of saving the environment, wildlife and ourselves succeeds? 

Michelle Nijhuis is the author of the new book Beloved Beasts: Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction, a history of the modern conservation movement. A project editor at The Atlantic, she is also a longtime contributing editor at High Country News and an award-winning reporter whose work has been published in National Geographic and the New York Times Magazine. She lives in White Salmon, Washington.

January 21, 2022

Series Three is taking a look at the growing pains and bright spots of bringing equity and social justice to the animal welfare and many other areas of animal advocacy. You will meet amazing people and learn how you can take steps to move animal welfare into diversity and help all animals along the way. Series Four will be running concurrently (every other week) and will be discussions with humans who live with or have direct contact with wild (non-domesticated) animals. Get ready for some surprising stories!

January 31, 2022

Battling all forms of oppression will advance the animal rights movement. We can't continue to be ignorant of how inhumane treatment of humans, feeds into the abuses of animals. Join me for this important first discussion on Antiracism in Animal Welfare with Aryenish Birdie, Executive Director of Encompass and the newly launched book Antiracism in Animal Advocacy: Igniting Cultural Transformation

February 14th, 2022

A perfect episode for Valentine's Day!

What the heck is a civet and why do people love them?! Find out on this episode, the first in series 4, all about wildlife encounters! Jes Hooper, follows the stories of Viverridae species entangled within live animal trade, with encounters viewed through a trans-species lens. Jes’ work actively engages with interdisciplinary scholarship including collaborations with visual artists, critical tourism academics, conservationists, zookeepers and fellow anthrozoologists.

The Civet Project

February 28th, 2022

The Trap King, Sterling Davis tells us about Trap-Neuter-Release and how he (and his episode on the new Netflix Series, Cat People) shows his work across the US providing compassionate, accessible, medical care for stray cats.  

Sterling Davis works to bridge the gap between the black community and animal welfare work. We're talking about the stereotypes around men and particularly black men and cats. And we'll talk about cats. Lots of cats. 

March 14, 2022

Mary Roach's wry humor marries well with the funny but often unfortunate conclusions of human encounters with wildlife. We'll have a lot of fun discussing some stories from the book as well as other things that fascinate 6x New York Times Best Seller, Mary Roach.

March 28th, 2022

A discussion with Jasmin Singer, Editor of Encompass Essays Antiracism in Animal Advocacy: Igniting Cultural Transformation....We had a conversation about an issue that is important to all of us and yet both her and I being white, have mostly seen the privileged side of this. So there are moments that we have a difficult time putting into words our thoughts or even recognizing the white privilege that we hold.

After the interview Jasmin contacted me with some of the same concerns I had already felt. Neither of us being experts, Have we done Justice to the topic? Could we put this discussion out into the world? In the end we decided we should, because just as the book suggested, we were having the difficult conversation and trying to work out how we can make things better. And even if we don't get it right, we are going to try and we're going to keep trying. So if nothing else, this is an excellent example of the kind of conversation that we all need to be having! Because we're not going to get it right the first time, and making the effort is important. Perhaps by sharing our effort we will encourage others to do the same.

Jasmin's Podcast

April 11, 2022

We talk with Author of "Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat", Hal Herzog, about some of the bigger questions facing anthrozoology right now. Where Anthrozoology is going and what got us here in the first place. 

 Hal’s blog – Animals and Us

April 25, 2022

Ecofeminist Lori Gruen, shares insights with us about ecofeminist values and the connection between the oppression of women, people of global majority, animals, and the environment.

Entangled Empathy

Lori on Animal Conservation


May 9, 2022

I'm talking with Sue Alexander, full time dog trainer and part time hunter. We discuss gender roles, the goal of a hunter (hint its not necessarily what you think), providing for the community, and the benefits of hunting to conservation. 

Dogs in the Park

May 23, 2022

I chat with CARE'S COO, Jen Evans, about why reform is needed in the animal care industry and what steps CARE is taking to help the process along. 

We discuss CARE'S efforts in research, sharing narratives, and policy change. 


Episode 25: Falconry with Silvia Mutterle

June 6, 2022

Learn about the ancient connection between humans and raptors with Falconer, Silvia Mutterle. Silvia's work with the birds aims to establish a deep understanding and vibrant interconnection between humans, other animals and the environment in the heartfelt awareness that everything is interconnected.