Take Me Home is an animal & pet adoption and rescue podcast. When you're looking to add a pet into your life, consider adopting a homeless animal .
When you adopt a rescued pet, you are giving an animal a second chance at a new life. You also are bringing a new family member into your home, so it's not a decision you should take lightly. It's easy to look at pictures and find a cute dog or cat. But as with people, looks aren't everything. Having a good understanding a dog or cat's personality before you adopt is an important key to selecting the right pet for you.
Join host Angela Marcus as she talks to guests about some of their favorite adoptable pets. These pets might be "diamonds in the rough" that may have been overlooked, but still need a great loving home. We'll shine the light on these pets and share their personalities, quirks, and stories with you. Because each pet is an individual, we'll talk about their special needs and offer educational information so you can easily deal with common problems such as a dog that jumps on people or a cat that scratches the furniture.
Like people, no pet is "perfect." But the goal of Take Me Home is to promote happy adoptions. We'll showcase wonderful pets, tell stories, and even throw some pet education into the mix. So tune in and find out why the "pet adoption option" can be a great way to add a furry companion into your life.
Take Me Home - Episode 131 The Adventures of Marla Stahl – Author and Animal Advocate!
Today we are going to speaking with Marla Stahl, author and animal advocate. 3.9 Million… that’s the number of homeless dogs in American shelters at any given time. There are another 3.4 million cats as well. While many of us in the animal welfare space and beyond are aware of the enormity of those numbers, it takes a special person to decide to do something to combat the issue. And that’s where Marla Stahl enters the frame. She’s an author and animal advocate who’s dedicated herself to combating animal abuse and homelessness in the United States in a very unique way. Today we’ll be talking with Marla to share her mission, and learn more about her work and how it’s making a difference in the lives of thousands of animals and people.
Take Me Home - Episode 130 Celebrating 150 years of Lifesaving Work at Women’s Animal Center – America’s First Shelter
Angela Marcus interviews Catherine Malkemes, Executive Director and Jack Griffin, Director of Shelter Services from Women’s Animal Shelter in Bensalem, PA. 2019 marks the 150th Anniversary of the Animal Sheltering and Adoptions movement in America. It began in Philadelphia in 1869. And it began with women – thirty of them to be exact, who formally joined forces on April 14, 1869 to establish Women’s Animal Center. Outraged by the cruel manner in which strays on Philadelphia streets were captured and killed, they successfully petitioned City Council to take over the municipal pound as their initial order of business, repurposing it as the first facility in the U.S. for sheltering and rehoming animals. Hear the entire story and learn about how we’re celebrating this exciting milestone - and how you can get involved.
Plus, meet Ranger – an almost senior mixed breed dog available for adoption at Women’s Animal Center. He’s a “leaner” and is looking for a couch to call his own. UPDATE: Ranger is ADOPTED!
Take Me Home - Episode 129 A New Approach To Lifesaving - How Waggle.Org Is Helping People And Pets Through Dedicated And Secure Crowdfunding
Angela Marcus interviews Steven Mornelli, CEO and Founder of Waggle. There’s nothing worse than not being able to afford veterinary care for a beloved family member, and Steve and his team are setting out to change this harsh reality. Their new platform makes fundraising for a specific medical need for your pet possible and does it in a way that is responsible and secure for all parties involved. Waggle is the only pet-dedicated crowdfunding platform that partners directly with leading veterinary providers, nonprofits and pet guardians to reduce economic euthanasia in pets, thereby giving options to pet guardians and second chances to the pets they love.
Learn about Pablo, the 1-year-old Chihuahua mix who is currently in need of a lifesaving surgery. Cute as they come, Pablo fractured two bones in his leg, and it’s put a stop to all the fun he should be having as a young pup! Click the link to help fund Pablo’s care and share his story with your friends
Take Me Home - Episode 128 Exploring the Role of an Open-Admission Shelter in a No-Kill Community Plus Meet the One and Only, Elroy!
Angela Marcus interviews Susan Russell, Executive Director for the Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia. Being an open-admission shelter, ACCT Philly doesn’t have it easy. With thousands of animals entering their facility each year, Susan and her team face hard decisions every day. But this doesn’t discourage them – they see opportunity. Learn about what it really means to be a “no-kill” community and how Susan and her team are tackling this challenge with positivity.
Meet Elroy, the 4-year-old “purebred Philly dog” who loves sleeping, snoring and is even into playing fetch from time to time. He likes cats a little too much, so he’s a part of ACCT Philly’s “One and Only” promotion – meaning he would do best in a home with no other pets. P.S. He’s also a fan of the “Walter the Farting Dog” books and would love to spend story time with you!
Take Me Home - Episode 127 How Austin Pets Alive! Helped the City of Austin, TX Achieve their ‘No-Kill’ Status and Why you Need to Attend Their Upcoming Conference
PLUS: Meet Olympia, a Special Gal Looking for a New Home!
Angela Marcus interviews Kasey Chayeb, Marketing Manager for Austin Pets Alive! and her colleague, Jamey Burgett, American Pets Alive!'s Senior Coordinator for Conference Marketing and Sponsor Acquisition. Kasey shares some of APA!’s secrets for turning Austin, TX into the country’s largest No-Kill community. Learn about APA!’s targeted programs for at-risk animals, educational internship opportunities and how their model can be replicated to help animals across the country. Tune in to hear more about the good work this organization is doing, as well as learn about their upcoming conference that will help more shelters follow in Austin’s footsteps.
Take Me Home - Episode 126 Giving Pets And People A ‘New Leash On Life’ Plus Meet Donna, A Graduate Of This Lifesaving Prison Dog Program
Angela Marcus interviews her longtime friend and former colleague, Rob Rosa. Rob is the Associate Vice President of Prison Programs for New Leash on Life, one of the country’s most unique prison-dog training programs. Their program is dedicated to improving the life of inmates and saving the lives of dogs. By pairing these two unlikely groups, they are saving the lives of at-risk shelter dogs by training prison inmates to care for them and socialize them to enhance their adoptability.
Inmates attend workshops on life skills and job readiness, and many receive opportunities for paid internships in the animal care field when they are paroled. Rob also shares his personal story - one that led him to devote his life to improving the lives of these often-overlooked pets and people. Tune in to hear all about this lifesaving program and “meet” Donna, one of the programs recent graduates who is now looking for a home.
Inspiring but also a sober reality
Angela has an easygoing nature and you can tell how much she adores animals. She relates well with her guests and has a great rapport with them. From unruly pet behavior to economic euthanasia, nothing seems to be off topic. Highly recommended for all pet owners and animal lovers.