In the pandemic, families are taking on all kinds of unexpected roles. Here's another one: zookeeper.

When the New York City schools closed in March, my son's teacher, Mary Pfeifer, sent an email to parents, asking who would be willing to invite the classroom pets into their homes — for the duration.

The response was immediate. "It's a very giving community" says Pfeifer, who teaches pre-K through second grade science at PS 58 in Brooklyn.

Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control

Cabin fever. Anxiety after layoffs. Social Isolation. As people seek companionship under Florida’s stay-at-home order, it has led to a record-breaking uptick in pet fostering and adoption.

For the first time in its history, which stretches five decades, one of three kennels at Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control’s shelter in West Palm Beach is completely empty.

The U.S. Department of Transportation is considering tightening the rules for taking service animals on planes after increased customer complaints and lobbying from the airlines who think current regulations are too lenient.

Floridians with exotic animals, both legal and illegal, are being offered pet "amnesty," to turn in animals for which they can no longer care.

Bill Would Require Most Pets To Be Kept Out Of Restaurants

Oct 1, 2019

Most four-legged patrons of pet-friendly restaurants would have to remain outside, under a bill proposed this week by state Rep. Bruce Antone, D-Orlando.

People who leave pets restrained outside and unattended during natural or manmade disasters would face up to a year in jail or a fine of up to $5,000, under a measure approved Monday by the Senate Agriculture Committee.

With guest host Jane Clayson.

What it’s like to be a dog. We talk with animal neuroscientist Gregory Berns.

Hurricane preparedness goes beyond boarding windows and stocking up on water. Should an evacuation be necessary, many South Florida residents have not only themselves, but their furry friends to worry about as well.

Cat-scratch disease, as the name suggests, is spread by cats. It has long been considered a mild illness, but a study finds that people are getting more serious complications, which can be fatal.

"The scope and impact of the disease is a little bit larger than we thought," says Dr. Christina Nelson, a medical epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and lead author on the study. It's the first large-scale evaluation of the illness in the United States in over 15 years.

Jamie Katz “Pet Detective”

Jun 14, 2016

Pet Care Call-In Program - January 2016 Edition

Jan 12, 2016

01/12/16 - Tuesday’s Topical Currents is “At Your Service,” about . . . pets. 

Paul Leary

09/29/15 - Tuesday’s Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition about . . .  pet care.

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Haulover Beach is known as a place to abandon clothing while having fun in the sun but the nude beach is now extending its welcome to dogs.

The beach is expanding the visiting options for canines from three days a week to seven, an exciting prospect for Pepper and her owner Kelly Newman.


Pet Care Call In Program - November 2014 Edition

Nov 18, 2014

11/18/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is our popular “At Your Service” edition, with veterinarian Dr. Ian Kupkee of the Sabal Chase Animal Clinic in Kendall. He takes questions about your favorite friends and companions. Also on hand is canine behavior specialist Edel Miedes of K-9 Advisors.  He says he'll give dog advice . . .  for humans.

10/20/14 - Do you view your pet as a full-fledged family member?