Animal Instinct



Do you love animals? Celia Kutcher does and she wants to spread that love around. Animal Instinct is all about animal welfare and education, brought to you in a fun and educational setting. Every Monday, Celia interviews a different animal expert from subjects ranging from cruelty-free fashion to helping endangered wildlife species. Her show covers it all. Animal Instinct is about helping animals through a better understanding of them and how they interact with us.


  • Episode 151: A Chat with Denise Herman

    11/12/2017 Duración: 37min

    On the season finale of Animal Instinct, Celia is joined by Denise Herman, founder and head trainer of The Empire of the Dog. Celia and Denise talk about high-tech pet toys and recap Celia's favorite Animal Instinct moments as Celia prepares to take a brief break from the show. Be sure to keep in touch and send in topic suggestions, questions, and messages!

  • Episode 150: Paradise 4 Paws

    21/11/2017 Duración: 34min

    On this week's episode of Animal Instinct, Celia is joined by Jen Leemis, Vice President of Marketing at Paradise 4 Paws, a premier resort for cats and dogs located in Chicago, Denver, and Dallas. Jen talks about creating a safe and comfortable space for pets, featuring crate-free boarding and making everything to ensure pets are happy and healthy. Animal Instinct is powered by Simplecast

  • Episode 149: Pet Holiday Extravaganza

    07/11/2017 Duración: 45min

    Ada Nieves is back in the studio! On this week's episode of Animal Instinct Celia talks to Ada about the holiday pet show at Radio City & many more holiday events in the tri-state area! Animal Instinct is powered by Simplecast

  • Episode 148: Animal Rights Activism

    30/10/2017 Duración: 34min

    This week on Animal Instinct, Celia is joined by Miriam Chisholm, one of the founders of New York Farm Animal Save (NYFAS), an all-volunteer group whose mission is to promote the benefits of a vegan, compassionate lifestyle. NYFAS seeks to educate the public through bearing witness, community outreach and education where the main issues are human health, environmental well-being, and the suffering of “food” animals, such as chickens. Animal Instinct is powered by Simplecast

  • Episode 147: The Wildlife Conservation Film Festival

    23/10/2017 Duración: 34min

    On this week's episode of Animal Instinct, Celia is joined by Christopher Gervais, founder and CEO of The Wildlife Conservation Film Festival. An award winning producer, Christopher founded the WCFF in 2010 using his life savings to get the organization off the ground and has maintained the operations since then. He is a philanthropic supporter of conservation organizations across the globe. Animal Instinct is powered by Simplecast

  • Episode 146: All About the Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade

    16/10/2017 Duración: 48min

    On this week's episode of Animal Instinct, Celia is joined in studio by Garrett Rosso, the creator of the annual Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade. In addition to his work as a dog trainer, Garrett was one of the founders of Friends of First Run -- the first official dog park in New York City. When not working with dogs, Garrett is an accomplished art director for TIME Magazine. As an animal advocate, he has appeared on ABC, CBS & NBC News, WPIX, Animal Planet and The Today Show. His writing on animal behavior and dog parks appear in "The Bark" magazine. Garrett is the owner and training director of Village Dogworks. Animal Instinct is powered by Simplecast

  • Episode 145: Manatees and Hurricanes, an Update After This Hurricane Season

    09/10/2017 Duración: 33min

    What do manatees do during dangerous storms? Jenna Golden fills us in on what they do and how they did with the storms that have hit so far. We talk about climate change and its effects on the oceans and sealife. For more information visit: Animal Instinct is powered by Simplecast

  • Episode 144: The Deep Sea and Cephalopods with Michael Vecchione

    02/10/2017 Duración: 43min

    On this week's episode of Animal Instinct, Celia is joined by Michael Vecchione. Michael went to sea as a cabin boy on a three-masted schooner at the age of 16. He has been working on the biology, evolution, and life history of cephalopods (squids, octopods, and their relatives) since 1976. As a NOAA employee at National Museum of Natural History, Vecchione is Curator of Cephalopods and a Curator of the Sant Ocean Hall. He has participated in 40 offshore research expeditions, 13 of them as Chief Scientist, studying deep-sea biology. Animal Instinct is powered by Simplecast

  • Episode 143: October Events for Pet Lovers in the Tri-state Area

    25/09/2017 Duración: 43min

    This week on Animal Instinct, host Celia Kutcher is joined in the studio by Ada Nieves, a certified pet fashion designer by The Fashion Institute and Technology of NYC. Ada is also co-chair and creative director for the New York Pet Fashion Show, a standing member of the Pet Fashion Professionals Association, and an animal talent manager and pet stylist who has been featured on a number of TV programs. Animal Instinct is powered by Simplecast

  • Episode 142: Canned Hunting Ranches in the US Operating Without Valid Licenses

    18/09/2017 Duración: 27min

    On this week's episode of Animal Instinct, Celia is joined by Tony Eliseuson of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s mission is to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. ALDF accomplishes this mission by filing high-impact lawsuits to protect animals from harm, providing free legal assistance and training to prosecutors to assure that animal abusers are punished for their crimes, supporting tough animal protection legislation and fighting legislation harmful to animals, and providing resources and opportunities to law students and professionals to advance the emerging field of animal law. Animal Instinct is powered by Simplecast

  • Episode 141: Elephants in Japan

    11/09/2017 Duración: 48min

    On this week's episode of Animal Instinct, Celia is joined by Ulara Nakagawa and Dr. Keith Lindsay of Elephants in Japan. In 2015, the story of a solitary, elderly Japanese elephant named Hanako went viral. Dubbed “the loneliest elephant in the world,” Hanako lived and died alone in a concrete jail within a Japanese zoo, having spent the vast majority of her life without a mate and without basic amenities like heating or shade. Now Ulara Nakagawa, the same person that brought to light the story of Hanako, has created an organization called Elephants in Japan. The organization is working with Dr. Keith Lindsay, a biologist best known for his long-term study of elephants, to research and develop a report that reveals the dire conditions of 14 additional solitary elephants in public and private zoos across Japan. Elephants in Japan is a humanitarian wildlife group dedicated to providing a better life for extremely lonely, socially-deprived elephants before they suffer the same fate as Hanako. Time is of the es

  • Episode 140: The Sanctuary for Animals

    07/08/2017 Duración: 34min

    On the season finale of Animal Instinct, guest host Ada Nieves is joined in the studio by Todd Evans of Dawn Animal Agency and The Sanctuary for Animals, a non-profit charity that cares for old, abandoned, and abused animals on their large and scenic farm in Westtown, located in rural Orange County, New York. Animal Instinct is powered by Simplecast

  • Episode 139: Let Your Bark Create & Cat Fashion Show

    31/07/2017 Duración: 25min

    This week on Animal Instinct, host Celia Kutcher is on vacation, but filling in is special guest host, Ada Nieves! Joining Ada are Cristal Rojas of Let Your Bark Create Photography, and Mina Miyoko of Matilda's Annual Celebration & Cat Fashion Show! Animal Instinct is powered by Simplecast.

  • Episode 138: Dealing with Phobias and Anxiety in Dogs

    24/07/2017 Duración: 40min

    Denise Herman is the owner and lead trainer at Empire of the Dog in NYC. Empire of the Dog was founded in 2000. Denise has written for The Bark magazine, Modern Dog, and The Nest, and has been profiled in Dog Fancy magazine. She also apprentices and trains dog trainers through the Dog Training Internship Academy, and is on the advisory board for AFAR NYC, an organization that runs local pet programs including programs to provide support of pets of military veterans. She just started fostering a rat to train, named Splinter.

  • Episode 137: Karrie Hovey - An Artist's view

    17/07/2017 Duración: 46min

    On this week's episode of Animal Instinct, Celia is joined by sculptor, installation artist, and painter Karrie Hovey. Karrie grew up in the Northeast Kingdom, a rural area in northern Vermont. There she developed an appreciation of the natural world and a respect for the environment. This is also where she learned many of the hand-craft and construction techniques that are present in her current installations and paintings. On today's show she talks about some of her installations and how animals inspire her to create her work.

  • Episode 136: Kedi

    10/07/2017 Duración: 52min

    This week on Animal Instinct, host Celia Kutcher is joined by Ceyda Torun, the director and producer of Kedi, a new documentary film about the hundreds of thousands of Turkish cats that roam the metropolis of Istanbul. Far from being mere strays, these cats live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame, and have become an essential part of the communities that make the city of Istanbul so rich.

  • Episode 135: Plastic Oceans

    26/06/2017 Duración: 40min

    We talk with Julie Andersen about Plastic Oceans, her non-profit that helps to save the oceans by educating people about plastic and helping to get organizations to band together to save the oceans and the planet.

  • Episode 134: Companions for Courage

    19/06/2017 Duración: 44min

    On this week's episode of Animal Instinct, Celia is joined by Joanne Rittenhouse of Companions for Courage, an organization that brings therapy dogs into the courtroom to help kids deal with stress during trials. Joanne got involved in rescue work 25 years ago after a few years of witnessing abuse and neglect. She is an educator and advocate for adopting deaf and blind dogs.

  • Episode 133: Resurrecting the Shark, with Susan Ewing

    12/06/2017 Duración: 41min

    On this week's episode of Animal Instinct, Celia is joined by Susan Ewing. Nature and animals have played a key role in Susan’s work and in her life. She has been writing about natural history and the outdoors since the early 1990s, and has written books on the nature of Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, and the Rocky Mountains. Her greatest joys and comforts have come from a string of very good dogs and the birds, frogs, foxes, and other animals she is lucky enough to encounter on her hikes and walks in the Montana mountains where she lives. She is the author of six books, most recently Resurrecting the Shark, and her articles, essays, and short stories have appeared in Salon, The Pacific Standard, Cowboys & Indians, Montana Quarterly, Big Sky Journal, and numerous other publications and anthologies.

  • Episode 132: Animal Communication with Maribeth Decker of Sacred Grove

    05/06/2017 Duración: 44min

    This week on Animal Instinct, host Celia Kutcher is joined by Maribeth Decker, an intuitive animal communicator, and owner and founder of Sacred Grove. Maribeth uses her abilities to address animals’ issues that interfere with people being able to enjoy their animals.

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