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 110: The Dark Tradition Behind Spain's Hunting Dogs

    10/10/2016 Duración: 45min

    Today on Animal Instinct, we're joined by documentary filmmaker Yeray Lopez Portillo, who's working on a film about hunting dog culture in Spain. Yo Galgo tells the story of the galgo, a greyhound breed treated like goods rather than creatures. Used for hunting down hare, a strong hunting dog has a short shelf life, such that thousands are abandoned or killed at the end of each hunting season. Yeray tells us about his journey sharing the plight of the galgo on camera.

  • Episode 109: October Pet Events with Ada Nieves

    03/10/2016 Duración: 44min

    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. Also joining is Jennifer-Jo Moyer, troop leader for Tune in to hear them talk about all the fun events in October for New York pets and their families!

  • Episode 108: All about anesthesiology and pain management for your pets

    26/09/2016 Duración: 30min

    Today on Animal Instinct, we speak with Elizabeth M. Goudie-DeAngelis, an animal anesthesiologist trained in putting under creatures ranging from cats, dogs, boas, turtles, tigers and eels!

  • Episode 107: In Santa Cruz, A Program Bringing Dogs Into The Hospice

    19/09/2016 Duración: 35min

    Forbes Ellis works in a hospice in Santa Cruz, California, where he's been working to bring dogs into a palliative care program at the facility. We'll be talking about the comfort brought by canines, even as we humans face our final moments.

  • Episode 106: Carbon Emissions and the Oceans

    12/09/2016 Duración: 42min

    Today on Animal Instinct, we're joined by oceans expert Matthias Elliot to talk all about global warming's "ugly step-sister:" ocean acidification. Man-made carbon emissions affect the pH level of the planet's oceans; listen in to learn all about what that does to their ecology and wildlife.

  • Episode 105: Canine Kraut, Or Fermented Foods For Dogs

    15/08/2016 Duración: 28min

    Today on Animal Instinct, we talk to nutritionist Cynthia Farris about introducing fermented foods in your dog's diet. The reputed benefits of probiotics might not stop at helping the human gut, but could extend to canines, too.

  • Episode 104: Hemp-Derived Munchies, For Pets!

    25/07/2016 Duración: 29min

    Today on Animal Instinct, Dana Humphrey joins us in the studio to tell us all about cannabidiol and how it can help your pet with chronic pain. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a hemp derivative – not a cannabis derivative – so it won't give your cat or dog the munchies.

  • Episode 103: Seer Farms, Helping Keep Pets And Their Families Together

    18/07/2016 Duración: 26min

    Today on Animal Instinct, we have both an excellent guest host and an excellent guest! Julia Szabo is sitting in for Celia Kutcher, and she's joined by Laura Pople, the founder of a non-profit organization that helps people keep their pets in times of crisis. New Jersey's Seer Farms helps shelter “foreclosure pets” and other animals attached to families going through tough times.

  • Episode 102: eZOO, The Company Bringing An IMAX Feel To Zoos

    11/07/2016 Duración: 25min

    We're placing a call to Spain on today's episode of Animal Instinct, to speak with Jose Antonio Fernandez Flores. eZOO seeks to bring an IMAX-like experience to zoos, giving them the opportunity to replace captive animals with big-screen visuals and augmented reality.

  • Episode 101: Cookie the Squirrel

    27/06/2016 Duración: 34min

    Cookie is an Eastern Gray Squirrel who was found at one day old. She required months of close attention and care to pull through after being abandoned in a storm. She now lives in Florida with her chihuahua, horse, cat, and human. That human is Gil Webb, the Florida resident who rescued Cookie, and our guest this week on Animal Instinct.

  • Episode 100: Vegan Pet Accessories With Ann Greenberg

    20/06/2016 Duración: 30min

    For episode 100 (!) of Animal Instict, Ann Greenberg joins us in the studio to tell us all about her line of fashionable vegan products for pets. They're not snacks; they're cute backpacks (for your dog to carry) and fashionable purses (for you to carry your dog!).

  • Episode 99: All About The Manatee

    13/06/2016 Duración: 42min

    Dr. Katie Tripp of the nonprofit Save the Manatee Club joins us to discuss the plight of the creature, a sea mammal living alongside the Atlantic coast of the Americas and beyond. Not unlike its close relative, the elephant, the manatee today is endangered. Threats to the animal include hunting, habitat destruction, being hit by watercraft – on pace for records number this year – and getting caught in fishing nets.

  • Episode 98: Spreading The Word To Save The (Buffalo) Herd

    06/06/2016 Duración: 41min

    Mike Mease of the Buffalo Field Campaign joins us on the phone to talk about the American buffalo. Also known as the bison – and recently named the US's national mammal – the creature faces culling in the state of Montana.

  • Episode 97: Please Don't Bite The Baby: A Chat With Author Lisa J. Edwards About Her Book

    23/05/2016 Duración: 31min

    According to the CDC, 4.5 million dog bites happen each year in the United States. On the last day of National Dog Bite Prevention Week, certified professional dog trainer Lisa J. Edwards joins us in the studio to talk to us about her new book. Please Don't Bite The Baby (and Please Don't Chase the Dogs) tells the story of her approach to introducing new human members of the family to our furry friends.

  • Episode 96: "Because They Needed Me" – A Story of Baboons in South Africa and a Brave Woman Who Came to Their Aid

    16/05/2016 Duración: 35min

    This week on Animal Instinct, host Celia Kutcher speaks with Michael C. Blumenthal, a poet, lawyer, and educator who has also ventured into essays, memoirs, and fiction. His nonfiction works includes Because They Needed Me: The Incredible Life of Rita Miljo and Her Struggle to Save the Baboons of South Africa (2015), a book about a remarkable woman and how she came to play a significant role in baboon conservation in South Africa.

  • Episode 95: Saving the Dogs of Detroit... With An App?

    09/05/2016 Duración: 44min

    Adrienne Wisok is working on an app to help the dogs of Detroit and other cities. Many dogs in the Motor City live tethered outside to ward off burglars, as Wisok writes on her GoFundMe page. She's raising money to fund a free app that connects people with information on how to look out for their pets, including notifications for vaccine clinics and weather warnings for very hot or cold days. Up to 50,000 stray dogs roamed the streets and empty homes of Detroit, as Bloomberg reported in 2013, the year the city declared bankruptcy.

  • Episode 94: The Fledging Birders Institute

    02/05/2016 Duración: 40min

    This week on Animal Instinct, host Celia Kutcher is joined by Dave Magpiong of the Fledging Birders Institute. Over a decade ago, a single Gray Catbird changed the trajectory of Dave Magpiong's life - leading him on a mission to bring the joy and benefits of birdwatching to others. From writing for local outlets to leading walks, his first efforts focused on southern New Jersey but ultimately grew to impact people around the world. Dave has been involved in many bird outreach activities such as the Bird Education Network (BEN) Bulletin and Winter Bird Count for Kids. After founding the Fledging Birders Institute, he organized a series of Focus on Diversity: Changing the Face of American Birding Conferences, which were aimed at making birdwatching a more inclusive activity. He was also a co-founder of the Pledge to Fledge initiative which inspired new birders on every continent (but Antarctica!)

  • Episode 93: Monroe County Sheriff's Office Animal Farm

    25/04/2016 Duración: 31min

    On this week's Animal Instinct, host Celia Kutcher speaks with Jeanne Selander, who runs a petting zoo in the Florida Keys that is located on the grounds of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office Stock Island Detention Center. The Sheriff's Office Animal Farm features all sorts of animals, both the traditional farm animals like horses, chickens, pigs, goats and rabbits as well as exotic animals like a sloth, kinkajous, lemur, pythons, peacocks, tropical birds, alpacas, Patagonian cavies, alligators, sugar gliders, and African Spurred Tortoises. Many of the animals have come from abusive or neglectful homes, or have been donated by people who simply cannot care for them any longer. Farmer Selander oversees a crew of inmates from the detention center. The animals at the farm are cared for primarily by Detention Center inmates, who also benefit from the experience. They receive training in some aspects of animal husbandry, which they may be able to use once they are released from the facility. At the very least, th

  • Episode 92: Project Coyote – Independant Ivory-Billed Woodpecker Searches in Louisiana

    04/04/2016 Duración: 39min

    On this week's episode of Animal Instinct, host Celia Kutcher is joined in the studio by Mark Michaels, an author and relationship and sexuality educator. He and his wife Patricia Johnson have written five books, most recently Designer Relationships (Cleis Press, 2015). He has been interested in nature and especially birds since elementary school, when he was captivated by the legendary Ivory-billed Woodpecker. He has been actively searching for the bird in the southeast since 2007.

  • Episode 91: Project Thorn, Protecting Rhinos

    28/03/2016 Duración: 30min

    On this week's episode of Animal Instinct, host Celia Kutcher speaks with Karrie Hovey and Charles Merrill about their involvement with Project Thorn. Project Thorn is an organization formed to find and fund tangible projects to help protect rhinos in South Africa. Hornucopia is one of Project Thorn’s initiatives to fund an anti-poaching horse patrol in South Africa’s iMfolozi Wildlife Reserve. Karrie Hovey is a visual artist and activist. Her installations and artworks are inspired by the symbiotic relationship between the human landscape and the natural environment. She became involved with rhino conservation after her first trip to South Africa in 2012. Karrie's work can be viewed on Charles Merrill is a technologist, cyclist and wildlife advocate who lives in Northern California. He is a former professional sailor who has transited the mid-pacific multiple times since the 1980s seeing first hand the impact humans have on the ocean. Charles became involved with Project Thorn through his

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