We talk with veterinary behaviorist Meghan Herron, editor of Decoding your cat: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Cat Behaviors And Reveal How To Prevent Or Change Unwanted Ones. It’s out from the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists.

Then, let’s not forget the puppies! We re-air our 2017 interview with dog rescuer and rehabilitator Amy Sutherland about dogs in shelters, getting them adopted and keeping them out of shelters to begin with. Her book is Rescuing Penny Jane: One Shelter Volunteer, Countless Dogs, and the Quest to Find Them All Homes.

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Meghan Herron
Dogs have owners; cats have staff—right? Wrong. Cats love us just as much as dogs do. We love our kitties, too, but we often don’t understand them. And when they don’t get their social and emotional needs met, they get stressed.

Luckily the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists has come out with the book, Decoding Your Cat, so cat parents can unscramble the signals of cat behaviors and prevent or change unwanted ones.

Several different cat behaviorists wrote the chapters and Dr. Meghan Herron was the editor. She’s a professor at the College Of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State University.

Amy Sutherland

The pandemic has seen a huge rise in pet ownership. As on Washington Post headline put it in August: Shelters, rescues and breeders report increased demand as Americans try to fill voids with canine companions.

So we thought this would be a good time to replay an abbreviated version of our 2017 interview with shelter volunteer and author Amy Sutherland talking about her book, Rescuing Penny Jane: One Shelter Volunteer, Countless Dogs, and the Quest to Find Them All Homes. Click here for more information.

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About Francesca Rheannon

Francesca Rheannon is an award-winning independent radio producer. In addition to hosting Writer's Voice, she's a freelance reporter for National Public Radio and its affiliates. Recipient of the prestigious Nancy Dickerson Whitehead Award for reporting on substance abuse issues for her news series, VOICES OF HIV, produced for 88.5 WFCR public radio in western Massachusetts. She is also finishing a book on Provence (PROVINCE OF THE HEART) and working on a memoir of her father, THE ARGONAUTS.