Animal House w/Deborah Roberts

Animal House w/Deborah Roberts

Love animals? Then Animal House is for you! We cover all things animal and pet-related, with experts, interviews and lots of fun.


November 30, 2023 15 mins
Alan Harris, Director of Seminole County Animal Services, joins us to invite everyone to their inaugural Paws & Claus, an adoption event featuring various rescue groups, pet vendors, food trucks, animal demonstrations, and more. Paws & Claus will take place Saturday, December 2nd, 2023, at Greenwood Lakes Park in Lake Mary, Florida, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Learn more at or call (407) 665-5201.
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Kathy Burns and Sally Edmonds join us from the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando to talk about how to make sure your home is safe for your pets during the holidays. To learn more, or to find your fur-ever friend, go to or call (407) 351-7722.
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November 9, 2023 11 mins
November is Manatee Awareness Month so Kimberleigh Dinkins, a Senior Conservation Associate with Save the Manatee Club, gives us an update on the status of Florida’s famous sea cows. She shares how leaking septic tanks lead to algae blooms and what we can do to help them recover, including adopting a manatee for the holidays. Learn more at or call 1-800-432-5646 | (407) 539-0990.
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November 3, 2023 15 mins
Krystal Perez-Morales and Jamie Ling are both Zoo Teachers at the Central Florida Zoo and brought along a black-breasted leaf turtle, which is native to China and Vietnam. These turtles have 3 ridges running down the back of their jagged shell, making them look like a leaf. This adaptation allows them to blend in with leaves on the forest floor, which is their preferred habitat. Krystal and Jamie also announce the return of the Asi...
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October 26, 2023 31 mins
It’s time once again for Darryl Payne from Pawfection Dog Training to join us and answer listeners’ questions about their dogs behavior, and the interesting reasons behind some of it. In this episode, he covers everything from dogs who pee at the door when company comes over, to a dog who won’t go at all until they get home -and inside. Darryl also announces the opening of their brand-new second facility in Oviedo, Florida. To get ...
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October 19, 2023 15 mins
Dr. Brian Martin is a veterinarian at the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando and joins us to talk about a very important topic, pet obesity, and its impacts on their health and wellbeing. Dr. Martin shares his advice on the types of food to feed your pets and what to avoid. To make an appointment with Dr. Martin, or to see the animals available for adoption, go to or call (407) 351-7722.
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October 12, 2023 12 mins
Christin Burford from the C.A.R.E. Foundation introduces us to Spike, a Bearded Dragon, Fergie, a Ball Python, and Gilly, a 3-year-old Alligator, all of whom will be available to see at their Wildlife Celebration, Saturday and Sunday, November 4th and 5th, 2023. Christin talks about just some of the over 200 animals that live at their sanctuary, and the costs associated with that, like the high cost of monkey biscuits, and why even...
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Krystal Perez-Morales, an Education Specialist, and Taylor Nelson, a Team Lead Zoo Teacher, join us from the Central Florida Zoo and bring along Dillo, the armadillo. They talk about how armadillos are a great source of natural pest control and other unique features, including their mating habits. Krystal also shares information about upcoming events, like Zoo Boo Bash in October. Get your tickets and more at www.CentralFloridaZoo....
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September 28, 2023 30 mins
Darryl Payne from Pawfection Dog Training joins us to once again tackle listeners’ questions about their dogs behavior. This time, he covers sudden aggressiveness in a group of dogs, to a pup so nervous she won’t go outside, and everything in between. Book your training appointment at or call (407) 456-1066.
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September 21, 2023 12 mins
Dr. Brian Martin is a veterinarian at the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando and joins us to help kick-off National Dog Week, which is celebrated every year from September 20-27. Dr. Martin shares all the different services they provide at the clinic, along with which types of dogs are the most challenging to work with, and more. Find your next four-legged Forever Friend at or call (407) 351-7722.
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September 14, 2023 14 mins
Angie Klein and Ciji Swanton joins us from the Humane Society of Lake County, our benefiting organization for our inaugural Suds, Pups & Pints event on September 16, 2023, in Mount Dora. They also brought along Brandy, a sweet one and a-half year old dog, and Marilyn, a tiny 8-week-old kitten, and both are available for adoption. Angie shares how the money raised at Suds, Pups & Pints will help them make needed repairs to their fac...
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September 7, 2023 15 mins
Jifu Jennings, an Education Specialist at the Central Florida Zoo, and Krystal Perez-Morales, a Zoo Teacher, introduce an Asian Forest Scorpion named ‘The Prince.’ They share fascinating facts about scorpions, including how they glow under a black light. Jifu also talks about all the different events the Zoo is hosting, including Sunset at the Zoo, Zoo Boo Bash, and the return of the Asian Lantern Festival. Plan your next visit at ...
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August 31, 2023 14 mins
Debbie Helsel, Executive Director of the Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge, joins us via Zoom because of Hurricane Idalia, while hand-feeding a bunch of baby squirrels. Because of the weather, Debbie shares what folks should do if they find a baby squirrel, and why they are not meant to be pets. Learn more about the important work Debbie and her team do at or call (407) 568-5138.
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August 17, 2023 13 mins
Kathy Burns from the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando brings along Laxy, a 6-month-old puppy who just had surgery to remove a hind leg. Despite this setback, she’s recovering well and is almost ready for adoption. Kathy also reminds folks that resources are available to help them keep their pets, from food to low-cost vet care, and where to find them. See the dogs and cats available in real-time at or call...
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August 10, 2023 11 mins
Lori Matrantoni is the heart and soul behind A Forever Home Animal Rescue in Tavares, Florida, and after seven years in their current location, they have just been told they need to vacate by the end of December. Lori is hoping the community can come through with a new place to rent or buy, or donate to their GoFundMe account. Find that link and more, including puppies and dogs available for adoption, at www.aforeverhomeanimalrescu...
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August 3, 2023 13 mins
Jifu Jennings, Education Specialist with the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, brings along Reptar, a blue-tongued skink to help celebrate World Lizard Day on August 14th. We ask her how the extreme heat affects their animals, as well as their summer camp programs, and Jifu shares the secret of hidden fans and AC. She also reminds everyone that Sunset at the Zoo continues on August 25th, 2023, featuring live music, cultural ...
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July 27, 2023 34 mins
Darryl and Pennie Payne from Pawfection Dog Training join us once again and kick things off with big laughs about their recent vacation. Then, Darryl answers listeners’ questions about their dogs’ behavior, including how a metal food bowl can affect how your pup behaves, to what to do to calm them down during stormy weather. Book your training session at or call (407) 456-1066.
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July 19, 2023 15 mins
Kathy Burns, Sally Edmonds, and ‘Poppet,’ a 3-month-old female puppy from the Cayman Islands, join us to talk about their partnerships with rescues throughout the Caribbean, and elsewhere, to address the issue of pet over-population. We also discuss the benefits of fostering, and how the Pet Alliance helps with the costs associated with that. Sally even shares what it means to be a “foster fail” and the joy that brings! Finally, we...
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July 14, 2023 14 mins
Cora Berchem, Director of Multimedia and a Manatee Research Associate for Save the Manatee Club, joins us to talk about glitter-filled flotation devices that break easily, spilling glitter into area springs and rivers, and the danger they pose to the environment. So much so, they are now banned at Blue Spring State Park, which is a popular summer swimming destination. Cora also discusses how important it is for those enjoying the w...
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July 6, 2023 29 mins
Dr. Brian Martin, from the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, joins us to talk about pet safety during both the Atlantic Hurricane season, as well as the extreme heat. Dr. Martin shares what signs to look for when your dog or cat becomes stressed by the heat, and what to do to counteract that. He also shares which breeds should, and, more importantly, should NOT cool off in a pool. Finally, Dr. Martin also shares some important tips ...
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