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.


June 8, 2023 16 mins
Senior Ambassador Animal Keeper Christina O’Donnell and Education Registrar Jifu Jennings from the Central Florida Zoo, bring along Roberta, a red-footed tortoise, a species from northern South America. Christina shares the differences between turtles and tortoises, while Jifu shows off Roberta’s target practice. They also talk about fun, upcoming events, including Night Hike At The Zoo and Sunset At The Zoo, and don’t forget Fathe...
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Christin Burford is the Founder and Director of the C.A.R.E. Foundation, an Exotic Animal Rescue and Wildlife Education Facility located in Apopka, Florida. To highlight the animals they care for, Christin brought along Ava, a black spider monkey, and Kahlua, a so-called ‘safe skunk,’ due to the scent glands being removed. She also talks about just some of the expenses they have, including the high cost of monkey biscuits, meat for...
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May 25, 2023 37 mins
Darryl Payne with Pawfection Dog Training introduces us to Jessica Garcia and her dog, Sol, a beautiful Golden Retriever mix who was rescued from China after being bred for meat. Despite her sad start in life, Sol is currently in training for their Therapy Program. Darryl also takes time to answer listeners’ questions, including a puppy that bites too much, and more. To see all they have to offer, go to
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May 18, 2023 15 mins
Kathy Burns and Sally Edmonds from the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando bring along Baby Rita, a 6-month-old French Bulldog puppy, to talk about Summer pet safety. Kathy shares how dogs with short noses, like Baby Rita, can overheat very quickly, and therefore don’t need as much exercise outside. She adds that if you see your dogs quickly lifting their paws when taking them for a walk, the surface is likely too hot. Find your next f...
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May 12, 2023 31 mins
Darryl Payne from Pawfection Dog Training brings in part of his crew from their Therapy Dog Training Program, and they truly run the gamut. At one end, we have Pam and her therapy dog, Echo, an Irish Wolfhound weighing in at 200 pounds, to Sally and therapy dog, Rocket, an American Bulldog who’s deaf. John and Trish round out the team, along with Sylvie, a Silver Labrador Retriever. As part of the Therapy program, they visit all ki...
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May 11, 2023 14 mins
Daisy Fiore, Senior Coordinator of Education at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey, brings along ‘Billy Owlish,’ an Eastern Screech-Owl, the smallest species of owl that lives in Florida. She shares how trimming trees right now can be detrimental during nesting season, and the different species of owls that live in our trees. Daisy also invites everyone to their Baby Owl Shower on Saturday, May 13th, 2023, to offset increased cos...
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April 20, 2023 12 mins
Today, we welcome first-time guest, Dr. Brian Martin, with the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, to talk about Heartworm Awareness Month, as well as to answer listeners’ questions. Dr. Martin even addresses the unofficial marijuana holiday on April 20th and the devastating effects it can have on your pets. To learn more about Dr. Martin or the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, go to or call (407) 351-7722.
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April 13, 2023 14 mins
Angie Klein and her assistant, Ciji, join us from the Humane Society of Lake County, along with Duke, the dog, and Gregory, the cat, who will both be available for adoption at their Fundraiser & Adoption Event this Sunday, April 16th, 2023, at the shelter. Then the following Saturday, April 22nd, 2023, is their Trivia Night, with proceeds supporting the Humane Society of Lake County’s important work. To see their Wish List and more...
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April 6, 2023 12 mins
Nathan Jordan, an Ambassador Animal Keeper, and Krystal Perez Morales, a Zoo Teacher, stop by from the Central Florida Zoo along with Bessie, a Kenyan sand boa. Nathan talks about what separates Bessie from other snake species, while Krystal gets the word out about their big fundraiser, Brews Around the Zoo, on Saturday, April 8th, 2023. Get your tickets and more at or call (407) 323-4450.
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March 30, 2023 15 mins
Cora Berchem, Director of Multimedia and a Manatee Research Associate with Save the Manatee Club, joins us for ‘Manatee Appreciation Day.’ She also gives us an update on the manatees’ survival rate, as well as some fascinating facts, like how far they travel and their top speed. Help support their important work at or call (407) 539-0990 or Toll-free at 1-800-432-5646.
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March 23, 2023 35 mins
It’s time once again for Darryl Payne of Pawfection Dog Training to join us to discuss their latest expansion plans and development, and to answer listeners’ questions. Some of the questions asked this time around include whether or not to use an invisible fence, or if you should medicate a dog that is terrified of fireworks. To learn about home training, group classes and more, go to or call (407) 456...
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March 16, 2023 12 mins
Miranda Nathanson and Susan Russell join us from the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, and bring along four beautiful kittens to talk about the start of ‘kitten season.’ Susan explains what kitten season means, and how the community can help cats both outside and in the shelter. To adopt and more, go to or call (407) 351-7722.
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March 9, 2023 15 mins
Daisy Fiore, Senior Education Coordinator for the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey, brings along Lance, an American Kestrel, the smallest and most common falcon in North America. She also talks about how they are preparing for the annual influx of baby birds, and what upcoming events they have to help support their work. To sign up for their summer camps and more, go to or call (407) 644-0190.
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March 2, 2023 15 mins
Christina O’Donnell, Senior Animal Ambassador Keeper, and Sarah Hall, an Education Specialist with the Central Florida Zoo, are our guests today, along with Almond, an Amazon milk frog, and Carla, a Cane toad. Sarah shares how the Amazon milk frog is also referred to as the blue milk frog because their blood and bones are blue. Christina talks about how the Cane toad was brought to Florida for pest control in the sugar cane fields,...
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February 23, 2023 32 mins
Darryl Payne from Pawfection Dog Training joins us once again to share both his knowledge, and how much their business has grown, with new locations and programs. Along with answering listeners’ questions, Darryl invites everyone to join their Group Training, as well as a new Therapy dog training course, starting Monday, February 27th, 2023. To sign up, or for more information, go to or call (407) 456-...
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February 16, 2023 11 mins
Kathy Burns from the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando once again joins us, this time on the road with a van full of dogs, including Offset, a young pup looking for a new home. Kathy shares how successful their Paws in the Park event was, with 15,000 people attending, raising close to $100,000. But she also talks about their need for dry dog and cat food donations for their community pantry, and how they’re preparing for the upcomin...
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February 9, 2023 15 mins
Dr. James Bogan brings with him Beauregard, a very large Eastern Indigo Snake from the Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation, the only captive breeding facility for this particular species. Dr. Bogan shares how this non-venomous snake loves to eat the venomous varieties, and is America’s longest snake, and now is only found in southern Georgia and Florida. To help support the critical work of the Orianne Center, which is operated ...
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February 2, 2023 15 mins
Jifu Jennings and Amanda Mossor from the Central Florida Zoo bring along PT Cruiser, a prehensile-tailed skink, also known as the Solomon Islands skink. Jifu shares some fascinating facts about PT, including that he’s the largest known species of skink, and has amazing adaptations for survival like scales that appear to shimmer. Amanda also invites everyone to the Indigo Bluegrass BBQ to benefit the Orianne Center for Indigo Conser...
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January 30, 2023 16 mins
Katie Warner, Center Director, and Daisy Fiore, Senior Education Coordinator at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey, introduce us to Sanford, an Eastern Screech Owl. Daisy talks about how at only 3 inches tall and about the weight of half a banana, Sanford is one of the smallest birds in their care, but also one of the oldest at 11 years. Katie invites everyone to vote for Sanford, who’s made it to the finals for the Superb Owl Co...
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January 12, 2023 14 mins
Susan Nastasi and Stormy, the miniature therapy horse, join us from SOUL Haven Ranch in Winter Garden, Florida. At only 27 inches tall and about 100 pounds, Stormy is the smallest of their five miniature horses, and Susan shares how he provides therapy to kids, the elderly, and even vets with PTSD. To meet Stormy and for more information, go to or call (407) 509-1981.
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