Maria's Mutts & Stuff

Maria's Mutts & Stuff

Maria Milito is the voice of Q104.3 New York's middays and an advocate for animal rights. Now she's taking her passion for animals to on-demand audio and the iHeartRadio app! Remember to subcribe and, as always, #AdoptDontShop!


October 3, 2023 26 mins
Maria chats with Dr. Marty Goldstein, a pioneer in animal health and nutrition for many years! His new book The Spirit of Animal Healing: An Integrative Medicine Guide to a Higher State of Well-Being is discussed, among many topics!

Dr. Marty was also the subject of The Dog Doc documentary, discussed on the podcast from March 13, 2020!!
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Maria chats with Nat GEo Kids' Kathryn Williams about the-over-300-paged National Geographic Kids Weird But True! WORLD 2024.
Learn about the world's strangest ANIMALS, NATURAL WONDERS and more!!
This info-packed hardcover book will fascinate adults as well (I love it!)
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Maria chats with Shelter Animals Count (the National Database)'s Executive Director Stephanie Filer about the current crisis facing shelters across the country. Since 2012, they've been collecting and sharing data to help animals and communities. Shelters are still feeling the effects of the pandemic.
Give a listen and learn what YOU can do: Adopt, Foster, Volunteer, Donate.
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Maria chats with Nat Geo Kids editor Christina Sauer (who really really loves horses) about the Nat Geo Kids book Can't Get Enough Horse Stuff!
Yes it's aimed at kids but there's lots you can learn about horses, plus fun facts that you probably don't know! And take the quiz to see what horse breed matches your personality!
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August 25, 2023 14 mins
Learn all about the Purrfectly Clean Paws Ramp created by Kevin and Patti Weber.
It keeps cat litter and dust in the cat litter box and not tracked all over your house!
And it's only $28.99!
Give a listen and learn about its creation! And more at
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Award-winning photographer and author Aliza Eliazarov discusses how to take photos with your phone or camera that will help get shelter animals adopted! (Simple things like taking the pic outside!)
Aliza shares her tips in honor of INTERNATIONAL HOMELESS ANIMALS DAY which is tomorrow August 19th.

Aliza and her partner Edward Doty have a new book The Best Dog: Hilarious to Heartwarming Portraits of the Pups We Love coming out October...
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Maria chats with S4EGlobal President and Board Member Robyn Beasley. Originally Stews 4 Elephants, Robyn founded the organization with fellow flight attendants to raise awareness about the ethical treatment of animals, especially elephants. As their website states "If an animal doesn't do it in the wild, don't pay to see the animal do it in captivity."

Listen to the interview and learn how you can help (we all can!) at
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August 4, 2023 17 mins
Maria chats with frequent guest Dr.Amber Karwacki (from Heart+Paw) about essential travel tips
when you take your pet(s) along on your summer trips!
I learned something, hope you will as well so you have a safe and fun trip with your pet this summer!
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Maria chats with author Jennifer Ackerman about her latest book What An Owl Knows: The New Science of the World's Most Enigmatic Birds. Did you know that owls first appeared on Earth 56--65 MILLION years ago?? And an owl's ears are like a dog's nose?
Learn so much more about owls in this episode and in the book!
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July 17, 2023 37 mins
Maria chats with Isla Animals Rescue founder Alison Sawyer about the history, and recent eviction of Isla Animals shelter.

Since 2001, they've helped hundreds of thousands of animals in Mexico. And as Alison explains "Caring is global"!!!

To help Isla Animals build a new shelter:

Or their GoFundMe page:

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Maria chats with owner Danielle Mania about Udder Chaos Farm Sanctuary and how it came to be!
From a beef cattle farm, the sanctuary is now a home to animals in need.
Celebrating two years, she's looking forward to rescuing more animals, hosting events, educating, and providing a voice for the voiceless.

For more info and/or to donate:

(Their 2nd Annual (co-host event) Blueberry Festival is July 15th at Clement Farm i...
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Maria chats with author and rescue dog handler Scott Hammond about his book Finding Caleb: Search and Rescue Dog Series. Scott talks about how he and his dog Boo help find lost people, and gives tips on what to do if you find yourself lost. Finding Caleb is the first of a series (second and third books are already done!)
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Maria chats with Senior Editor Ariane Szu-Tu about the ALL NEW National Geographic Kids Almanac 2024. A great way to keep your kids (and you as well cuz I'm fascinated by these facts!) interested this summer. Lotsa fun animal facts, nature, science, games and a challenge too!
Pick up a copy at!
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Maria chats with Nat Geo explorer and photographer Carlton Ward Jr about his breath-taking and informative book PATH OF THE PANTHER. We get a glimpse into the life of the Florida panther and what's being done to save it.

PS The interview was done before the Stanley Cup Finals; the Florida Panthers are currently IN the Stanley Cup Finals!
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May 30, 2023 15 mins
Maria chats with Nat Geo Kids Editor Kathryn Williams about WEIRD BUT TRUE! SHARKS.
As they say "300 fin-nomenal facts to dive into" about sharks.
Did you know that unborn sharks can sense danger?! And sharks don't blink!
Learn about sharks in a fun way--give a listen!
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Maria chats with frequent guest veterinarian Dr Amber Karwacki from Heart+Paw.
With the warmer months ahead, Dr Karwacki talks about fun ways to exercise your dog; gradual exercise if your pet has been sedentary; and lots more!
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Maria chats with explorer, field biologist and conservationist DAN O'NEILL about GIANTS,
Curiosity Stream's original 5-part series premiering May 18th!

Dan travels from Africa to South America and Australia in search of giant species while hopefully
finding out their evolutionary secrets.

The 5-part series includes Elephants, Lions, Sharks, Anacondas and Saltwater Crocodiles!

GIANTS Premieres May 18th on Curiosity Stream.
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Maria chats with evolutionary biologist Jonathan B. Losos about his book "The Cats Meow"
Jonathan talks about how cats evolved and why they do the things they do!
It's a fun read and perfect if you're a cat lover or just want to learn more about cats!
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April 25, 2023 16 mins
It was just Earth Day (which should be EVERY day!) and Maria chats with Sandra Postel, Director of the independent Global Water Policy Project about our current water condition in the world and what we can all do to preserve and protect it!
This is all tied in to Nat Geo Kids book "Water!! Why Every Drop Counts and How You Can Start Making Waves To Protect It"!!
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Maria chats with with author and illustrator Brian Selznick about his latest book (a "big" book of 528 pages with about 300 illustrations!) "Big Tree', a story about two seedlings and their journey to save the world! The idea originally came from Steven Spielberg--Brian's book "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" was made into the movie Hugo by Martin Scorcese--hear how this book came to be and what lies ahead. Meryl Streep will narrate...
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