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The Animal That Changed You is a touching and funny podcast that explores how extraordinary people have been changed by extraordinary animals. In this weekly show, Katya (writer, animal advocate, and Life Coach for Dog People) and Jenny (founder and president of Better Together Dog Rescue) discuss taking action to help animals. This is a community for anyone who seeks to connect through a shared love of animals, who need not be hardcore, and who prefers to laugh while they cry. Listen to bri ...
 
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Buckle up, friends. Today’s episode is a bumpy ride. Jenny and Katya get deep discussing the trip Jenny took with her board member Megan to Cleveland, Texas. What they witnessed there was upsetting to say the least. Stray dogs. Suffering animals. People in need. We want to take this opportunity to share the experience and talk it out with you in te…
 
Welcome to season 2 of The Animal That Changed You! Today, Jenny and Katya are kicking things off with a chat. A chat about you. More specifically, we're talking about how you, a fellow animal lover, can get more involved in the animal welfare space. How you can take action. In this episode, we cover a wide range of ways big and small that you can …
 
Can you believe that season 1 of The Animal That Changed You is officially coming to a close? In today’s final episode, I’m taking you on a walk through memory lane as we recap our growth across 52 episodes! You guys, I couldn't have done this without you. I mean it. So I hope you'll join me in reminiscing on the many topics we've covered throughou…
 
I’m so excited to introduce you to my guest today! Kristen McGuiness is an animal lover, best-selling author, publisher, teacher, and the founder of Rise Writers. She is also my friend as well as someone I am lucky enough to collaborate and work with. In this convo, Kristen talks about the intuition she taps into whenever she's around animals. She …
 
Episode 50, you guys! And today's guest is truly a special one. Not only is she an incredibly remarkable woman, but she’s also going to be the new cohost of The Animal That Changed You season 2! Meet Jenny Franz, founder and president of Better Together Dog Rescue in Massachusetts. She is funny AF, my pal, a badass mom, and obsessed with my Pitbull…
 
Sharon Nuñez is the co-founder and president of Animal Equality - an international organization working with governments, companies, and society at large to end cruelty to animals. She joins the show today to have an incredibly important conversation about animal rights, about animal equality in the truest sense of those words, about what it means …
 
Fostering a dog is one of the most rewarding and magical experiences available. All we have to do is open our hearts and our homes. When you say yes to a foster dog, not only will you see the positive impact you make in their life, but you will also learn so much about yourself. About what you're capable of. About how good giving feels. You too wil…
 
I’m so excited to be joined by one of the most dedicated animal rights advocates I know, Prabhat Gautam. Prabhat is the founder of the Animal Advocacy Museum, he’s organized and coordinated hundreds of vegan and animal welfare events, and he’s also earned the nickname of "Vegan Godfather!" In today’s episode, Prabhat shares his wisdom on the import…
 
Okay, I won’t lie, this episode may be a tad … heavy. But it’s important, and there’s still some levity too, I promise! Today’s talk with fellow writer and my dear friend, Chris Dale, is an exercise in honesty and recovery. We don’t hold back as we both revisit some of the most difficult times in our lives. From struggling with addictions to how we…
 
Welcome back to another episode of The Animal That Changed You! I am so excited to have a chance to chat with my good friend Beth Bellanti. She is, simply put, a beautiful soul. You might wonder what Tito's Handmade Vodka has to do with pets. It might sound like kinda a stretch, but it's not. Beth works with Tito’s Handmade Vodka because the heart …
 
Hello friendas and friendos! Today I'm taking you on a field trip to the Austin Animal Center where I am lucky enough to volunteer. We’re peeling back the curtain on what it’s like to walk among all those kennels of homeless pets. Maybe you've never been to a shelter before, maybe you have adopted your dog from one but have never been back. Maybe t…
 
You guys know that my two heartbeats are animals and writing. So I'm super excited about today's conversation with none other than author Steven Rowley! This episode explores the overlap between animals and writing, particularly as it pertains to Steven’s incredible work. He shares about his career journey, offers advice for any authors out there w…
 
Nicole Patrick is a successful actress, a singer-songwriter, and an animal activist. She is also the founder of Chic Chien Chateau, a boutique non-profit, foster-based pet rescue located in NY and CT . She joins us today to share about her upbringing steeped in the arts and how it lead to loving animals. Hearing her describe how she awakened to the…
 
The founder of TrapKing Humane, an animal welfare non-profit organization helping community cats, is here with us today. Sterling "TrapKing" Davis is a truly impressive, authentic, and beautiful person who left his career in music to follow his heart and help animals. In this episode, Sterling shares his important work with us along with the touchi…
 
My husband Eric is back on the show today and we’re keeping things casual! Join us as we daydream and share our vision for the future. We discuss the types of animals I’d love to help and rescue, the type of space I wish to create, and the lifestyle I envision for our family, which he doesn't necessarily see but is kind enough to roll with! I ask E…
 
Why is there a negative connotation around being a crazy cat person? Why don't more people get involved in Trap-Neuter-Release within their local communities? How can we look at taking care of homeless animals as an addition in our lives? How can we bear uncomfortable, difficult conversations in order to save more lives? These are some of the many …
 
Jamie Wallace Grenier is an angel on this Earth. Big statement, still true! She has turned her land in Central Texas into a haven for animals and children who need connection, compassion, and unconditional love. She’s making a difference in her community by opening her gates at Safe In Austin and inviting in every human and animal who wants to be a…
 
Mark Gagliardi and Hal Lublin from We Got This are here! This dynamic duo of improv performers, actors, and fellow podcast hosts are among the funniest people I've ever talked to. Today we chat about everything animal - from the animals who scare them to the ones that changed their lives. We dive deep into why we chase special relationships with ou…
 
Surprise! The vets are taking over and they’re here to add a unique perspective to The Animal That Changed You. Dr. Scott and Dr. Mike from The Vets Unleashed are here to share stories all about the animals and patients that changed them. They take a walk down memory lane as Dr. Scott shares about the patient that changed him back when he was a bra…
 
We’re back with another solo episode. But today, I’m sharing 3 different stories of dangerous or dumb situations I put myself in because of animals. Although these stories are based on my own experiences, they are general safety tips to follow of what NOT to do! I share some really not smart stuff I did - like getting in a small enclosed space with…
 
Annie Grossman is the co-founder and host of The School for Dogs training center in New York City. She joins us today to share her journey from being a regular dog lover to becoming Manhattan’s go-to dog trainer and a podcaster about all things dog. We cover the importance of understanding the learning theory behind animal behavior and go over many…
 
Naomi Rotenberg, MA, KPA-CTP, FPPE, is a dog trainer and the owner behind Praiseworthy Pets. She's also the host of It's Training Cats & Dogs podcast and a double mom to two humans and a cat-dog pair! Naomi joins us today to share her wisdom on how she helps cats and dogs live together peacefully. She tells us about how she came to be a pet-mom to …
 
Sherri Franklin is the founder of Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. She was named a CNN Hero in 2016, which emphasizes the impact she’s had on the lives of senior animals and her community overall. She joins us today to talk about her mission to help aging animals. Sherri explains how Muttville began, why she ultimately decided to do something about the…
 
Zach Skow is the founder of Marley’s Mutts, an incredible dog rescue, and the founder of the Pawsitive Change program, which aims to create opportunities for incarcerated people and pets so that they can find their path home. Zach joins me today to have a heartfelt conversation about recovery, rehabilitation, and the importance of having chances. W…
 
Catherine Raven is the author of a beautiful book titled “Fox and I: An Uncommon Friendship”. She has a PhD in biology, holds degrees in zoology and botany, and is a former national park ranger. What I'm saying is she is super smart! Just listen to her talk about anthropomorphism, the six kingdoms of life, and where humans and animals fit together …
 
This episode is for anybody juggling the duties of being a parent to human children and fur children at the same time, for my double moms and double dads out there! If you're soon-to be a double parent or even a pet mom or dad who has nieces, nephews, or other kids in your life, then this is for you too. Because today's episode is all about instill…
 
Downtown Dog Rescue started over 20 years ago by Lori Weise, an animal lover, an advocate for justice, and a woman who wanted to provide a solution to the suffering she saw all around her. People starving, people who were homeless, people trying to do do right by their pets yet lacking in resources and support. Lori didn't set out to fix the whole …
 
Nicole Navarro is here with us today to talk about rescuing foxes! How cool is that! As the president and founder of Pawsitive Beginnings, a nonprofit organization that saves foxes from fur farms, she shares her story about the animals that changed her and what being around foxes is truly like. From how she secured funding to get her organization s…
 
I’m so honored to have none other than Sophie Gamand on the show. Sophie is an animal advocate, artist, and award-winning photographer. You might know her from her stunning, powerful Pit Bull Flower Power series or her Wet Dog series. She does her work pro bono for non-profits, rescues, and shelters to communicate the idea of dogs having agency and…
 
This episode of The Animal That Changed You is not only closest to my heart, but it was the hardest to record. My husband Eric sat down to interview me about my sweet Ophelia. There comes a time when every pet parent has to say goodbye. And today, Eric and I take a walk down memory lane as we honor Ophelia. From how she came into my life, to the le…
 
We’re joined by Non Wels - a supreme empath, feely human, and all-around special soul. Non and I have an honest and important conversation about the importance of setting boundaries as empaths, how the love and special bond with our pets grounds us, and the unique ways that animals can help us in our journeys. You’ll hear Non talk about his very sp…
 
We’re doing things a little differently in this episode. Instead of hearing from one of our amazing guests, you’re going to hear from yours truly. Specifically, you’re in for a treat as I share some zany stories from our greatest hits fosters. From stories of our first foster who flew all the way from Taiwan, two tiny ragamuffin terriers, Shiloh - …
 
I’m incredibly happy to be chatting with the queen of podcasting herself, Alison Rosen. Alison isn’t just a fellow animal lover and dog mom, but she’s also the host of Alison Rosen is Your New Best Friend, and the co-host of Childish. We talk about Alison’s dogs, Oliver and Wendy, in this episode. Alison also tells us about her childhood, why she f…
 
You may know Casey Rose Wilson as a hilarious actress and comedian, but she’s also an animal lover. She’s here today to talk about beagles, senior dogs, beta fish, and what it means o love an animal. From stories of our childhood pets to what it means to raise pet smart children, Casey shares the good, bad, and the ugly of interacting with and cari…
 
Sarah Maslin Nir is here today to talk to us about the powerful relationship between horses and humans. From her compulsion to seek justice, to the beautiful safety she explains that prey animals need, to her honesty about horses being her refuge, Sarah's obsession is a gift. She shares what horses mean to her and how they bring people together; sh…
 
Are you basically listening to two long-time friends gab about all things dog in this episode? Yes, you are. But you'll also hear personal stories, an homage to horses, and the gratitude we feel for the animals who've stuck with us through thick and thin. Laura London is a highly-qualified, certified dog trainer who is unafraid to shed light on why…
 
This is where it's at. James and Jennifer Evans are here to talk to us about elevating BIPOC voices in animal welfare and bringing in people from all walks of life. By challenging assumptions and suspending judgments, we can better stay true to honest narratives instead of getting caught up in the stories we tell ourselves about other people. Becau…
 
Michaela Watkins is our guest today and it's a gift to hear her share about her queen cat Izzy, her dopey cat Joe, cuddly Jeff the Dog, and Wuzzabear, the pup supermodel, all who have changed her life. This episode contains stories about lovers, liars, and narcissistic assholes, but it also delves into the pure love only animals can offer and what …
 
Matt McConkey and Michael Grassi are the pet adoption dream couple. In this episode, you’ll hear one of the best gotcha stories about a dignified senior dog who became the cornerstone for a love story. A beautiful soul whose head smelled like oatmeal cookies inspired communication between two people and united them as family, but she also brought t…
 
Our Thanksgiving week episode is with the cohosts of Our Hen House, here to tell us about Calhoun, the special dog who changed Mariann, and Rudy the rescue chicken with prosthetic feet who changed Jasmin. These two incredible activists delve into the overlap between animal rights and antiracism, why we don't have to try to change our families, and …
 
OMG! Can I Pet Your Dog's cohosts are with us today! Renee Colvert and Alexis B. Preston are here to discuss the threat of authenticity, horoscopes up and down, and the amazing gotcha stories of their dogs', Tugboat, Cricket and Crumb. Listen to these remarkable women share about Molly and Nikki, the childhood pups who came first, and why it can be…
 
Michael Beran is here to have a nuanced conversation about his animal rescue service. From his days growing up in the swamps of Louisiana to his show on Animal Planet & Discovery+, Beran never uses gloves to deal with a removal even though he'll likely get bit. This is because of his reverence for animals, a commitment to letting them feel him as h…
 
Travis Brorsen joins us this week to talk about all things dog. From growing up on a farm to the pain of losing a pig he loved to winning the Greatest American Dog Trainer reality TV show, Travis shares how he learned not only how to live with dogs, but also how to open up and feel because of them. It’s because of his willingness to admit the thing…
 
Henry Mance wrote a beautiful book. And it's an important one because it's an honest account of a journalist trying to find out the truth. In this week's episode, Henry and Katya talk about journalism, our natural tendency to care about animals, creating a world his daughters can enjoy, and writing. Tune in and hear a guest who cares deeply for wil…
 
Rebecca Corry is not afraid to speak her mind and put her heart on the line. In this week's episode, she joins us to do both as she talks about her beloved Angel, a most noble, gentle soul wrapped in a Pittie body, who brought Rebecca to her purpose. Now this funny lady is the founder and president of her incredible nonprofit and a fierce advocate …
 
It's not easy being a multi-hyphenate, unless you are Deanna Cheng who kicks ass as an actress, writer, director, and business owner. But it's her role as Dog Mom that has changed her the most, a hard-won title she never anticipated. It took a pandemic. It took overcoming her fear of dogs and making peace with a bite history. And she did it! And sh…
 
If you want to hear how a Puerto Rican street dog got to live his best life, listen to this week's episode with the adventurous spirit that is Henry Friedman. We talk about how every foster pet teaches us something, about the power of soul dogs, and about how traveling with his best boy, Finn, changed his experience of van dwelling. Henry recounts …
 
You may never think of cat ladies in the same way again after this week's episode. Our guest, Laura Lux, is an influencer, an entrepreneur, and a badass kitty mama. As we talk about the joys of fostering and the awe we feel for those who do TNR, Laura shares how taking in kittens gives her meaning and how she found the gift out of a crappy situatio…
 
Few people walk the walk like today's guest and do it with such authenticity, regardless of who likes it or not. Gavin Polone is a film and TV producer and director, a magazine writer, and a talent manager, but above of all he is a voice for animals. In this episode, he opens up about Chiquita, the neighborhood cat who changed him when he was just …
 
Magical Unicorns do exist, thanks to A Purposeful Rescue. This nonprofit, committed to saving dogs from high-kill shelters in Los Angeles, takes in the most overlooked pets like seniors and intense medical cases. In this episode, CEO and founder Hillary Rosen talks to us about the first time she visited an animal shelter, the bruja powers that give…
 
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