Chicago Shelter Scene Now; Decoding Your Cat and Veterinary Professionals Against Puppy Mills


Emily Klehm, South Suburban Humane

Listen HERE to this week’s Steve Dale’s Pet World on WGN Radio show with Emily Klehm, CEO of South Suburban Humane Society describes not only what’s going on at her shelter but also talking about the overall Chicago shelter scene – and so far, so great. Adoptions and fosters remain way up. Klehm comments on why she thinks adoptions and fosters went way up as the pandemic hit. But will it stay that way? As the economy worsens, Klehm offers concerns that more pets may be relinquished.

Klehm suggests there was some fear that people would give up their animals to shelters fearing that people would worry that their pets may get COVID-19 and give them up for that reason – but that should never happen, and has not happened. However, if there is a person in the home with COVID-19 it’s a good idea to have another person take over for that pet’s care, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. 

Decoding Your Cat

Veterinary behaviorist Dr.Debra Horwitz was a co-editor of Decoding Your Dog, and now she’s done the same for Decoding Your Catwho was also authored by colleagues of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, and I was honored to author the Introduction to this book.

I talk HERE with Dr. Horwitz about how so many people who don’t like cats have never had one. They just don’t know what they don’t know.

Are cats sneaky, conniving or aloof as many suggest? We also talk about Dr. Horwitz Aunt Petunia.

Veterinary Professionals Against Puppy Mills

Dr. Jane Lohmar is a co-founder of Veterinary Professionals Against Puppy Mills, with her Chicago colleague Dr. Scott Rovner and myself. The idea is to support education regarding where to and where not to get dogs. Hear Dr. Lohmar explain why this is so important, and how all this has to do with puppy mills.

In fact, right now Chicago is about to close a loophole so dogs and cats and rabbits cannot be sold at pet stores.

Lohmar offers her own experiences at what it’s like to treat so many dogs (or cats or rabbits) sold at pet stores.  After all, dogs sold at pet stores are from puppy mills.