Animals

Donna Ruff, Founder and CEO of Ruff Transport, with her beloved Zoey and the Ruff dedicated animal rescue transport van.
Ruff Transport

Kathy and Gary Turnipseed have a lot of heart and passion for the work they're doing. They are two-thirds of the staff at Ruff Transport—an all volunteer, 501(c)(3) organization that helps bridge the gap for animals needing a ride to rescue facilities, and either foster or forever homes. They call these transports Freedom Rides and recently, the pair joined WYSO's Jerry Kenney in the WYSO studios to talk about the work they’re doing. You'll also hear about a show drive taking place and learn how you can help.

Stu Nicholson, Columbus Ohio

The Ohio House has passed a bill to help pets who need emergency medical care. It’s rare that the House votes unanimously for anything, but lawmakers all agreed on this bill.  Its sponsor, Republican Representative Tim Ginter, says the legislation allows emergency medical personnel to provide treatment to animals.

 

“While there are clear guidelines regarding the treatment of humans, E.M.T’s are unsure as to whether they can provide basic stabilizing care to any animals at the scene.”

 

Jerry Kenney

The Montgomery County Animal Resource Center is using new technology to help stray pets find their way back to their families.

On any given day there can be as many as 200 cats and dogs housed at the Animal Resource Center (ARC), and more than 10,000 animals can come through their doors in a year. Director Mark Kumpf says the numbers of animals they're housing are low right now but that’s about to change.

Ryan Von Linden
New York Department of Environmental Conservation

Across the Midwest and eastern U.S., an estimated 6 million bats have died from a devastating scourge that first appeared nine years ago. And while there’s been a recent glimmer of hope in treating bats with White Nose Syndrome, researchers say it’s going to be hard to recover from the damage done to these flying mammals.

Human beings put a lot of stress on the natural world. Our environment is adversely impacted by the pollution that we create and the animal and plant species that we have pushed to the brink of extinction.

Fortunately there are still occasions to celebrate good news about our natural world. A new book, "The Death and Life of Monterey Bay: A Story of Revival," is the story of how a pristine wonder of nature, Monterey Bay, California, was practically ruined by over-fishing and pollution and how that degradation has slowly been reversed,

Julie Klam felt lost. She wasn't living the life that she wanted to live. Her job wasn't very exciting. The men she was dating were not that interesting. She felt at loose ends. Then one night she had the dream. It was a dream about Otto, a Boston terrier.

Klam's dream was the impetus for a search that led Klam to her dreamed of dog. They found one another. Klam's connection with Otto opened her heart to the potential of a happier existence.