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During “Conversations For The Animals,” Houston PetSet Co-Presidents Tena Lundquist Faust and Tama Lundquist sit down with their guests to discuss critical issues and topics facing the animal welfare community.

Listeners of the program, streaming on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play and YouTube, can look forward to a slate of interviews with local, regional and national stakeholders in the animal welfare community and those who have dedicated their efforts to helping animals in need. Please rate, review and subscribe so you do not miss a future episode! 

EPISODE 16: PETE PAXTON, COMPANION ANIMAL PROTECTION SOCIETY LEAD INVESTIGATOR 

Pete Paxton is an undercover investigator for California-based Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS). Over the years he has investigated hundreds of puppy mills and pet shops. Evidence from his investigations has been used by CAPS to shut down atrocious animal breeders and create new laws that protect animals. Listen to this week’s episode of Conversations For The Animals to learn more about Pete’s lifesaving work.

EPISODE 15: GENEVIEVE FREDERICK, FOUNDER & PRESIDENT OF FEEDING PETS OF THE HOMELESS

When Genevieve Frederick was walking in New York City and saw a homeless man with his dog, she began wondering how many people and pets were experiencing homelessness together. As a result, Genevieve founded Feeding Pets of the Homeless, the first and one of the few national nonprofits providing pet food and emergency veterinary care to pets that belong to homeless individuals. Learn more about Feeding Pets of the Homeless at petsofthehomeless.org.

If you are a business owner or you are interested in becoming a Feeding Pets of the Homeless donation site, please click hereIf you or someone you know is experiencing homelessness and their pet is in need of assistance, please call 775-841-7463.

EPISODE 14: LISA WYSOCKI, CO-FOUNDER & DIRECTOR OF FIDO FIXERS

Did you know that two animals and their offspring can produce more than 2 million animals in eight short years?

In this episode of Conversations For The Animals, podcast hosts Tena Lundquist Faust and Tama Lundquist speak with Lisa Wysocki, the Co-Founder and Director of Fido Fixers, a not-for-profit corporation that provides no- or low-cost spay and neuter services for dogs and cats in economically distressed areas. Since partnering with Fido Fixers at the beginning of 2020, Houston PetSet has spayed/neutered more than 2,900 animals at no cost to their owners.

EPISODE 13: TOPHER BROPHY, EMPATHIST & DOG DAD ARTIST

Topher Brophy (@topherbrophy) is a New York-based Dog Dad artist who gained international attention due to the socially conscious and wildly imaginative photos of him and his son, Rosenberg The Dog (@rosenbergthedog), in elaborate matching outfits.

Before he became a father, Topher had been going through a difficult time. He realized his emotional void was caused by a desire to care for someone else, which is when he adopted Rosenberg, who, unknowingly, bore an uncanny physical resemblance to him.

On this episode of Conversations For The Animals, the dynamic duo join podcast hosts Tena Lundquist Faust and Tama Lundquist to discuss the meaningful connection between humans and animals.

EPISODE 12: COMMANDER RON BORZA, HOUSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT

Animal cruelty, abuse, neglect and abandonment are serious crimes that happen daily in the City of Houston.

On this episode of Conversations For The Animals, Houston Police Department’s Commander Ron Borza dives into the work that he and his one sergeant and six officers handle regularly. Monthly, Commander Borza and his team receive 50-80 animal cruelty reports, and his unit is also a part of the Harris County Animal Cruelty Taskforce.

To report an animal-related crime to Houston Police Department Major Offenders division please call 713-308-3100 or file a report online at 927paws.org.

EPISODE 11: GREAT DAY HOUSTON’S DEBORAH DUNCAN

When Great Day Houston‘s Deborah Duncan was starting her journalism career in Austin, she was asked to report on a local shelter that was euthanizing animals. After almost witnessing one of the dogs being put down, she learned that day that cities in our area have an enormous homeless animal crisis.

In this episode of Conversations For The Animals, hosts Tena Lundquist Faust and Tama Lundquist speak with Deborah about the roots of the issue of animal homelessness, her relationship with her own pets, and her role as emcee at the upcoming Fierce & Fabulous Soiree.

EPISODE 10: MATT BRYANT OF HOUSTON DOG RANCH

Some of life’s greatest lessons are learned from our family, friends, and social networks, and the same can be said for our dog companions.

In this episode of Conversations For The Animals, hosts Tena Lundquist Faust and Tama Lundquist speak with Houston Dog Ranch Founder Matt Bryant. Together they dive into Matt’s dog training method of alloparenting, in which he teaches canines how to better behave through the social family language method. 

EPISODE 9: XEE XIONG & RUDY GONZALEZ OF DROOLY DOG FOOD

Do you know what’s in your pet’s food?

On this episode of Conversations For The Animals, podcast hosts Tena Lundquist Faust and Tama Lundquist speak with Xee and Rudy, the co-founders of Drooly Dog Food. In this discussion, we learn why Rudy and Xee created their nutritious, human-grade pet food, how they established a business during the pandemic and their vision for the future of their brand #ForTheAnimals.

EPISODE 8: RANDY WALLACE OF FOX26 HOUSTON

To many in the animal welfare community, FOX 26 Houston‘s Randy Wallace is known as the broadcast voice for animals in need. In this episode of Conversations For The Animals, hosts Tena Lundquist Faust and Tama Lundquist speak with Randy about how he began reporting on issues affecting animals in Houston, how his stories have impacted the community and his unconditional love for dogs.

You can catch Randy reporting live on FOX Monday through Friday during the 9PM broadcast. If you’re interested in connecting with Randy on social media, be sure to follow his Facebook page here.

EPISODE 7: RANIA MANKARIOUS, CEO OF CRIME STOPPERS OF HOUSTON

Did you know that there are very strong correlations between animal abuse and crimes against humans? A 2001-2004 study by the Chicago Police Department found that of those arrested for animal crimes, 65% had been arrested for battery against another person.

With crime on the rise across Houston, podcast hosts Tena Lundquist Faust and Tama Lundquist sit down with Crime Stoppers of Houston’s CEO Rania Mankarious to discuss the topic further and address the important role animals play in our community. 

EPISODE 6: CLAIRE GOODMAN, SENIOR REPORTER WITH THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE

Claire Goodman is a Senior Reporter with the Houston Chronicle and she is also a dedicated Houston PetSet foster. In this episode, podcast hosts Tena Lundquist Faust and Tama Lundquist speak with Claire about her experience writing about animal welfare topics, the value of animals and how fostering has impacted her family, especially her young boys.

Read Claire’s stories and follow along with her adorable foster pets on her Instagram at @cegoodman10.

EPISODE 5: REVEREND GREG HAN, DIRECTOR OF INTERFAITH RELATIONS & EDUCATION AT INTERFAITH MINISTRIES FOR GREATER HOUSTON

On this episode of Conversations For The Animals, hosts Tena Lundquist Faust and Tama Lundquist speak with longtime partner and friend of the animals, Reverend Greg Han, Director of Interfaith Relations and Education at Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston.

In this 30-minute discussion, Reverend Han touches on the moral and ethical responsibility we have in caring for and respecting the companion animals in our community.

EPISODE 4: JOY SOUTHARD, DIRECTOR OF HEALING SPECIES TEXAS

In the Greater Houston area, rescue dogs are often survivors of abuse, neglect and cruelty. In her role as Director of Healing Species Texas, Joy Southard brings these resilient animals into local schools and youth detention centers to demonstrate lessons of compassion and courage. Through its programming, Healing Species Texas teaches kids a process from which to understand and overcome abuse, neglect, and grief, while also educating them about self-esteem, conflict resolution, anger management, respect for the feelings of others, and in gaining success through acts of compassion, and responsibility instead of returning “violence for violence.”

EPISODE 3: TORIANO SANZONE, MASTER DOG TRAINER FOR WOLFKEEPER UNIVERSITY

Drawing on his more than 20 years of experience as a Master Dog Trainer, Toriano Sanzone of Wolfkeeper University sits down with podcast hosts Tena Lundquist Faust and Tama Lundquist to discuss service dogs in America, the importance of elevating the status of animals in our society, and how critical dog training is in order to build a successful relationship with your pet.

EPISODE 2: JESSICA STARKSCHALL, DONOR RELATIONS OFFICER FOR INTERFAITH MINISTRIES OF GREATER HOUSTON

In the second episode of Conversations For The Animals, podcast hosts Tena Lundquist Faust and Tama Lundquist speak with Jessica Starkschall, Donor Relations Officer at Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, about how the organization’s Animeals program began, how their efforts help keep loving pet owners with their companion animals and how they’ve pivoted during the coronavirus pandemic.

EPISODE 1: MARK SOLANO, OUTREACH STRATEGIST

In the podcast’s premiere episode, Tena and Tama speak with Mark Solano, Senior Manager of Public Affairs at Outreach Strategists and friend of the animals, about how Conversations For The Animals came to be, the history of the animal homelessness crisis in Houston, and Texas legislation that will improve the quality of life of animals across the state.