This Week In Conversation: At Home With Your Pets During The Pandemic Thursday, Apr 30 2020 

For many people left largely homebound by the coronavirus, pets have been a source of comfort and companionship.  More people are adopting or fostering pets as they shelter at home.

How are pets adapting to having more time with their human caretakers?  How will they react when their guardians return to the workplace?  Is this a good time to add a dog, cat or other pet to your household?

Friday on WFPL’s In Conversation, our guests will address those and other pet-related topics, including the risk of coronavirus with animals and precautions that should be taken.

Plus, we’ll preview Saturday’s virtual Kentucky Derby.  The coronavirus pandemic forced the postponement of the 146th Kentucky Derby until September 5.  The virtual Derby will be a computer-simulated race featuring the 13 Triple Crown winners.  Fans can choose their favorite horse online and, along with Churchill Downs, make a donation to COVID-19 emergency relief.

Our guests are:

  • Kat Rooks, Kentucky Initiatives Director, Kentucky Humane Society
  • Shelby Shulz, Pet Resource Manager, Kentucky Humane Society
  • Lisa Keehner, Secretary/Treasurer, Greater Louisville Veterinary Medical Association
  • Darren Rogers, Senior Director, Communications and Media Services, Churchill Downs

Listen to In Conversation live on 89.3 WFPL Friday at 11 a.m. or follow along with our live tweets at @WFPLnews. Call with your questions or comments at 502-814-TALK or tweet us with the hashtag #WFPLconversation. We’re also on Facebook.

Follow our ongoing coverage about the coronavirus through our live blog here.

Three tricks every person working from home with a dog should know Sunday, Mar 29 2020 

The barking, begging and bathroom breaks, WHAS11 has some tricks to help the pups cooperate so that we can concentrate.


ELSB helps students adopt their four-legged study buddy Friday, Oct 4 2019 

By Cassidy Craig — 

The University of Louisville’s Engage Lead Serve Board (ELSB) hosted an informative tabling event on animal colleagues in college on Sept. 26.

The event brought in numerous organizations that offered various resources ranging from learning about the adoption process from Fat Heads Rescue to university classes offered about the loyal companions by Professor Dave Simpson.

While there are many benefits of having a furry friend in college, there are also responsibilities that come with pets to consider.

When it comes to adopting, time is a major thing to consider, according to Catie Hofmeister, the ELSB animal welfare director.

Every student has a different and likely busy schedule, so students must be ready for the time commitment with heavy consideration of their personal schedule.

This makes having any pet like a dog or a cat very difficult to have while living in the dorms.

But when one is able to adopt, there are many benefits.

“The constant companionship. There have been so many times where I needed love and support, and I wished that I had my family with me, but my dog has sort of taken their place,” said Molly Holt, a second-year education major.

In addition, just petting a dog can lower blood pressure and help alleviate depression, according to a study done by the University of South Carolina.

Louisville has many organizations to aide in the adoption process like Fat Heads Rescue, Animal House Adoption Center and Louisville Metro Animal Services.

Graphic by Alexis Simon / The Louisville Cardinal 

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