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This Week In Conversation: At Home With Your Pets During The Pandemic

Louisville Metro Animal Services

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.

Rick Howlett was midday host and the host of LPM's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." He was with LPM from 2001-2023 and held many different titles, including Morning Edition host, Assignment Editor and Interim News Director. He died in August 2023. Read a remembrance of Rick here.