The Best Friends Podcast Episode 38
Podcasting is more popular today than ever before, giving listeners their choice of more than 1.5 million podcasts. While there are plenty of shows to feed your true crime habit, there aren’t too many podcasts that focus on saving the lives of shelter pets. One of the best and longest-running is The Community Cats Podcast, hosted by Stacy LeBaron.
Much more than a podcast, the mission is “to provide education, information, and dialogue that will create a supportive environment, empowering people to help cats in their community.” She hosts several virtual conferences, and the podcast helps fund a grant and mentoring program that has helped more than 50 organizations spay/neuter community cats.
This week we talked to Stacy to learn how she’s using the podcast as a way to reach cat lovers and arm them with the tools they need to effectively manage the community cat population in their neighborhoods.
RESOURCES FROM THIS EPISODE
- The Community Cats Podcast
- The Community Cats Podcast Virtual Conferences
- The Community Cats Podcast Facebook Page
- Professionals in Animal Rescue Podcast
- The Alliance Podcast, Humane Rescue Alliance
- The Denver Post Denver election results for 2J: Voters repeal city’s pit bull ban
Stacy LeBaron has been involved in animal welfare for over 20 years. She currently hosts a weekly podcast called the Community Cats Podcast where she interviews nationally and internationally renowned experts helping with the problem of cat overpopulation and cat welfare.
Previous to starting the podcast, Stacy served for 16 years as president of the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society (MRFRS). Under her leadership, the MRFRS assisted over 105,000 cats and kittens through a variety of innovative programs. Among the MRFRS’s programs are two mobile spay/neuter clinics, known as the Catmobiles, and an adoption center in Salisbury, MA.
An expert in her field, Stacy is a current member of the Shelter Medicine Committee at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, an adviser to the Massachusetts Animal Coalition (MAC), Vice President of the Board for PAWSitive Pantry in Vermont, and committee member for HubCats Chelsea. She is a past board member of MAC and the New England Federation of Humane Societies. She serves as the current administrative trustee for the LeBaron Foundation. Stacy also facilitates two smaller coalitions in Massachusetts, the Boston Homeless Cats group and Merrimack Valley Partnership.
Stacy graduated from Vassar College. She now lives in Vermont with her husband, son, daughter, and one cat.