VZ 201: 5 Reasons to Adopt Your Next Pet (Plus Helpful Adoption Tips)

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Six days after the passing of our beloved dog, Molly, we decided to get some “puppy therapy” at a local shelter. We thought it would make us feel better. It did, and we ended up bringing home the new light of our lives, our retriever mix, Cosmo Kramer. We like to say that we rescued […]

3 Amazing Places to Sponsor a Turkey This Holiday Season

Sponsor a turkey…wait, what? As vegetarians, we say…phooey on the Thanksgiving tradition of a turkey on a table, surrounded by delicious sides and pumpkin pie. While we’ll keep the delicious sides and pie, we would much rather see turkeys running, playing, and snuggling (yes, snuggling!) with humans. Every year, animal sanctuaries rescue as many turkeys as they […]

VZ 173: Health Benefits of Pet Ownership

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  In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast we talk about one of our favorite subjects…pets! Specifically, did you know that owning a pet (or even just interacting with animals) can have positive effects on your health? Not to mention the good it does for them.   Thanks for tuning in to this episode […]

VZ 157: Whole Food Snacks for Pets

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In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast we’ll be talking about some healthy, whole foods you can feed your pups and kitties. Not all fruits and veggies are safe for animals, so we’ll be sharing both the safe and unsafe ones, plus some tips for introducing your pet to plant-based snacks.   Thanks for […]

VZ 120: Happy World Animal Day!

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  Happy World Animal Day!!! This episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast is dedicated to animals everywhere! In it we share lots of information about World Animal Day: what it is, how it got started, and ways YOU can get involved. Thanks for tuning in to this episode of the Vegetarian Zen Podcast! If you […]

VZ 117: Making a Difference with Vegetarianism

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  In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast we discuss a topic that was suggested by a listener. She wondered if some people who became vegetarian or vegan for reasons pertaining to animal welfare suffer from depression because they feel that they are not making a difference with vegetarianism. We address some reasons for these feelings […]

VZ 092: Animal Sanctuaries — Making the World a Safer Place for Animals

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In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen Podcast we talk about some animal sanctuaries that are doing amazing work to help animals in need.  We delve a little into the mission of each group, talk about their outreach programs, and share some fun facts. Thanks for tuning in to this episode of the Vegetarian Zen Podcast! […]

VZ 073: You Can Feed Your Pet a Vegetarian Diet…But Should You?

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You may want to feed your pet a vegetarian diet (or vegan, even) for a variety of reasons: Ethics — owners who abstain from eating animal products for reasons related to the cruel conditions on factory farms may not want animals to be eaten, even by other animals Pet health — “logic” would dictate that […]

VZ 066: 5 Byproducts of Busy Bees

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This episode of the podcast is all about bees! You’ll find out why honey isn’t considered vegan, and learn about the five main bee products: honey, bee pollen, propolis, royal jelly, and beeswax. We’ll discuss the purported benefits of each, plus the risks.  We’ll also share a few places you can find cruelty-free bee products. […]

VZ 064: Cruelty Free 101 – An Animal-Lover’s Guide to Finding Products Not Tested on Animals

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Using live animals in experiments is not a modern concept.  The ancient Greeks practiced vivisection, the dissection of live animals, in order to understand how living organisms functioned.  Historically, animals have been used to test treatments before applying to humans, and this practice continues to this day.  This cruel, unnecessary practice. In this episode of […]