We know that our supporters are just a little bit obsessed with animals. That’s why we are incredibly excited to announce RSPCA Victoria is launching a podcast celebrating all creatures great and small.

On Creature Tales, you’ll hear from a range of animal experts who are leaders in their fields. These include one of only a handful of vet behaviourists in Australia talking about pet PTSD and anxiety, how RSPCA Victoria helped animals during the bushfires, how a fashion icon is using his brand to promote animal welfare and MUCH more. There’ll also be plenty of handy tips along the way for pet owners to make sure their pet is the happiest and healthiest it can be.

The podcast is hosted by RSPCA Victoria’s Alexandra Keefe. With a background in television journalism, Alex loves quizzing the experts and bringing stories to life.

Episode One: Pets, PTSD and Animal Behaviour

Dr Gabrielle Carter is one of only THREE vet behaviourists in Australia. Vet behaviourists are experts in pet psychology. They help us understand what our pet is thinking or feeling. Dr Gabrielle works with pet owners to help identify anxiety, PTSD and stress in animals. She then helps treat and cure that animal.

You’ll also hear from animal behaviourists, Roxy and Nikki, who work with shelter animals to prepare them for their fur-ever homes. A lot of animals come from difficult backgrounds and then find themselves adjusting to their new routine in the shelter. That’s why animal behavourists can truly turn a dog’s life around by preparing them for the real world.

Episode Two: Peter Alexander using fashion for change

Pyjama king, Peter Alexander, just happens to be one of RSPCA’s amazing ambassadors. Peter has a deep love for animals, especially dogs, and has helped raise more than $1 million for the organisation.

Hear about Peter’s fundraising work, how he gives his dogs the most luxurious life ever, and how you can support animal welfare simply by buying a cute pair of PJs.

Episode Three: Tiny creatures with big personalities

This episode is all about the tiniest fur-babies at RSPCA Victoria – rabbits and guinea pigs.

Did you know that RSPCA Victoria helps rehome hundreds of these little creatures every year? It’s often because people don’t realise what a time commitment they can be. In fact, owning a rabbit or guinea pig is just as demanding as owning a cat or a dog. BUT. It’s well worth it, we promise.

Featuring RSPCA Victoria barn team leader, Jessica Collins, we’re chatting about what makes these tiny animals such great pets, busting misconceptions about them, and how you can form the strongest bond possible with your rabbit or guinea pig.

Episode Four: Pets, plastic and the planet

Have you ever looked at a leash or collar and wondered what it was made from?

When vet and entrepreneur, Dr Stephanie Stubbe, realised that almost all items in the pet care industry were made from plastic, she knew she had to act.

Tune in to hear about Australia’s growing waste problem, how pet owners can help, and how a childhood spent by Albury’s Wonga Wetlands inspired Steph to start her own sustainable pet-products.

Episode Five: Bonus Episode – Degrees of Separation

Separation Anxiety in pets is no joke. And, for many pet owners how have headed back to the office post-lockdown, it’s a real concern. In this bonus episode, vet behaviourist, Dr Gabrielle Carter, tells us how to identify and treat separation anxiety in pets.

Episode Six: Meet an RSPCA Victoria Inspector

RSPCA Inspectors are on the front line when it comes to preventing animal cruelty. Responding to various reports of animal cruelty across the state each day, they are the ones that frequently rescue animals from horrendous situations and bring them to safety. But, there’s more to the job than just seizing animals.

Senior Inspector, Steve Cook, takes us through a day on the job, what the challenges are, and what keeps him coming back each day.

Episode Seven: The Secret Life of Ducks

Did you know ducks can be carnivorous? Or that they put on wacky mating displays? Or that some shed their feathers and become almost flightless until they grow back?

Australia has 17 species of native duck. Sadly, these species are in decline and their wetlands are also in danger.

In this episode, Birdlife Australia’s Chris Purnell talks us through the fascinating and complex lives of ducks, and how we can help protect these precious birds.

Episode Eight: It’s All In The Eyes

It’s all about the eyes in this episode. Featuring Dr Melissa Meehan, we discuss pet eye health, why it’s so important, and how to look out for warning signs of eye disease in animals. We also hear about some of the most exotic eyes on the planet.

Subscribe and listen via your preferred platform below…

Creature Tales is available anywhere you subscribe to podcasts. Think Apple Podcasts, iHeart Radio, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn and more.

This is the first season of Creature Tales, so we’re sure we’ll learn plenty along the way. We hope you enjoy listening and we can’t wait to share our stories with you.