An Inspiring Podcast Addressing the Mistreatment of Animals in a Unique Way

by | May 13, 2022 | Heartivist Of The Week

Angela found a bird in a garbage can while throwing out the trash, it was drenched in food oil and unable to fly. The young girl, who was only six or seven at the time, ran back inside her home wondering what to do. Her Mom who’d grown up on a farm told her daughter not to worry as they retrieved the bird, cleaned it and gave it time to rest before celebrating as it flew off. It was her first animal rescue but it wouldn’t be her last. For years, she’d show up at home with dogs, cats, birds – once, she even brought home a giant, white rat and had 32 mice. Despite moving across the country multiple times and living in over 30 states, Angela always brought her animals along, nurturing each one with the compassion she’d learned from her parents. Today, Angela uses her heart and creativity to shine the light on the mistreatment of animals and teach others how to care for them in a fun, character-filled podcast named, The Kit Bull Story. It is the story of Kit, a rescued pit bull with a unique ability, who goes to live with Rose, the owner of a doggie daycare called, Wild in the City.

Years ago, Angela wrote a story about a dog that inspired her and the mistreatment of animals she’d seen on her many travels. Though she hoped to bring awareness and an end to the mistreatment, she feared it might be too graphic for children, so she put the story away. Then, in March 2020, Angela became very ill with Covid-19. As she recovered, she felt such gratitude to be alive that she decided to bring her dream to life and revisited the story. This time, she imagined creating a short, animated film but the cost was too steep. It was when she stumbled upon podcasts that everything came together.

With a voice acting background and a large amount of research, Angela began building The Kit Bull Story podcast. Though every step presented a new learning curve, her desire to help animals was the fire that kept her going. In looking to fund her venture, Angela discovered The Pollination Project.

“I liked the idea of The Pollination Project. I’m vegan and all for animals, so it was perfect. When I got the grant, I was floored, totally floored because I didn’t expect to get anything. I was so excited. I simply could not believe it,” Angela said, with a warm smile on her face.

An ad in Backstage, a NY publication that features calls for auditions, brought in 200 responses and as she worked to assemble the cast, she faced yet another challenge. As a member of The Screen Actors Guild or SAG,  she needed to complete an insurmountable amount of paperwork and learn all there was to learn about assembling a cast and setting up rehearsals. Once again, her love of animals was the driving force and before she knew it, she had a podcast editor and cast that was ready to bring her fantastic characters, like Scat the Cat, Chiquito, Maximilian, Mr. Overdone and more, to life.

Kit, the main character, and Rose, Kit’s owner, end up educating and helping dogs, humans and the public. Thirteen voice actors from around the U.S. bring the characters to life with grace and humor while telling stories that address the maltreatment of animals in a way that’s engaging and leaves a lasting impression.

Many of the episodes are based on Angela’s real-life experiences with animal rescues as well as her everyday observations of people and their pets. In fact, The Kit Bull Story Street Chats – a new segment born from the podcast –  has been an inspired way for Angela to maintain connection with people and their animals in New York City. Strolling through parks or down the street, Angela will often come upon a person walking their dog – or cat – and invite them to do a 30-second interview that she then posts on her social media channels. Recently, she asked a gentleman who had a choke collar on his dog, how he felt about choke collars overall and she asked a woman to share her opinion about people who simply release pets onto the street when  they no longer wish to care for them. The interviews are brief but, much like the podcast, they are insightful and inspire deeper thinking about what animals face.

As Angela prepares for Season Three of the podcast, the hope is that people will learn from and share the stories they hear in an effort to alleviate the mistreatment of animals and create a more compassionate world. The podcast is presented on www.thekitbullstory.com and on all the major podcast platforms such as Apple Podcast, Spotify, Tunein, Podchaser and others.

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Academic professionals Carla Forte Maiolino Molento and Rodrigo Morais-da-Silva founded Cell Ag Brazil at the end of 2023 with support received from The Pollination Project. The objective of the newly created association is to reflect, contribute, and promote the development of cellular agriculture in Brazil through proactive promotion and unifying actions among different audiences interested in the development, production, and commercialization of food through cell cultivation processes. 
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With a seed grant, they founded the organization and designed a logo that represents their mission. They are now inviting people and organizations to participate in the association so that it gains greater relevance. 
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Their members will be distributed across three chambers: 1) academia, 2) private sector, and 3) third sector and civil society. With this, they aim for diverse representation and to create a positive movement to act in different areas to promote and accelerate alternative proteins in Brazil and Latin America.
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Billions of animals involved in food production in Brazil will be impacted in the medium to long term from this work. Data from IBGE (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics) indicates that approximately 6.1 billion chickens, 56.5 million pigs, and 30 million cattle were slaughtered in Brazil in 2022. 
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With this association, Carla and Rodrigo may help reduce the number of non-human individuals involved in food production as they help to speed up the replacement process with alternative proteins.
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In this World Day of Social Justice we celebrate the transformative impact of The Pollination Project and our dedication to seeding the essential change our world needs. Since its inception, The Pollination Project has been at the forefront of empowering grassroots initiatives, providing the crucial support needed for small-scale projects to blossom into powerful agents of social change.

Our unique model of micro-granting has enabled a diverse array of projects across the globe, touching upon various facets of social justice including environmental sustainability, poverty alleviation, gender equality, and human rights. From providing clean water solutions in remote villages to empowering women through education and entrepreneurship, we always believed in the power of individual action to create a collective impact.

Each project funded is a testament to our faith in the inherent goodness and potential of every person to contribute meaningfully to the betterment of society. These initiatives not only address immediate community needs but also foster a culture of empathy, equity, and inclusiveness - essential pillars for achieving true social justice.

On this World Day of Social Justice, let's draw inspiration from the myriad projects The Pollination Project has nurtured. Their work reminds us that each small seed of kindness and action can indeed grow into a mighty force for good, paving the way for a more just and compassionate world.