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11 Best Animal Podcasts – 2024 Reviews & Top Picks

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By Nicole Cosgrove

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Animal podcasts are great because they teach you things that you don’t know, and they entertain you at the same time. They also allow you to get a little bit of knowledge while you’re on the way to work, skimming over your morning brief, or drying the dishes after dinner.

The podcast space took substantially off after Covid-19 due to social distancing regulations and the general public’s desire to create and consume media. But what are the best animal podcasts out today?

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A Quick Glance at our Favorites in 2024

Rating Image Product Details
Winner
Dogs and the City Dogs and the City
  • Great for dog lovers
  • Celebrity guests
  • Available on Apple and Spotify
  • Second place
    The Purrrcast The Purrrcast
  • Great for cat lovers
  • Tons of 5-star reviews
  • Merchandise available
  • Third place
    Can I Pet Your Dog? Can I Pet Your Dog?
  • Celebrity interviews
  • Up-to-date dog news
  • Available on a wide range of streaming platforms
  • Species Species
  • Great for wildlife enthusiasts
  • Covers a wide range of animals
  • Purranormal Cativity Purranormal Cativity
  • Great for true crime enthusiasts
  • Features the hosts’ pet cats
  • The 11 Best Animal Podcasts

    1. Dogs and the City – Best Overall

    dogs and the city

    The best overall animal podcast in this year is Dogs and the City. Dogs and the City consists of hosts Jo Good, her dog Matildo, and a few acquaintances who share walks through London while discussing their lives, work, and pet parenting. She talks with celebrity dog owners as well as dog-friendly places in London.

    The podcast hosts share with listeners how big-city life can be twice as fun with a dog and the many ways that dog owners and dog lovers can bond. If you’re looking for something to play on your daily dog walks or if you consider yourself to be an Anglophile or dog-lover, tune in! The show is available on Apple Podcast and Spotify. However, if you don’t live in London, some of the information may not be relevant to you.

    Pros
    • Great for dog lovers
    • Celebrity guests
    • Available on Apple and Spotify
    Cons
    • London-centered, if you don’t live in London

    2. The Purrrcast

    The Purrrcast

    Talk about an interesting name. The Purrrcast is undoubtedly one of the most loved pet podcasts and has thousands of social media followers. It’s received 5-star reviews from Apple Podcasts and is always engaging and hilarious as hosts discuss daily cat-related happenings with funny stories and insightful opinions.

    So, whether you love cats or simply want a bit of humor in your day, you should definitely check it out. There is even Purrrcast merchandise available as well. The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, and more but not available on Spotify.

    Pros
    • Great for cat lovers
    • Tons of 5-star reviews
    • Merchandise available
    Cons
    • Not available on Spotify

    3. Can I Pet Your Dog?

    can i pet your dog

    In these funny and interesting podcasts, the hosts discuss their dogs and pets, clue listeners into any new dog news, and interview celebrities who have and adore dogs. Recent episodes feature suggestions for stay-at-home games listeners can play in their own dog’s company, as well as an interview with Tony Thaxton, musician and new dog dad who adopted a shelter puppy during COVID-19. It’s available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and more but doesn’t appear to be available on Amazon.

    Pros
    • Celebrity interviews
    • Up-to-date dog news
    • Available on a wide range of streaming platforms
    Cons
    • Not available on Amazon

    4. Species

    SPECIES 3

    This podcast is more of a show about animals in general, and it covers creatures that you probably wouldn’t share your apartment with. But it’s super interesting. The host, Macken Murphy, teaches listeners about a particular species of animal each week. He shares fun facts, interesting anecdotes, and easy-to-understand research. If you’re a fan of wildlife knowledge, this podcast is just for you. Listen on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

    Pros
    • Great for wildlife enthusiasts
    • Covers a wide range of animals
    Cons
    • Not specifically about pets

    5. Purranormal Cativity

    Purranormal Cativity

    In this show, Julia and Eva, two sisters and cat parents, sit down to talk about books, cats, a series of mystery novels, and everything else related to true crime. Although not entirely pet-focused, the show is full of familial banter, hilarious commentary, and calming purrs from their cats. It’s available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts and is great for anyone who loves cats, true crime stories, and cheesy romance novels.

    Pros
    • Great for true crime enthusiasts
    • Features the hosts’ pet cats
    Cons
    • The podcast is not solely pet-focused

    6. Catexplorer

    Catexplorer Podcast

    Catexplorer is about cats and nothing more. Hosted by Hasara and Daniel Lay (who are based in Australia), this podcast aims to teach cat parents how to safely take their cats outside. So, activities including biking, hiking, and sailing are all ways that these hosts (and listeners) help share their love for “catventures” with their listeners. So, if you’re looking for tips and tricks to get your furry friend out of the house, here’s a good place to start. It’s available on Apple Podcasts on Spotify, but not many other major streaming platforms.

    Pros
    • Great for cat lovers
    • Great for outdoor enthusiasts
    • Teaches you how safely go outside with your cats
    Cons
    • Not available on some streaming sites

    7. Zoo Logic

    Zoo Logic

    Zoo Logic is great for people who just love animals and learning about them. The hosts include Dr. Grey Strafford, an animal trainer and author, as well as other animal experts. The show discusses wildlife, nature, and pets. It also discusses animal training with positive reinforcement, conservation, and education. The show covers news stateside and overseas as well as issues affecting wildlife, wild places, and people. The show is full of humor, education, and candor. It’s available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

    Pros
    • Covers lots of animals
    • Hosted by animal experts
    • Covers animal news worldwide
    Cons
    • Not exclusively pet-centered

    8. Oh Behave!

    Oh Behave

    This podcast is both funny and educational. If you’re a dog and cat lover, it’s definitely for you. And if you are looking for ways to strengthen your relationship with your furry friend, you should definitely tune in for a listen. The host, Arden Moore, shares insights and advice that will help you understand why dogs and cats behave as they do. Sometimes, behavior problems can be caused by people misinterpreting the cues of their pets. The host walks you through her own interesting experiences with pets to help you do a bit of problem-solving on your own. It’s available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

    Pros
    • Funny and educational
    • Encourages DIY problem-solving
    • Covers behavior problems in dogs and cats
    Cons
    • Specific focus instead of general pet-focused

    9. Take Me Home

    take me home podocast

    Take Me Home is an animal and pet rescue podcast that discusses how adopting a homeless pet can be a great way to bring a pet into your home. The host of the podcast, Angela Marcus, speaks to guests about their favorite adoptable pets and the funny stories that come with them.

    They also cover vet stories, quirks, and personalities of these pets with listeners and encourage them to adopt a pet if they are looking to add a new furry member to their family. The show also covers each pet’s unique needs and provides educational information to their audience. It helps listeners deal with common problems like cats that constantly scratch furniture or dogs won’t refrain from jumping on strangers when you go for walks in the park. It’s available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon, Google, and more.

    Pros
    • Great if you’re looking to adopt
    • Available on a wide range of streaming platforms
    Cons
    • Mainly cat and dog focused

    10. Animals Today Radio

    animals today radio

    Animals Today has been going strong for about 12 years and doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. The podcast covers everything related to animals around the world, with a focus on their welfare. It’s a bit different from other animal programs that are solely focused on pets, as it explores a wider variety of issues and topics concerning all animals.

    The show’s hosts, the Spiegels, interview animal rescuers, lawyers, legislators, authors, and filmmakers around the world about the most recent animal issues and topics. Overall, you’ll find that the podcast is thought-provoking with interesting commentary. It’s available on Apple Podcasts.

    Pros
    • Focuses on animals worldwide
    • Emphasis on animal welfare
    • Thought-provoking
    Cons
    • Not available on Spotify

    11. Talkin’ Pets

    talkin pets

    Talkin’ Pets is one of the more popular podcasts on Apple Podcasts and has been on for close to 30 years. It’s even received awards from the ASPCA and has been recognized by the American Kennel Club. This podcast is lively, educational, and has fun conversations about pets.

    The show helps pet owners deal with behavioral and medical questions about all types of domestic animals. The show features news about animal welfare, farming, and diet. It even includes interviews with celebrity pet owners including Betty White and others. You’ll find that this show is funny, interesting, and great entertainment for those long drives to and from work. It’s available on Apple Podcasts and Amazon, but not Spotify.

    Pros
    • Award-winning
    • Loong-running
    • Covers a wide range of topics about animals
    Cons
    • Not available on Spotify

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    Wrapping Things Up

    No matter what your interests in animals may be, you’re sure to find a podcast that discusses them in detail. There are lots of great podcasts available that cover pets, wildlife, adoption, conservation, diet, and everything else that you can think of. Consider some of these podcasts next time you’re looking to listen to interesting animal-centered convos.


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