As many of you know, last year WOBM-AM contacted Jeremy and asked if he would be interested in doing a radio talk show. He began in early January with the “Wake Up With Jeremy Grunin” show on WOBM-AM 1160 / 1310, weekdays from 5:30AM to 8AM. Each day he asks the listeners to join him and “Get up. Get out. Do Something!” The show covers all that is good at the Jersey Shore including what we can do to make it better. Jeremy has established a quick rapport with callers who have challenged him on many topics. On his very first day, Jeremy confessed that he isn’t a pet person and didn’t understand all the hype around animals, which quickly put him in the dog house with listeners.
Tara and Kelly knew they had to fill an entire show with all things animals and immediately started teasing Jeremy regarding the “pet ownership” gene that he seems to be missing. The show was devoted to everyone’s (well almost everyone) love of dogs. The first guest was Beth VanLeer, who is a doggy foster mom and volunteer from Puppy Love Pet Rescue, a wonderful organization in our community that fosters abandoned pets and facilitates the process of finding their forever homes. For more information on their mission and how you can help, visit puppylovenj.com.
Shortly after our interview with Beth, the conversation came full circle when Lynette Whiteman, Executive Director of Caregiver Volunteers of Central NJ, suggested that some foster dogs be trained as therapy dogs. Beth also surprised Lynette and said she was ready to volunteer with Caregivers after the organization had done so much for her mother who suffered from Alzheimer’s years ago. For more information on how you can get involved, visit caregivervolunteers.org.
Some interesting facts derived from today’s show with Lynette Whiteman and Beth VanLeer:
* There are 40,000 isolated seniors in Ocean County.
* Caregivers’ 1,000 volunteers, support 2,000 senior citizens every single week. (Please volunteer- there are so many more seniors that need help).
* Puppy Love Pet Rescue will be at Petco on Hooper Avenue in Toms River on Sunday, Jan 31. Please visit and consider being a foster parent or providing a forever home for a dog in need.
* If you are unable to volunteer, both organizations take donations.
* Tara and her family found their forever puppy Princess Leia at Puppy Love Pet Rescue.