‘Urban Animals,’ Human Interest TV Series About Non-Humans!

This past week, a new documentary series, titled, “Urban Animals” debuted on NYC Life TV station, August 5. Headed up by the production team of Tony Sawicki, Hugo Lopez and Clover Welsh, the show will focus on New Jersey’s and New York’s “urban” animal kingdom. It’s unique focus will show how our furry, scaly and fethered friends have migrated, acclimated and in many cases chosen city life over the wild.

Tony SawickiTony SawickiWhile some of the animals can be considered domesticated, Sawicki points out that the show is not about pets in the traditional sense. “It's really about all urban animals," he said. "It's any human interest story that involves people and pets (with) a more urban bent. The area has everything from museums, zoos, specialty pet shops, to regular pet shops, to people with dogs, rescues, and celebrities."

According to Meghan Grant at NorthJersey.com, “among critters and caretakers being profiled in the show are a sanctuary that specializes in saving bats, a feral cat-trapping and neutering program in Jersey City, an interactive exhibit featuring reptiles and amphibians that were once the pets of drug dealers, a prom for pampered New York City pooches, a bug museum at the Jersey Shore and a "Paws and Pints" meet-up for dog lovers in Long Island City,”

Clover Welsh who’s had a colorful career in the past playing drag queens in such movies "A Four Letter "Lady Clover Honey" & Clover Welsh"Lady Clover Honey" & Clover WelshWord," "The Big Gay Musical" and "St. Agatha" noted that he was drawn to the project because he loves animals.

“Having pets and loving animals is something that both fabulous and mundane people have in common.  This only shows that people’s connection with animals transcends race, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic level . . . everybody loves animals,” added Welsh.

Episodes taped in Hudson County, New Jersey will highlight a feral cat trapping program in Union City and a family of peregrine falcons that nest under a bridge in Secaucus. When asked if he would be tying in the Peregrine Falcon Webcam Project that's been in place on top of 101 Hudson Street in Jersey City for the last decade, Welsh responded: "Sounds like a good idea. I’ve always been a bird lover."

This reality show can be seen on NYC Life television (Cable 22 on Cablevision) and the 12 episodes will air every Tuesday and Saturday mornings at 11:30 AM.

Ron Callari
Fun Pet and Animal Stories

Aug 9, 2014
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Thank you so much for the

Thank you so much for the article Ron! We're working to educate and entertain about how animals and pets impact our lives. - Clover

Aug 10, 2014
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What I like most about the

What I like most about the series is the parakeets perched on the muscles of the young man while he is doing his workout. Very adorable, clever and fun! - Melanie

Aug 13, 2014
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Yes. What I like best in the

Yes. What I like best in the show is when the guy is working out and the birds are on his arm muscles as they flex. Great stuff! 

Aug 15, 2014
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I also agree. The male

I also agree. The male physique model who is having fun flexing his bicep muscle while two parakeets are enjoying the ride is a very enjoyable part of the show. I have seen this young man before in magazines but not on television. Parakeets make good fun pets.
Michael G.

Aug 26, 2014
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My favorite part of the

My favorite part of the series is the falcons and the boat ride at the Meadow Lands and the hot male model with the birds in the beginning. Very good combinations that I like.
Michael T

Sep 22, 2014
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The hot male model with the

The hot male model with the birds on his arm was in the Tommy Hilfiger and Diesel Underwear fashions show at NYC Fashion week. The birds were not there but I met him and he loves birds and wants to work with the birds again. I also liked the Meadowlands report.
- Leon Hans

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