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.
While 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 Word," "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.