Lara Shannon

As a pet behaviourist, TV presenter, producer and author, Lara is one Australia’s most well-known animal welfare advocates and canine experts, reaching millions of Australians each year through her education work to help improve the lives of companion animals.

Starting her career in radio and television in the early 90’s, Lara has been the media spokesperson for a number of high-profile animal welfare and conservation organisations in Australia and the UK including the World Wide Fund for Nature, Planet Ark, Keep Australia Beautiful, The Orangutan Project, Wildlife Asia and others, and currently presents Channel 10’s Pooches At Play and featured in Channel 9’s The Pet Rescuers (Series 1).

Lara is the Author of World of Dogs released in October 2021 and Eat, Play, Love (Your Dog), released in June 2020, both published by Hardie Grant Books and available where all good books are sold across Australia, USA, Canada and the UK.

Lara’s early television work included regular appearances on Saturday Disney, Totally Wild and Cheez TV, teaching children about wildlife and environmental conservation issues in a fun and engaging way, while her debut documentary Ecochick Adventures: The Trans Borneo Challenge aired on Channel 9 to raise awareness of the plight of the Orangutan in 2015.

As a certified dog trainer, behaviourist and pet food nutritionist, Lara is both the Executive Producer and Host of Pooches at Play, now in its seventh series, promoting responsible pet ownership for the benefit of both pets and the people who love them.   She was also co-producer and feature talent in the observational documentary TV series, The Pet Rescuers (Series 1) on Channel 9 in 2021.

Lara is regularly featured in TV, radio, press and online editorial and advertisements, works as a Brand Ambassador for companies including PETstock, and is a sought after MC and speaker for events, pet expos and seminars including the Australian Dog Lovers Show, the Caravan Supershow, Melbourne Leisurefest and more, with her cheeky rescue dog ‘Dynamite Darcy’ by her side. Vindi, her latest rescue dog, is also well on his way to become a canine co-star too.

An Ambassador for Second Chance Animal Rescue, Companion Animal Network Australia and the Companion Animal Rescue Awards, Lara’s mission is to help reduce the needless euthanasia of adoptable shelter animals to zero.

Recent Awards
B&T Women in Media Awards 2019 – Finalist: Journalist/Presenter and Finalist: Entrepreneur Category
Australia’s Top 10 Female Entrepreneurs List 2018 – My Entrepreneur Magazine

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