The bonds shared between humans and their pets can move mountains. They teach compassion and empathy, giving life new meaning. But there’s something truly special about those who give a place and purpose to lost or abandoned pets in need of a loving home.
In an uplifting celebration of shelter pets and the people who raise them, Shelter Me highlights the transformative nature of adoption. The series encourages positive change, focusing on the hopeful stories that bring communities together in solidarity with the animals that live there.
The first story follows a group of shelter dogs that help their human partners with lifesaving conservation work. As the dogs are rescued and trained to protect endangered species, they play a key role in deterring poachers - many of whom hunt elephants and rhinos for their ivory and horns. The episode also details a unique educational opportunity where junior high school students read to dogs and cats at a local shelter. This helps the animals get acclimated with human interaction, while simultaneously increasing the self-esteem and confidence of the students. Finally, the episode culminates with a high school cross country team that runs with shelter dogs as an exercise during practice.
The second story, hosted by two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank, features an innovative program where Alzheimer's facilities foster orphaned kittens. This not only provides the kittens with 24-hour care, but also engages the elderly residents in profound ways. The episode also follows the exploits of a hospital therapy dog, along with an organization that works to build fences in underserved areas - giving dogs an open space to run free.
Explore these extraordinary causes and inspirational stories in greater detail. Shelter Me airs on April 23 and 28 at noon.
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