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Shelter Me – An Inspirational Film About Shelter Dogs


This month (May) a special documentary will be airing on several PBS stations around the country. The movie, Shelter Me, is hosted by actress and animal advocate, Katherine Heigel, and focuses on the success stories of several shelter pets after they are adopted.

Episode one shows how shelter pets are helping returning war veterans cope with PTSD.

Episode two goes inside a women’s prison to show how inmates are training shelter dogs to become service animals for people with disabilities.

And lastly, episode three features the journey of two stray dogs, “from the day they are picked up on the streets and brought to the shelter until the day they become a beloved family pet.”

This project is sponsored by Ellen DeGeneres’ pet food company, Halo, Purely for Pets® and was filmed by critically acclaimed filmmaker, Steven Latham.

To find out when it is airing in your state go to ShelterMe.com. You can watch a preview of the film below.

For my Minnesota friends: Unfortunately, there are only two Minnesota PBS stations airing this special film  at this time (Appleton -Pioneer Public TV -KWCM, Thursday, May 24 at 9 pm and Austin -KSMQ, Monday, May 28 at 9 pm) but I hope TPT will choose to air it soon. 

With nearly 3-4 million pets euthanized annually, it’s encouraging to see some big names promoting how wonderful shelter pets  can be, if only given the chance. Don’t Shop, Adopt!

  1. May 17, 2012 at 7:25 AM

    You did it again, Mel. You have me regretting my decision to not own a television. Hopefully it will come to DVD?

    I especially liked the fact that they featured old style shelters with lots of cages instead of the new, fancy adoption centers in newer, no-kill shelters. I think it’s important for people to see the great dogs that come from all kinds of settings and not just the ones that are prettier.

    That said, I wish every shelter could have prettier surroundings but first step first.

    • May 17, 2012 at 7:34 AM

      Pamela, boo it’s not showing in my area, but if you go to their website you can pre-order a DVD. :-)

      • Mel
        May 17, 2012 at 9:04 PM

        Just heard from Stephen with Shelter Me and they are adding more stations. Woohoo!

  2. May 17, 2012 at 7:33 AM

    It looks like an amazing show. I’m going to check my listings and see where it airs.

    Pamela, you may be able to watch it online. :-)

  3. May 17, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    This really does sound fantastic. I am going to have to see if this will air in Canada as well. I do get PBS via cable but often the programming is Canadian and not American. I have my fingers crossed! I am so glad there is another positive production showcasing the power of adoption.

  4. May 17, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    When is this going to air in Syracuse, New York.

    • Steven
      May 17, 2012 at 7:02 PM

      Syracuse – WCNY
      Sunday, May 27 at 2 pm

  5. Petunia and Fletch's Mom
    May 17, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    How disappointing that it is only running in Amarillo – none of the MAJOR markets in Texas, like Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, San Antonio. PS: @Ruth – Helloooo Syracuse!!

    • Mel
      May 17, 2012 at 9:03 PM

      Hey Petunia and Fletch’s Mom – Stephen just commented below that they are constantly adding stations, so it may appear in your neck of the woods soon. :)

  6. Steven
    May 17, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    Hi. Please “like” us on Facebook and help us get the word out:

    http://www.facebook.com/ShelterMeTV

    The PBS schedule is constantly being updated at:

    http://ShelterMe.com/

    We’re celebrating shelter pets, raising awareness and getting more people involved with their local shelters. Thank you very much.

    • Mel
      May 17, 2012 at 9:02 PM

      Thanks for sharing Stephen! I’ll keep checking. I’d love to see this film.

  7. tracy M.
    May 17, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    I believe new markets are being added daily, so keeping checking your local listings.

  8. Dionis
    April 27, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    I just saw it at RedBox as new.

  9. Melissa
    April 28, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    What a great project! This is really going to make people aware of shelter dogs!

  10. Bonnie
    May 11, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    I’ve volunteered for over twenty years, seen many wonderful dogs along the way in shelters. My first dog was a “free to a good home”, now I have one from the shelter and a rescue baby.

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