An inspiring series that celebrates shelter pets with positive and uplifting stories about people's lives being improved when they adopt a shelter pet.
Shelter Me Previous Broadcasts
New Beginnings (Episode #104)
KQED World: Sun, Sep 25, 2016 -- 10:00 PM
Champion is a German Shepherd mix that was found on the streets of Compton. He was so emaciated he could not stand on his own. He was brought to an animal shelter where he regained his strength and was then given the most incredible second chance. Wings of Rescue, a group of volunteer pilots, flew Champion and 104 other shelter dogs from overcrowded shelters to safety in the northwest. People literally ran out on the tarmac to meet the dogs as they arrived (see attached). Champion now lives on a 700 acre ranch - far away from the life he previously lived - a new beginning for him and all the dogs that went on this journey.
Dogs love to play. Aimee Sadler's program is based on this simple concept. She travels around the country teaching shelters how to do play groups with their dogs. Most shelters keep dogs isolated in their kennels. Aimee shows the shelters how to get groups of dogs in a yard to play and learn from each other. The goal is for every dog to get out of their kennel and play in groups every single day. This program is revolutionary and is being featured on television for the first time. These play groups turn shelters into joyful adoption centers and completely change how shelter dogs are perceived and adopted.
Second Chances (Episode #103H)
KQED World: Sun, Sep 18, 2016 -- 10:00 PM
This episode shows how these pets improve people's lives when given the opportunity. The first story is about incarcerated juveniles whose lives are changed by their interaction and connection with shelter dogs. The detention center is adjacent to a public animal shelter. Dogs are paired up with the kids who are then responsible for training and taking care of them 24/7. The dogs are then adopted by people in the community at a ceremony inside the prison. The kids are forever changed. They learn empathy, responsibility and other life skills.
Renowned street poet, Steve Connell, performs an original piece about shelters being a place of hello, not a place of goodbye. This moving piece, filmed in an empty shelter, shows a world of possibilities when people get involved with their local shelters.
We conclude this powerful episode with a professional photographer teaching volunteers and the public how to take a great picture of a shelter pet. This fun, upbeat segment shows why taking great photos can make all the difference in getting people to visit their local shelter and adopt a new family member.
Let's Go Home (Episode #102H)
KQED World: Sun, Sep 11, 2016 -- 10:00 PM
This episode features stories about shelter pets that went from rescued to rescuer.The first story is about our hero firefighters who use shelter dogs for search-and-rescue. These teams have been to the World Trade Center and helped look for survivors in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Rita, Superstorm Sandy and the Joplin tornadoes. When a disaster strikes and people are buried, these search dogs will be the first on the scene to save you. We follow individuals who have adopted shelter dogs and are now volunteering at a hospital. These once-forgotten dogs are helping people heal by bringing comfort to patients and their families, not to mention joy to doctors and nurses. We also show a dramatic rescue of homeless puppies, an innovative spay/neuter clinic and a family adopting a beautiful cat at an animal shelter.
KQED World: Sun, Sep 4, 2016 -- 10:00 PM
This family-friendly film celebrates the human-animal bond with positive, uplifting stories about shelter pets and their new homes. Every year, more than 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized in America's shelters. It focuses on the success stories to bring more people into the shelters to give these incredible animals a second chance. This program shows how shelter pets are helping our returning War Veterans cope with debilitating injuries; how shelter pets are teaching inmates new life lessons and follows a shelter pet being rescued from the streets and his journey through the shelters to his new home. Shelter Me is a show about redemption, hope, helping others and making a difference.