“Shelter Me” is a national PBS series that celebrates shelter pets with positive and uplifting stories.
We shared and reviewed Episode 1: Shelter Me last April 2013. The first episode was hosted by Katherine Heigl and focused on three stories; a women’s prison, where inmates train shelter dogs to become service animals; two U.S. soldiers who begin recovering from PTSD after they are paired up with shelter dogs; and the journey of two stray dogs, from the streets to beloved family pet. Read our post, Movie Night For A Good Cause: Shelter Me Documentary, for a snippet video of the 1st Shelter Me series.
Since then, there were three more Shelter Me episodes.
Episode 2, “Shelter Me: Let’s go Home,” hosted by Jane Lynch, featured three stories; hero fire fighters who train shelter dogs for search-and-rescue; a dramatic rescue of homeless puppies; and “shelter turned therapy dogs” that visit hospitals to comfort patients and their families.
Episode 3, “Shelter Me: Second Chances,” hosted by Edie Falco, showcased three stories; shelter dogs going into a juvenile detention facility to provide hope to the young inmates; a spoken word artist delivering an emotional performance about how shelter pets have impacted his life; and a professional photographer showing a groups of kids how they can be part of the change by visiting their local animal shelter.
Episode 4, “Shelter Me: New Beginnings,” hosted by Allison Janney focused on two stories, including an aircraft transport of at-risk shelter dogs to adoptive homes and a nationally recognized animal trainer implementing first of its kind programming in overcrowded city shelters.
The “Shelter Me” series was created by filmmaker Steven Latham who wants to break down the negative perceptions and stigmas of public animal shelters and help people realize that shelter pets make the best pets.
Actor and Animal Advocate Jon Hamm with former shelter pup Ruby in Los Angeles on the set of filming the national PBS series “Shelter Me: Partners for Life”
Premiering in October is Episode 5 of “Shelter Me: Partners for Life” series and is hosted by Jon Hamm and presented by the Petco Foundation and Halo, Purely for Pets.
The first story of Episode 5, features Nikita, a shelter dog turned K-9 unit in Worcester, Mass., who breaks down the stereotypes of a typical K-9 dog used in law enforcement. From his unassuming looks to his “street smarts,” we will follow Nikita and other former shelter dogs as they successfully sniff out the “bad guys” and find the hidden narcotics, time after time.
The second story profiles 12-time Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Emmylou Harris and her animal-welfare work. Her rescue, Bonaparte’s Retreat, works directly with city shelters to help reduce the euthanasia rates in Nashville while her Crossroads Pets program pairs up at-risk youth with shelter pets to give them both a second chance.
Shelter Me: Partners for Life” premieres during Adopt a Shelter Dog Month on PBS (Public Television Stations) on October 1. Check ShelterMe.TV for local listings.
To celebrate Episode 5 Shelter Me: Partners for Life, we are giving away 4 DVD’s Episodes 1-4. Follow the giveaway tool to join.
Have you watched any of the Shelter Me series?
Earl Lover says
Madi and momrmad says
Sugar this is a beautiful post! Mom is going to see if she can find the DVDs on Netflix
Madi your bfff
Sally T. says
I have never seen any of the shelter dogs,but I now will
look for them.I have never rescued a dog,but try to help out as
much as possible.
Two reasons to adopt a dog is to give that dog a second chance.
The second reason is they will be your best friend for life.
Jason Diehl says
I have seen 1 or 2 of the episodes
Rescued 4 dogs
I adopted them to give them a home and be a companion for me
De HufforD says
what a great series! I’ll have to look for it.
I have not seen the shelter me series, but would like to. And I have adopted a dog before. While I’m not against *responsible* breeders (and I hold them to very high standards to be considered responsible), I do believe adoption should be pursued first. Obviously, the biggest reason to adopt is you’re saving lives. You also often get a better idea up front of the dog you’re getting.
easy rider says
Oh that would be great to learn more about this dogs and the humans… I will look if we can find something online, to honor our Chipy we rescued once :o)
Hawk aka BrownDog says
Shelter pets are very appreciative of a loving home.
Next we just have to train people how to properly look after a pet so previously pet friendly lodgings don’t close the door in our furry faces, especially if we’re large size.
Y’all come on by,
Hawk aka BrownDog
Faith Collins says
1. No but I’d love to!
2. Yes, we rescued our pup in 2012. He’s our whole world!
3. There are so many deserving and loving dogs in the shelters that make great companions. That’s more than enough reason! You’re also saving a life!
Margot C says
1) Have you watched any of the Shelter Me series?
I haven’t yet. We don’t watch TV, but I do watch shows on my computer sometimes and I will be able to see them on the PBS website.
2) Did you rescue a dog?
I did! This past January I rescued a senior dog at the Pasadena humane society, he is my darlin!
3) Share 2 reasons why adopt a dog
I wish that i could save them all; there are so many pets that don’t get the love that they deserve in their lives. I have my rescue dog a rescue cat and three more ferals that I have had fixed and that I feed outside.
1) We caught one of the episodes- didn’t realize they had released so many!
2) All of our dogs are rescued!
3) Adopted dogs are grateful & loving- they make excellent companions.
lana simanovicki says
my daughter is 8 and she wants to bring every stray anomal home she would love this
Lori Walker says
I haven’t seen this series before. I have not rescued a dog yet. I’d like a rescued dog so that I can give a puppy a second chance and a home.
Ann Cluck says
I have not seen any of these series episodes, but I would love to!!! Yes, I have a rescue pup named Lady Girl. She lived the first 3 yrs of her life at a no-kill shelter. She is my best friend and confidant. She understands what I say, but doesn’t repeat anything 😉 Adopting a dog or other animal makes room for another in a shelter. So, you are actually saving two dogs. Also, adopting an animal gives that animal the chance to know the love of a good human.
Julie Murphy says
No I have not seen Shelter me. I have 2 rescue dogs and you should adopt because there are so many dogs and cats that need home.
Bryn Nowell says
We have watched the first part of the “Shelter Me” series, which brought both my husband and I to tears (but in a happy way). I believe providing a happy/safe home to a shelter animal is a way to bring a new beginning to animal and human alike!
Spencer the Goldendoodle says
I have never heard about this before, but would love to see them since I am a rescue dog! There are several reasons to adopt vs shop: rescue dogs are still dog who are able to provide unconditional love. They also deserve to live in a safe home surrounded by nothing but love!
Deborah W. says
I haven’t seen any of the Shelter Me dvds but would like to . We have adopted two shelter dogs so far. We love them so very much and can’t imagine them not being with us. The best thing about adopting shelter dogs is they are so loving and want a good home. They will love you and do just about anything you want. Our had been abused so it took a while to get them to trust us but now they know that we love them and will never leave them or hurt them. They are the greatest dogs ever and I would never, ever buy a dog when there are so many wonderful dogs waiting to be adopted.
susan smoaks says
i haven’t ever seen any shelter me. i did rescue a dog. all our dogs have always been rescue.
Lesley F says
1. I have not seen the series
2. We have 2 rescue dogs
3. There are so many dogs that need to be adopted and in need of a good home. We have only adopted rescue dogs and they have brought my family lots of joy and happiness over the years!
Stephanie Liske says
They are abandoned and need a home. This saves from puppy mills having so many pups.
ni havenot seen any of them but both dog were rescued king a s pup form a breadder who was going to kill him
princess she prue bread chiawaii and i got her at a friends who was going to to put her down
Laurie Emerson says
1. I have seen a couple of these shows.
2. All 3 of our dogs are rescue dogs.
3. 1, You should adopt a dog as they need good homes so badly. 2. You should adopt a dog as when you do you are adopting a new best friend.
Megan C says
I have not watched any of the shows. I just heard about it and how great it was. I adopted my dog but I did not get her from the shelter. She was with a family with 3 little kids . She was getting aggressive with the kids and the other dog. The family gave up on her and was taking her to the pound. A friend told me and I took her right away. I have no kids or other animals. She has been a part of my family for 6 years now. The shelters are over flowing with animals that need us. I would adopt because you know they have had their shots and have been neutered. Also you know what you are getting. The shelters tell you their bad behavior along with the good. With them knowing if they are ok with other pets and kids you know if they will fit into your family.
Marian Boll says
We are blessed with 2 doxies, 1 rough collie, and 2 cats…all were rescues by my family.
Being able to give a home to a rescue animal is one of the best feelings known to me. I in turn reap the rewards of having such loving and caring lives around me as well.
Donna Kozar says
3. They are great pets. They need us.
I can’t for THE LIFE OF ME find a way to get a full copy of Episode 5 Shelter me: Partners for Life with Emmylou Harris. Any advice? I’ve tried contacting Shelter me directly and have gotten no where.