Legendary animal expert, Dr. Jane Goodall hosts the latest episode of the PBS docu-series, Shelter Me: Community Matters. Premiering nationally this month on PBS Shelter Me: Community Matters is the seventh episode in the series that focuses on highlighting rescue animals and the people who work with them in positive, inspiring and uplifting ways. The Shelter Me series was created by filmmaker Steven Latham who hopes to use the series as a way to break down any stigmas of public animal shelters and help people realize that shelter pets make incredible pets.
“We are extremely proud to support ‘Shelter Me: Community Matters,’ said Susanne Kogut, executive director of the Petco Foundation and series presenter. “The stories in the film are examples of how communities are working together to save shelter pets and help them live their best lives.”
Shelter Me: Community Matters features three stories including, Working Dogs for Conversation (WD4C), a non-profit organization based in Montana that trains American shelter dogs for life-saving conservation work in Africa and throughout the world. Additional stories in the episode focus on, California’s STAMP Program (Sacramento Teen and Animal Membership Program), which uses community teen volunteers, ages 12-18, to help at the shelter including reading to shelter pets to help relax and comfort them while they wait to be adopted. Finally, the episode showcases the Santa Maria, California. Cross Country team that works with the local shelter incorporating dogs into their practice runs. The program not only helps the student athletes and also brings exercise and socialization to the dogs, increasing their opportunity for adoption.
To find out more about this episode and the Shelter Me series including local listing for the show or to watch previous episodes go to their website ShelterMe.tv. Be sure to follow ShelterMeTV on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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