Shelter Me is an uplifting film series that celebrates shelter pets and the people who help them. Shelter Me partners with animal welfare groups to organize effective spay-neuter clinics and humane education programs and helps develop and implement life-saving projects directly at animal shelters. The project also includes ShelterMe.com, which enables anyone to create and share profiles of shelter pets to help increase adoptions.
Created and produced by Steven Latham, Shelter Me focuses on breaking down any stigmas of public animal shelters and help people realize that shelter pets make incredible pets. “Shelter Me: Community Matters” is presented by the Petco Foundation, and previous episodes have been hosted by Jon Hamm, Kristen Bell, Edie Falco, Allison Janney, Jane Lynch and Katherine Heigl.
Animal welfare icon Dr. Jane Goodall is hosting “Shelter Me: Community Matters,” the seventh episode of the inspiring national PBS series that tells three powerful stories about shelter pets and the people who help them. Premiering in February 2017, the main story in this one-hour episode features shelter dogs performing life-saving conservation work in Africa while providing a message of hope.
The primary story in Episode 7, “Shelter Me: Community Matters,” features 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. WD4C is able to help save wildlife by first saving at-risk shelter dogs that they train to be placed in successful, fulfilling conservation careers.
The cameras follow Vicka, a stray from a shelter in Nevada, on her journey to help battle the elephant and rhino poaching crisis in Zambia, Africa. Viewers will see everything from the intense and vigorous training Vicka goes through at WD4C to her placement in Zambia, where she is searching vehicles for ivory and firearms.
The two supporting stories in “Shelter Me: Community Matters” focus on teen volunteer efforts at animal shelters and how communities become stronger when they work together, benefitting both humans and animals. The first story takes place in an open admissions shelter in California that partners with STAMP (Sacramento Teen and Animal Membership Program), and shows teens, ages 12-18, reading to shelter pets to help relax and comfort them while they wait to be adopted
The film also highlights a high school cross country team in Santa Maria, Calif. that incorporates shelter dogs into their practice runs to offer them exercise, fun and socialization. More importantly, it allows the dogs to be visible within the community and have a greater chance to be adopted.
“Shelter Me: Community Matters” is available on public television stations. Visit ShelterMe.tv for local listings.