Every year, 3 million to 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized in America’s animal shelters. But this sad fate is being reduced through the heroic efforts of various groups to train abandoned animals to help people with a variety of needs.
Their stories are told in the hit PBS film “Shelter Me,” a triumphant feel-good two-part documentary hosted by Katherine Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy, Knocked Up) and sponsored by talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres’ company Halo, Purely for Pets. Produced and directed by award winner Steven Latham (NOVA: Saved by the Sun, Ted: The Future We Will Create), the film focuses on redemption, hope, helping others and making a difference – and about how a dog truly is man’s best friend.
Now available on DVD, Redbox has agreed to donate 100 percent of rental proceeds to the Halo Pet Foundation for all rentals through April 29. Look for it in your local kiosk or to reserve your copy of the film click here.
“We’re honored to support the Halo Pet Foundation and everything they do to promote the well- being of pets and their owners,” says Anne Saunders, president of Redbox. “We hope all pet lovers take the opportunity to watch ‘SHELTER ME’ this week, and in the process, help us contribute to this important cause.”
About “Shelter Me”
Part 1 focuses on how shelter pets are helping war veterans cope with post-traumatic stress disorder. Filmmakers also go inside a women’s prison, where inmates train shelter dogs to become service animals for people with disabilities. And we see the journey of two stray dogs, from the day they are picked up on the streets and brought to a shelter until the day they become beloved family pets.
Part 2 looks at those who have adopted shelter dogs and volunteer with their pets at hospitals. These once-forgotten dogs now help people heal by bringing comfort to patients and their families, not to mention joy to stressed-out doctors and nurses. One segment shows the dramatic rescue of homeless puppies, while another tells the amazing story of firefighters who train shelter dogs for search-and-rescue missions, from the World Trade Center to Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy and other disasters.
The film will be available for purchase from retailers on April 30.