When my friend Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell, who writes over at PetSide.com, Pet360.com, and her own site, Living Large in Our Little House, asked if I’d help with a promotion about shelter animals, I was all over that.
The foundation provides grants to animal shelters and rescue organizations across the country, and every dollar it receives in donations is given to the shelters and rescues. Its operating expenses are paid from Halo, Purely for Pets, the parent company that sells holistic pet food and products.
DeGeneres, star of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” has long supported the rescue and adoption of animals. “I believe that by working together, we can find good homes for the millions of homeless and abandoned pets out there,” she said in a press release.
“Shelter Me,” hosted by Katherine Heigl (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Knocked Up”) and directed/produced by Steven Latham, who helmed the Nova documentary “Saved by the Sun,” follows the lives of two stray dogs, from the time they are picked up on the street to the moment they begin new lives with their “furever” families.
The film also chronicles how shelter animals are being trained by inmates in a women’s prison to become service dogs to people with disabilities. The dogs benefit, the inmates benefit, and the disabled recipients benefit – win, win, win.
The documentary also shows how rescue dogs are becoming therapy dogs to our hero soldiers suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Ready to help? Then spread the word, and let’s all rent “Shelter Me” from Redbox through April 29!