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Shelter Me

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Hosted by actress Katherine Heigl, SHELTER ME celebrates the human-animal bond with positive, uplifting stories about shelter pets and their new homes. Every year, 3-4 million dogs and cats are euthanized in America's shelters. SHELTER ME focuses on the success stories to bring more people into the shelters to give these incredible animals a second chance. The first film shows how shelter pets are helping our returning war veterans cope with PTSD.

We go inside a women's prison, where inmates train shelter dogs to become service animals for people with disabilities. We also see the journey of two stray dogs, from the day they are picked up on the streets and brought to the shelter until the day they become a beloved family pet.

SHELTER ME is about redemption, hope, helping others and making a difference.

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"Shelter Me is single-minded in its goal: It wants people to consider adopting a dog from a shelter." --The New York Times

"Shelter Me is a must see documentary. It is moving, tear-jerking, and uplifting - all at the same time. This is a must see for all people who love dogs and love what humans and dogs can do for each other." --San Antonio Pets Examiner

"I was moved to tears of joy as I watched the bond develop between the humans and their new found companions. I think you will also be incredibly moved by this most-welcomed documentary that spills over with hope for those beings, nonhuman and human, who need help in a demanding world." --Psychology Today

"Shelter Me is a must see documentary. It is moving, tear-jerking, and uplifting - all at the same time. This is a must see for all people who love dogs and love what humans and dogs can do for each other." --San Antonio Pets Examiner

"I was moved to tears of joy as I watched the bond develop between the humans and their new found companions. I think you will also be incredibly moved by this most-welcomed documentary that spills over with hope for those beings, nonhuman and human, who need help in a demanding world." --Psychology Today

Product Details

  • Actors: Katherine Heigl
  • Directors: Steven Latham
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Virgil Films and Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 30, 2013
  • Run Time: 57 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B8O4X82
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,431 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on April 24, 2013
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The PBS documentary special "Shelter Me" is rather straightforward in its goal. Director Steven Latham wants your next pet to be adopted from a shelter. And why not? Every year, several million animals are put down in American shelters. There simply isn't enough room or sufficient resources to house these animals indefinitely. And yet, the demands for pets has never really wavered. From a personal standpoint, I've never understood this disconnect. It would never occur to me to NOT reach out to a shelter. These creatures need a home. The twist in the two part "Shelter Me" is that not only do those profiled rescue the animals, but in many ways these abandoned pets go on to rescue their new owners. It's a lovingly created film that will inspire and touch you. While there is much unpleasantness in the topic of animal shelters, this 57 minute feature focuses on some specific and positive personal stories. And if you love animals, this is certainly a must-see endeavor.

In Part One, there are three main segments. I really liked the episode that trails a couple of stray dogs. We follow these two until they are placed with new owners, and it's all rather sweet. In addition to this more intimate story, we see how pets can provide guidance and help to those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and we see a prison rehabilitation program where the female inmates train dogs to become service animals. In Part Two, we see how shelter pets can become a positive influence when brought to the hospital in a volunteer program. There is also a rescue sequence as well as a pretty amazing story of shelter dogs being trained for dramatic search-and-rescue missions. Thematically, the stories are all over the place, but nevertheless, it's all pretty fascinating.
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I wanted to see this show on PBS but I couldn't figure out the viewing schedule on the station in my area. I am highly into anything that is dog related so I had heard of all these different programs mentioned in this special before. It was still very interesting and moving to view these individual programs that were featured. What struck me as always was how deep an impact each of these dogs had on the trainers and then again on the people they were placed with. I definitely needed my Kleenex during the last part of the program-PTSD soldiers and their dogs.

I did buy the movie for download. I think just a rental would have sufficed unless I wanted to share the film with a friend.

So happy there a shelter dogs getting a chance to change someone's world.
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The importance of domestic animals in the healing process of humans cannot be overestimated. This film does a superb job of showcasing the impact of the unconditional love & devotion of " man's best friend " in the mental & emotional rehabilitation of prison convicts, veterans of war, and other damaged individuals for whom these creatures become literally life-saving. It is a beautifully edited & scripted film with heart-warming testimonies and terrific visuals. Money well-spent.
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No way I was going to give this a five star review. Its a documentary! Five star reviews are limited to Braveheart or Lion in Winter. I believe great films serve to enlighten, inform or stimulate a viseral response. This film does all three. Its a documentary to be sure, but great stories are told - and a very important human dynamic is revealed. The power of love and self esteem in the formation or reformation of a human being . . . and a dog.
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I recently watched this air on PBS. I'm asking all my friends to watch this documentary if they have the chance. If nothing else, it gives you such an appreciation of so many issues that impact our society so deeply but yet, are never highlighted.

A show like this would probably never make it on mainstream TV but it showcases the very best in what makes us human... something we collectively lose focus on all too often. It is not a show that portrays animals suffering. It glorifies them. It shows them emerging from the worst that life has dealt them, only to emerge as truly wonderful beings that only enrich us all. It is at the same time an endorsement of the most cherished human values and an indictment of "news" media that focus only on what is "commercially profitable" or "reactionary."

I know that we as a society have a multitude of problems to solve. But unless we recognize that we are all at heart, individuals with a collective responsibility to the well being of every other living being, everything else we debate and fight for, is pretty meaningless.

Sorry for the emotional outburst - it's just been one of those days. But, to anyone reading this, please do yourself a favor and try to watch this - it has no agenda it is promoting other than basic human decency and a desire to make things better for all living things.
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This movie is a must watch one. Especially with all the family present. It really touches your heart and makes you definitely want to make a "life-long" commitment. Yep folks, if you adopt a pet, whatever it is, please, please remember that for the life of that animal it's YOUR responsibility to love, feed, and take care of it. In turn it gives you love, protection, and commitment. I especially believe in animals touching those people in desperate need of both physical and mental support. You will definitely enjoy this movie. A definitely buy for my DVD collection.
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