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  • Format: Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Virgil Films
  • Release Date: April 30 2013
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  • ASIN: B00B8O4X82
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Shelter Me

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9c7f95c4) out of 5 stars 25 reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cb5d408) out of 5 stars An Uplifting PBS Documentary Special: Great Personal Stories Involving Shelter Pets April 24 2013
By K. Harris - Published on
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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.

"Shelter Me" is sponsored by Ellen Degeneres' company Halo, Purely for Pets and is hosted by actress Katherine Heigl. The film shows only a few stories, but they are diverse and uplifting. By presenting these personal moments, the movie hopes to connect with a broader message. The next time you are looking for a pet, why not save one from your local shelter? Truthfully, those that watch "Shelter Me" are probably already predisposed to make such a decision. But you never know. If you save the life of a dog, maybe one day it will save your life in return (if only metaphorically). KGHarris, 4/13.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ca3621c) out of 5 stars Very touching tribute to newer avenues for shelter dogs May 26 2013
By Cleaner after dogs - Published on
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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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c7e4348) out of 5 stars Worth your money Dec 11 2012
By K.K. - Published on
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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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cbd6f90) out of 5 stars A must watch - July 17 2013
By Badri Narayan - Published on
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.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Rebecca J. Pando - Published on
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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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