This show’s for the dogs (and cats)
June 11, 2012
The PBS documentary Shelter Me shows how both people and animals can benefit from pet adoption. A benefit screening on Thursday, June 14, aims to keep the success stories coming by raising funds for the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care & Control and Los Angeles Animal Services.
The family-friendly documentary is hosted by actress Katherine Heigl, a longtime animal lover and advocate. It examines how shelter pets help returning war veterans cope with post-traumatic stress disorder, follows two stray dogs from the streets into new homes and explores a dog training program at a women’s prison that helps inmates and people with disabilities.
All proceeds from the showing will be split evenly between the two organizations, which together handle 140,000 cats and dogs a year. Some pet adoption scenes from Shelter Me were filmed locally at the county’s Baldwin Park Animal Care Center.
The Baldwin Park location is one of 6 county centers, where animals can be adopted; before going to their new homes, they receive a free veterinary checkup, low-cost spaying or neutering and initial vaccinations. Also, owners can bring in pets for reduced-price vaccinations and free “microchipping” to make it easier to reunite missing animals with their families.
The benefit showing takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, at the Laemmle Monica theater in Santa Monica. Tickets are $20, and additional donations are welcome.
If you miss the benefit but still want to watch the documentary, it airs on PBS SoCal on Tuesday, June 19, at 7 p.m.