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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
"There are no bad dogs -- just bad owners." Sends the message to take responsiblity for another creature seriously -- for the reward of unconditional love.
Violence & Scariness
Includes description of abuse experienced by animals.
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Very infrequent use of mild profanity. A dog who has been through "hell," etc.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this series tells the true stories of homeless pets -- mostly dogs -- who find loving owners and warm homes. The animals' stories can be heartbreaking and often involve abandonment or physical abuse (it's described in detail, which may be difficult for younger viewers or tender-hearted kids to hear). Also, many of the featured animal rescue programs connect the rescued pets with kids and adults who are experiencing hardships, such as institutional living or jail time. Still, for school-aged kids, there's a lot of learning potential here about the social, health, and economic issues related to animals and pet ownership.
Is It Any Good?
The fact that many of the featured animal rescue agencies connect the pets with kids and adults who are facing their own hardships gives this show an extra level of intensity. Many of these people have never experienced a close relationship with an animal and get very emotional, sometimes even crying. Although all of the stories end on very happy notes, they may be hard for younger viewers to comprehend. That's the main reason that Adoption Tales is best for school-aged kids, especially those with an interest in animals.
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