Animal Cops

TV review by
Common Sense Media Editors, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Animal rescue reality show is OK for older kids.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 12 reviews

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Positive Messages

The negative themes of animal abuse are outweighed by very positive images of ASPCA agents, veterinarians, and citizens in community service roles. The series focuses on the rescue missions and the importance of both taking care of and respecting animals of all kinds. The show also raises awareness about animal health and the potential for animal adoption and shows both men and women in important public service jobs.


Includes images that show clear signs of severe abuse, including dead animals. Other images include open and infected wounds, animals near starvation, and flea/tick infestations.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

No human consumption of drugs, alcohol, or tobacco. Some scenes of animals receiving medical treatment include medications and/or injections being administered.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this series -- which focuses on the efforts of animal welfare units to investigate and rescue neglected, abused, and/or abandoned animals -- includes graphic images of animal cruelty (including some dead animals). The opening credits feature a "parental discretion" advisory. Some animals have to be euthanized, though the procedure itself isn't shown. Episodes always include positive examples of abused animals being cared for by agents, veterinarians, and compassionate citizens. Sensitive kids and adults may find some images disturbing.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bydoggymom September 30, 2012

Protection Laws for Animals a "Must".

Makes my day when I watch those low lifes get arrested for cruelty and neglect to animals. Teaches children to respect all of God's creatures..especially... Continue reading
Adult Written bypeludo February 18, 2012

Okay, but Limited

Why is Houston constantly the focus? Animals live all over this country. Sorry, maybe I catch it more when Houston is the focus. When the San Francisco episode... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old January 29, 2014

Good show but very violent

It's really very disturbing and violent. They show open wounds and dead dogs and cats. It's a great show but very gross at times. Dog fighting is visi... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bylucamations November 21, 2013

Not a good show for kids

I really don't like this show, i don't see why animals should have special cops! this show isn't good for kids either, there is lots of violent a... Continue reading

What's the story?

ANIMAL COPS works to raise awareness about the mistreatment of animals by profiling the people and agencies that are committed to saving them. Past seasons have followed the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) in Detroit, the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (HSPCA), and San Francisco's Animal Care and Control unit (ACC), with each episode (which typically includes several different cases) following investigators and rescue teams as they set out to find and save animals. Some of the animals have accidentally wandered into precarious situations; others have been neglected, abandoned, and/or physically abused. While some cases are heartwarming efforts to reunite lost pets with their owners, most of them, sadly, center on animals rescued from people and organizations that have failed to care for them -- or, worse, that have subjected them to vicious cruelty; for this reason the show includes many graphic incidents of abuse and neglect (up to and including images of dead animals). Episodes jump back and forth between the different cases to add suspense, but by the end of the hour, each is solved.

Is it any good?

Viewers who stick with the program are rewarded by seeing many of the animals on the road to recovery (many are even placed in happier homes) and justice served to their abusers. Plus, viewers learn about the rescued animals' medical conditions and possible treatments -- which will fascinate critter-minded kids (and adults!). Of course, viewers are also reminded that owning any animal is an immense responsibility -- pets and service animals need to be well cared for and shown a lot of compassion -- and that failing to meet that responsibility can lead to hefty fines and even jail time. Despite mostly positive outcomes, parents should watch the show with their kids, as children who are especially sensitive toward animals might find the series disturbing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the responsibilities of caring for animals and the consequences of neglecting them. Why would people let their animals suffer? What does it mean to put an animal "to sleep"? Have you ever witnessed a case of animal abuse? Who would you call in your community to report it? Who looks out for the animals in your area? Is there a shelter nearby where you might be able to volunteer? What kind of education does it take to become a veterinarian? In your house, is your pet considered a member of the family? How much responsibility is it to keep your pet healthy and happy?

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