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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this series -- which features people rescuing and adopting out dogs -- is generally mild, but contains some images of dogs suffering from malnutrition and/or illness, and receiving medical attention, which could potentially upset sensitive viewers. The show is sponsored by Pedigree, and the brand (as well as a few others) is frequently visible.
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What's the story?
LAST CHANCE HIGHWAY is reality series about a network of Southern dog rescuers who save hundreds of strays a week and transport them to the Northeast for adoption. It features Shelly and Curtis Bookwalter, who are two of many volunteers who commit their time and money to picking up abandoned dogs and getting them medical care in order to get them fit and healthy for adoption. When the dogs are ready, transport company owner Kyle Peterson and his assistant Lucas Hoge drive up the highways of the Northeast Corridor in order to deliver the lucky canines to people who filed their adoption applications online. Viewers get to learn about some of the dog’s new owners, too. Information about dog health and the dog adoption process is also offered.
Is it any good?
The series takes a gratifying look at some of the generous people who successfully rescue and adopt out approximately 5,000 dogs a year. It also contains some interesting information about the role these volunteers from the South play in the Northeast region of the country, which has a shortage of dogs available for adoption.
Even if you aren’t a dog lover, you might have a hard time not finding a soft spot for the menagerie of cuddly dogs constantly being paraded around. Some of the personal stories of the pet adopters are also heartwarming. But parents be warned: After watching this show, there’s a good chance that your kids may be wanting to adopt a dog, too.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about dog rescue as portrayed in this show. What prompts these people to give of themselves (and their money) to help dogs and other animals? Is it just a love for animals, or is it something more? What are the benefits of adopting an animal? Some of the drawbacks? Do you think it is a good idea to adopt a pet via the Internet?
Does this show motivate you to help animals? If so, how does it do that? What kinds of things can someone do to help unwanted animals? Do you know where your community’s local animal shelter is?
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