Last Chance Highway

 
Generous rescuers find needy dogs good homes.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series supports helping, respecting, and loving dogs. It promotes animal adoption, as well as spaying and neutering your pets. It also contains some subtle messages in support of pit bulls.

Positive role models

The rescuers give of their time and money to help needy dogs find happy homes.

Violence

The rescuers talk about owners starving, shooting, and abandoning unwanted dogs, but these discussions do not offer a lot of details. People occasionally carry guns and rifles. Dogs are shown getting injections and/or in ill health.

Sex

Contains some very mild sexual innuendo, usually pertaining to a dog’s genitals before and after they get spayed or neutered.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Pedigree dog food brand is a major sponsor of the show, and is prominently featured throughout the series. Shelly carries a Louis Vuitton purse. The series also promotes the use of Petfinder.com to find dogs to adopt; the show also offers information on dogs available for adoption in between segments. The Peterson Express transport company is also featured.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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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Kid, 10 years old December 28, 2010
age 11+
 

animal lovers will freek

i am a animal lover and if you love animals you will love this show
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 17 years old Written byabbacus June 13, 2012
age 7+
 

Really good!

Fun show to watch if you are an animal lover (which I am).
Kid, 11 years old August 23, 2010
age 11+
 

Tugs at anyone's heartstrings

I watch this show, and every episode leaves me in tears. I just think that if someone takes the step to adopt an animal, they need to take care of it through thick and thin. I pulls at my heart when one episode showed something called "Put to Sleep Day" Which is when they put many of the dogs to sleep. They showed a black bag with something inside (A dog put to sleep) and it breaks my heart. they take the dogs up north (New England) where we have laws about abandoning dogs.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Great messages
Great role models

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