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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.


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.


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

Not applicable

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 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?


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?

TV details

Premiere date:June 19, 2010
Cast:Curtis Bookwalter, Kyle Peterson, Shelly Bookwalter
Network:Animal Planet
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG

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Parent of a 17 year old Written byvt_taminator June 23, 2010

Awesome show

Love it. It is great & tells it as it is. May also explain why there are so many dogs in rescue & why they come up from the south.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 17 years old Written byabbacus June 13, 2012

Really good!

Fun show to watch if you are an animal lover (which I am).
Kid, 10 years old December 28, 2010

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