That Animal Rescue Show

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Animal rescue docu has uplifting themes, strong activism.

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Positive Messages

The series’ overall theme is that all animals should be valued. Animal activism, healing, and rescue are all topics associated with this. 

Positive Role Models

Some rescue organizations focus more on taking in, and taking care of, disabled, abused, or neglected animals. Others are committed to actively raising awareness or engaging in actions against animal agriculture and animal cruelty. One episode features children with a range of disabilities and other challenges. One activist notes that she’s on probation. 


Animals are shown with a range of different injuries (but still living full lives). People are shown chanting and yelling during protest activities. Animal agriculture is considered violent by vegan activists. 


Signs and logos for different rescues and organizations are visible. They are featured in context, but it also feels like it's for promotional reasons. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that That Animal Rescue Show is a documentary series that features different animal rescue and activist groups around greater Austin, Texas. All episodes highlight the idea that all animals should be valued, but each episode features different content, ranging from images of animals with birth defects and other healed injuries, to animal activists protesting at events and making references to legal troubles and radical acts. There's not really any mature content, but kids who are super sensitive to animals may feel emotional watching some of the stories unfold.

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What's the story?

From award-winning filmmaker Richard Linklater comes THAT ANIMAL RESCUE SHOW, a docuseries about various community rescue organizations in and around greater Austin, Texas (where Linklater is from). From following the staff of a rescue designed to help animals and children with disabilities heal together to engaging in vegan-based activism, each episode showcases the efforts made by people and organizations to ensure the health and well-being of animals in the Lone Star state. 

Is it any good?

This interesting series features different organizations who are committed to rescuing animals in their own unique ways. While some of the operations are more gentle and community service oriented, others are committed to animal rights activism and reducing animal agriculture. 

The show’s overall theme is about valuing all animals, but some episodes are more uplifting than others. But it’s cinematic in its approach, which, unlike the average unscripted TV series, allows each story to be told with more depth. If you’re interested in animals or animal rescue, That Animal Rescue Show is a series you’ll enjoy tuning into. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different ways that animals are rescued and protected. Which organizations featured in That Animal Rescue Show appeal to you the most? What is it about what they do that stands out?

  • Often animal (and other) activists are willing to break the law to bring attention to their causes. Why? Is this a good thing? 

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