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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series celebrates the emotional bond between animals and people and is a testament to the work of all those dedicated to the promotion of animal welfare.
Violence & Scariness
In some scenes, animal experts detail the dogs' physical and emotional ailments, and veterinarians occasionally are shown giving injections. When an animal has been in an accident or is the victim of neglect, experts detail the dog's injuries and ailments and explain how they'll affect its future.
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Products & Purchases
The dogs' adoptive families receive gifts like a one-year supply of Purina One dog food, and commercial sponsors are mentioned in this context.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there's no real reason to be concerned about sharing this emotional-but-heartwarming series with kids; viewers of all ages will be inspired by the stories of animals who beat the odds to thrive in loving environments. Very young kids may be upset or confused about stories of dogs getting hit by cars or being neglected by owners, so be ready to reassure them if questions arise. And don't forget to keep the tissues handy, as these touching tales are sure to tug at your heartstrings.
Is It Any Good?
If your life has ever been enriched by the presence of an animal friend, you're sure to enjoy these touching tales. It's hard to not be affected by the emotional stories of rescue and recovery, and you'll be inspired to see how the experts' patience and dedication is rewarded when the shelter dogs are transformed into healthy, happy, affectionate pets.
The absence of any iffy content (besides strong emotion) makes this a fine choice for whole-family viewing, though you may have to reassure very young or sensitive kids during segments that talk about the dogs' sad histories of neglect, illness, or accidents. That aside, just be prepared to field your kids' requests for a new furry friend of their own after they watch these heartwarming stories.
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