Dog lovers get ready – on Monday (February 19, 2018 at 8 p.m. ET/PT) the Hallmark Channel is featuring its first-ever American Rescue Dog Show. Though the setting may resemble the Westminster, this unique dog show is not about breed standards or impressive pedigrees – it is a venue to celebrate the perfectly imperfect traits that make rescue dogs so beautiful.
Executive Producer Michael Levitt, whose team worked to make this adorable dog show a reality, told Shelter Me, “as a television producer and a dog rescuer, I’m on cloud nine to bring these two worlds together.”
The joyful show, hosted by Rebecca Romijn and Rich Eisen, features 10 fun categories which showcase just some of the many things that make rescue dogs so lovable. Viewers will see rescue dogs vying for the top spot in each of the following categories: Best in Couch Potato, Best in Wiggle Butt, Best in Underbite, Best in Talking, Best in Snoring, Best in Senior Dog, Best in Fetcher, Best in Kissing, Best in Special Needs and Best in Listener.
Celebrity judges Linda Blair, Rick Springfield,Brandon McMillan, Ross Matthews, Andrea Arden and Larissa Wohl will be judging 52 dogs who are competing in the various categories, and the top 10 dogs will be facing off in the finals until one lucky pooch is crowned “Best in Rescue.” Thanks to the Petco Foundation, semi-finalists will receive $5,000 for their rescue facility of origin, and the ultimate Top Dog, who secures the “Best in Rescue” title, will receive $25,000 for their rescue group.
Susanne Kogut, Executive Director of the Petco Foundation said:
“We are proud to be part of an effort that highlights the great attributes of rescue dogs and further promotes adoption of these wonderful canines. Helping the organizations save these dogs every single day is what we are all about at the Petco Foundation.”
Bill Abbott, President and CEO, Crown Media Family Networks, said:
“We are proud to honor rescue pets and raise awareness of how truly special these animals are. There are beautiful animals available at local shelters and we encourage our viewers to choose adoption through our pet programming, which is at the heart of our brand.”
Levitt is more than a television producer and dog rescuer – he is also the proud owner of two rescue dogs (Trooper and Nelson). As such, he is hopeful that the 2018 American Rescue Dog Show will inspire Hallmark Channel viewers to be inspired by the show’s message, that rescue dogs are “all heart and full of personality.” Levitt told Shelter Me that he hopes viewers will turn to their significant other while watching the show and say, “we need to be part of the solution by adopting a pet, rather than buying a dog from a breeder or a pet store.” AdoptAPet.com will be showcased throughout the show as a valuable resource for people who are inspired to adopt their next companion.
Tomorrow night is the time for these rescue dogs to shine – Levitt hopes that droves of dog lovers will be tuning in for an evening of heartwarming entertainment. If the show is a success, it will likely be the first of many for years to come – he said, “My hope is that anybody that loves dogs will support the show by tuning in because if it is successful, this will be on for many years to come and it’s such a crucial platform to give a voice to the animals.”
Check out the American Rescue Dog Show contenders here.
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