Ratings For American Rescue Dog Show Confirm – We Love Rescue Dogs!

The ratings for the first-ever American Rescue Dog Show (which was shown on February 19 on the Hallmark Channel) confirm what many of us already suspected…rescues are our favorite “breed” of dog. Thousands of viewers tuned in to watch the celebration of rescue dogs – so many in fact, that the ratings outperformed another long-running, well-known dog show that cares more about pedigrees and breed standards, than the important stuff…like which rescue dog has the best wiggle-butt, and who is the best listener.

 Bill Abbott, president & CEO, Crown Media Family Networks commented on the success of the rescue dog show:

“Pure bred dogs have been celebrated in a variety of dog shows for over a century but rescue dogs are remarkably special and we are proud to showcase them in this way. The American Rescue Dog Show’ will only grow in popularity and bring a new level of awareness to the wonderful dogs available in shelters each and every day.”

The top dog, who walked away with the Best in Rescue title (and a $25,000 prize for her rescue group), is 11-year-old Jackie, who was adopted from A Purposeful Rescue.

Jeremy Lee/Alexx Henry Studios/Courtesy Hallmark Channel

Lazarus, who loves playing AND sleeping, secured a $5,000 prize and the Best in Couch Potato title for his rescue organization,  Adopt A Saint.

Oreo, who adores balls, secured the Best in Fetching title and a $5,000 prize for his rescue organization, Forte Animal Rescue

Best in Fetching

Lizzie, a people lover who “plays to the camera,” secured the Best in Kissing title and a $5,000 prize for her rescue organization, Bullies and Buddies Rescue.

Head-tilting phenom Bertie Botts took home the title for Best in Listening and secured a $5,000 prize for her rescue organization,  Hope for Paws.

Best in Listening

Jackie (who took the overall Best in Rescue title) also secured the Best in Senior Dog prize.

Lovable Peaches secured the Best in Snoring title and a $5,000 prize for her rescue organization, Smiling Dog Rescue.

Handsome Charlie, who happens to be deaf, secured the best in Special Needs title and a $5,000 prize for his rescue organization, Animal Care Centers of NYC.

Yodeling Hazel secured the Best in Talking title and a $5,000 prize for her
rescue organization: Abandoned Animal Rescue.

Andy’s sweet smile secured the Best in Underbite title and a $5,000 prize for his rescue organization,  The Pixie Project.

Enthusiastic Betty took home the prize for Best in Wiggle Butt and a $5,000 prize for her rescue organization, Dream Team Angels Rescue.

Best in Wiggle Butt

Did you miss the show? You’re in luck! Click here to watch the 2018 American Rescue Dog Show on the Hallmark Channel.

Grants for the adoption organizations (listed for each winner) were generously donated by the Petco Foundation.

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Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at Examiner.com for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.


  1. Misty says:

    I loved this show. I also think they should have a prize for cutest dog, best trick and best athlete (agility, Frisbee etc.), smartest dog. This way people see that rescue dogs can be beautiful and smart and that there is nothing wrong with being a rescue dog.

  2. Elisha says:

    I missed most of it because I didn’t realize how early it started, but the last hour was great and I can’t wait till next year’s

  3. Helen Osbahr says:

    I thought it was the best dog show I ever seen., I wish it was on more offen, a show like that would be great.,can’t wait to next year to see it again.

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