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Shelter Me is an inspiring PBS series that celebrates the human-animal bond with uplifting stories about shelter pets.

The first five episodes of Shelter Me will debut online for the first time later this month here on enables anyone to create and share profiles of shelter pets.

Shelter Me also partners with animal welfare organizations to organize spay/neuter clinics, promote humane education programs and helps develop and implement life-saving projects directly at animal shelters.

Episode 6, “Shelter Me: Hearts & Paws,” is hosted by Kristen Bell and features award-winning artist Patrick McDonnell, creator of the popular MUTTS comic strip. With a pen and sketch pad, Patrick gets a close look inside Animal Care Centers of New York City (ACC) to find inspiring stories to share with his readers.

We also see a story about a dog that finds a new life after being given up at a shelter. And we visit the first cat café in the country which has partnered with Oakland Animal Services to provide a fun and innovative way to meet and adopt shelter cats.

“Shelter Me: Hearts & Paws” premieres on PBS in May.

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