Shelter Me

Halo Sponsors PBS Film Series: “Shelter Me”

Shelter Me

Shelter Me was created to shed light on the many benefits of adopting animals out of the nation’s overwhelmed and under visited animal shelters. The current state of the American animal shelter system is dire; an estimated 6 to 8 million animals enter the nation’s shelters annually and, of that number, 3 to 4 million will be euthanized. Shelter Me focuses on the success stories to bring more people into local shelters to give these incredible animals a second chance.

“Through the Shelter Me television series, we hope to show the remarkable pets that are available in shelters across America – from loving family pets to animals that literally transform the lives of people,” says producer and director Steven Latham . “Shelter Me hopes to raise the profile and visibility of these incredible animals, inspiring the public to adopt shelter pets and to visit their local shelters to become more involved.”

Shelter Me is generously sponsored by Halo, Purely for Pets, the all-natural pet food company co-owned by Ellen DeGeneres , and PetSafe, an industry leader in pet lifestyle products. Latham sought sponsors that are dedicated to helping pets in need. In partnership with, Halo donates more than 1.5 million meals annually to shelter pets, and the Halo Pet Foundation provides grants to shelters across the U.S. Petsafe gives back to the community by sponsoring dog parks, rescue missions, adoption facilities and more. “Our sponsors’ participation is critical to the ongoing success of this mission,” says Latham. “We needed partners whose vision for shelter pets aligned with ours.”

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“Halo Sponsors PBS Film #5
“Shelter Me: Partners for Life” Hosted by Jon Hamm

Halo is proud to sponsor “Shelter Me: Partners for Life,” hosted by Emmy Award-winning actor Jon Hamm and featuring country music icon Emmylou Harris and the incredible work she’s doing to help at-risk youth and homeless pets in her community. There’s also a moving segment about fostering pets and a story about law enforcement agencies that recruit shelter dogs for their prestigious K9 units. Shelter Me is an inspiring series that celebrates shelter pets with positive and uplifting stories. Halo is the founding sponsor of the series.

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“Shelter Me: New Beginnings” Hosted by Allison Janney

“Shelter Me: New Beginnings,” the fourth episode of the inspiring national PBS series that celebrates shelter pets with positive and uplifting stories. Halo, dedicated to raising awareness about pet adoption, has also proudly sponsored the previous three episodes, each hosted by leading actors and animal advocates, including: Katherine Heigl, Jane Lynch, and Edie Falco.

Hosted by actor and animal advocate Allison Janney, the one-hour emotionally-charged fourth episode focuses on two stories, including an aircraft transport of 120 shelter dogs to loving homes as well as a nationally recognized animal trainer who is implementing a first of its kind doggie play groups in overcrowded city shelters.

The “Shelter Me” series was created by filmmaker Steven Latham, who wants to break down the negative perceptions and stigmas of public animal shelters and help people realize that shelter pets make the best pets.

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Halo Sponsors PBS Film #3
“Shelter Me: Second Chances” Hosted by Edie Falco

“Shelter Me: Second Chances,” hosted by Edie Falco, is presented by Halo, Purely for Pets.

This is the third episode in the inspiring series about shelter pets improving people’s lives.

In this film, we go inside a juvenile detention facility where teenage inmates learn how to train shelter dogs. The results bring a message of hope and provide life-long lessons.

A poet delivers an emotional performance about the impact shelter pets can have on our lives.

And a professional photographer takes a group of students into a shelter and shows how taking great pictures can get more pets adopted.

Shelter Me is about helping others and making a difference. We focus on the success stories to bring more people into the shelters to give these incredible animals a second chance.

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Halo Sponsors PBS Film #2
“Shelter Me: Let’s Go Home”, hosted by Actress and Animal Advocate, Jane Lynch

This film Illustrates Lives Positively Impacted By Shelter Dogs

The project’s creator, acclaimed filmmaker Steven Latham, wants to engage the public in finding solutions to put a stop to the nearly four million dogs and cats euthanized every year in the United States.

Actress and animal advocate Jane Lynch is hosting this episode of the one-hour, emotionally charged television special.

“Shelter Me: Let’s Go Home” premieres on PBS in April 2013 and features stories about shelter pets that went from rescued to rescuer. The episode follows individuals who have adopted shelter dogs and are now volunteering at a hospital. These once-forgotten dogs are now helping people heal by bringing comfort to patients and their families, not to mention joy to the doctors and nurses.

Shelter Me also shares the dramatic rescue of homeless puppies, an innovative mobile spay/neuter clinic and a family adopting a beautiful cat at an animal shelter.

Finally, the film also tells the amazing story about our hero firefighters who train shelter dogs for search-and-rescue. These teams have been to the World Trade Center and helped look for survivors in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Rita, Superstorm Sandy and the Joplin tornadoes. When a disaster strikes and people are buried, these search dogs will be the first on the scene to save you.

Latham’s production company approached Halo to be the sponsor because both the pet food company and co-owner Ellen DeGeneres are passionately dedicated to helping shelter pets. In 2010, Halo donated 1 million meals to shelter pets in conjunction with the U.S. Postal Servicer Adopt a Shelter program. Halo is also the official kibble sponsor of, a pet related trivia site that has donated more 8 million meals to shelter pets.

“It’s important to raise public awareness and increase shelter adoptions by showing first-hand how these incredible animals positively impact people’s lives,” said Steve Marton, CEO of Halo. “Our involvement in ‘Shelter Me’ is a reflection of Halo’s commitment to support animal shelters across America.”

“Halo’s participation in this film is fundamental,” said Latham. “I wanted to partner with an organization that is committed to making a difference for shelter pets. The work Halo does is incredible, authentic and completely in the spirit of this project.”

Latham has three of his own rescue dogs and often cares for foster dogs. An active shelter volunteer and advocate for homeless pets, Latham believes the key to increasing the number of pets adopted from shelters is awareness. “Most people don’t understand that there are exceptional dogs and cats sitting in shelters, just waiting for homes,” he said. “Shelter Me” is Latham’s way of educating the public and debunking misperceptions that shelter pets are “damaged” in some way. “This is one of the most important projects I’ve done,” he said.

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Ellen DeGeneres’ Pet Food Company, Halo, Sponsors New PBS Film, “Shelter Me”

Halo Sponsors Episode one of “Shelter Me,” hosted by Katherine Heigl

The “Shelter Me” series was created by filmmaker Steven Latham, who wants to break down the negative perceptions and stigmas of public animal shelters and help people realize that shelter pets make the best pets.

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