In celebration of its support for animals for 150 years, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) partnered with Animal Planet for a heartwarming show.
Premiering in April, the television network takes viewers behind the scenes of its Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in a special titled “Second Chance Dogs.” The series follows six pups on their journey from shelter pooch to finding a forever home.
According to a press release, these dogs are “rescued from hoarding cases, puppy mills and other atrocities” and “have lived their lives in constant fear and neglect, resulting in extreme distrust of humans and at times complete catatonia.”
After living through these extreme conditions, these dogs need behavioral training before they are ready to find an adoptive family. ASPCA has a team of experts based in New Jersey that assist with this training, giving them a second chance at life.
“Second Chance Dogs” is a one-hour special that premieres on Saturday, April 16 at 9 am ET during PETopia, which is Animal Planet’s pet-programming block. It’s produced by Dog Files Media and directed and edited by Kenn Bell.
In regards to ASPCA’s 150th Anniversary, the nonprofit organization is celebrating in other ways by commemorating all its tremendous achievements.
“The ASPCA is turning 150 this year, and it’s an incredible milestone that brings with it a long, storied history of progress and innovation in the fight against animal cruelty. From medical developments to field rescues to pioneering partnerships, we have broken new ground and accomplished much to be proud of.
But before we gallop headlong into the next 150 years, we want to take a moment to commemorate this occasion with a look back at some of the successes we—and our millions of supporters over the years—have achieved on behalf of abused, abandoned and neglected animals,” its website reads.
Check out all the memories from the animal-focused charity here.