These just in. First, from Animal Planet:
Time is running out for millions of animals across the country. In many southern states where spay-and-neuter laws aren’t readily enforced and tough economic times are forcing many people to choose between caring for themselves or their pets, the number of stray and abandoned dogs is soaring. Shelters plagued by overcrowding and a lack of resources are unable to provide these animals with one critical thing: time. So the race against the clock begins. Thanks to some incredible people who have dedicated themselves to beating that ticking clock, thousands of dogs every year are rescued and transported to the North, and most of us don’t even know that it’s happening.
On Saturday, June 19, at 8 PM (ET/PT), Animal Planet will change that as it shines the spotlight on two very special people on a mission and a network of volunteers as they fight to give dogs a second chance at life in LAST CHANCE HIGHWAY. This series follows Shelly Bookwalter and Kyle Peterson as they forge an alliance to give unwanted dogs across the South one last chance at survival. With the support of her family and friends, Shelly devotes her time and money to saving stray and unclaimed shelter dogs from a tragic fate. She spends hours finding and placing them with foster families, posting the available pets on Petfinder.com and interviewing potential owners; she successfully places close to 650 rescued dogs with loving families every year. Kyle works with Shelly and her volunteers to pick up adopted dogs to transport them to their new homes in the Northeast.
“LAST CHANCE HIGHWAY tells the story of passionate and determined individuals who come together on a mission to save and better the lives of abandoned and stray dogs. It’s a privilege to further their work and help save these animals,” says Marjorie Kaplan, general manager and president of Animal Planet. “People looking to adopt a pet are often hooked after just seeing a photo. Being there to witness that first face-to-face meeting and to see the impact that humans and dogs have on each other’s lives is incredibly powerful and something I think will inspire and entertain our viewers.”
And now, from the Bronx Zoo:
This weekend at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo is all about kids as the “Animal Tales Extravaganza” kicks into high-gear. Ten-year veterans of the children’s music scene, Dog On Fleas will get the crowd hopping from New York Life’s Main Stage on the zoo’s famous Astor Court, and the special children’s book readings continue at Asia Plaza with illustrator Chad Wallace reading from his latest book, Earth, and author/illustrator Marisabina Russo reading two of her recent works, A Very Big Bunny and The Bunnies are not in Their Beds.
Visitors will not only enjoy a weekend packed with live, family-oriented entertainment on New York Life’s Main Stage and the zoo’s Asia Plaza, but the zoo’s biggest celebrities – the three new African lion cubs – will be scampering about the lion exhibit at African Plains.
Over the course of the 13-weekend extravaganza, renowned children’s authors from notable publishers including HarperCollins, Little Brown Books for Young Readers, Macmillan, Penguin Group (USA), Random House Children’s Books, and Simon & Schuster will be hosting special story-time readings of their books at the Asia Plaza Theater. Families will be able to meet their favorite children’s book authors and listen to them read their new and classic works then head over to New York Life’s Main Stage on Astor Court for live entertainment by some of the top-rated children’s entertainers.
Kids can walk through larger-than-life pages of real books including The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle at the Butterfly Garden and Alphabet by Matthew Van Fleet at the Reptile House. At the Bear Overlook, walk through the new children’s book, Moon Bear, by Brenda Z. Guiberson and award-winning illustrator, Ed Young and enjoy a wild ride with Wild About Books by Judy Sierra at Astor Court. These interactive, walk-through book experiences have been underwritten by the publishers of the books featured; Penguin Group (USA), Simon & Schuster, The Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group and Random House Children’s Books.
The experience also includes an opportunity for children to make their own “animal tale” book and “animal tail” bookmark based on Big Babies, Little Babies, which is published by DK Publishing, one of the event sponsors.
For more info, visit www.bronxzoo.com or call 718-367-1010.