Josh Duhamel Produces Web Series to Help Shelter Pets

Thursday, April 17, 2014
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One of the first projects for actor Josh Duhamel's production company, Dakotakid Media, is a Web series that follows homeless dogs as they travel thousands of miles for a better chance of being adopted.

Duhamel teamed up with PetSmart Charities® to create "Rescue Waggin': Tales from the Road," an eight-episode series that includes cameos from celebrity pet adoption advocates like Kristen Bell and Bret Michaels.

PetSmart Charities' Rescue Waggin', a cross-country transport program, has saved more than 70,000 dogs since it launched in 2004.

Duhamel learned about the program last year and vowed to use Dakotakid Media to raise awareness and funding for it.

"Adopting my dachshund, Meatloaf, changed my life," he said in a news release. "He was a clumsy little dude with horrible breath - but we adored him."

Also see: How to save lives at a shelter near you

Duhamel's Web series will follow dogs and puppies in overcrowded shelters as they're transported to communities where adoptable pets are in demand.

Two new episodes will be available for viewing at every Monday in March.

"I tell anybody who's going to get a pet that adoption is the only way to go, not just because it's the right thing to do, but because they make incredible pets," Duhamel said.

You can watch the first episode of "Rescue Waggin': Tales from the Road," here.

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