Adoption Ever After News
October 10, 2019
Passionate animal advocate and pet rescue hero Kristin Chenoweth was recently honored with Hallmark Channel’s 2019 Adoption Ever After Award. The award, which recognizes individuals who make exceptional contributions in the area of animal rescue and pet adoption, was presented by long-time Chenoweth friend and fellow animal lover, Sarah Michelle Gellar, at the 2019 “American Humane Hero Dog Awards” Saturday night in Beverly Hills, California. “American Humane Hero Dog Awards”, celebrating seven remarkable dogs who have changed, saved, and enriched lives, premieres as part of Hallmark Channel’s Adoption Ever After initiative on Monday, October 21 at 8pm/7c.
In a heartfelt acceptance speech at Saturday’s gala from the stage of The Beverly Hilton, Chenoweth talked about being adopted herself and the many rewards she has experienced over the years in adopting dogs. She also opened up about a personal illness she rarely addresses in public and how her current rescue, Thunder Pup, warns her of imminent attacks.
“My mom and dad adopted me as a baby and they’ve always told me that they made the choice to adopt and have taught me about the importance of adoption. I thought maybe when I grow up, I’ll adopt a child. Well, I didn’t adopt a child, but I have adopted many dogs and [my current dog], Thunder Pup, has brought me much joy,” she said. “A little- known fact that I don’t talk about much – [is] that I have Meniere’s disease. It causes vertigo and inner ear problems. And when I rescued [Thunder Pup], she rescued me, because in the morning, on days when I’m going to have vertigo, she wakes me up [pawing] and says, ‘it’s going to be one of those days.’ She sticks by me on planes, she sticks by me in bed, she sticks by me in life. So, really my award goes to my dog Thunder Pup. As I said to my mom and dad, ‘you didn’t know what you were going to get.’ And my dad said, ‘we won the lottery.’ Well, I said, ‘I won the lottery with my dog.’”
Beth Stern, author, television personality, and North Shore Animal League America Spokesperson, was the 2018 recipient of the Adoption Ever After Award.
August 14, 2019
THE LOVE OF DOGS BENEFIT CONCERT
Hallmark Channel and PEDIGREE Foundation will team up for a television special to help the millions of shelter and rescue dogs across the country find loving homes. The event will bring together country artists Lee Brice, Hunter Hayes and Easton Corbin for The Love of Dogs Benefit Concert at the Country Music Hall of Fame CMA Theater on Thursday October 10th at 7:30pm.
The concert special, hosted by Hallmark Channel’s Larissa Wohl, will help raise much needed grant funds for PEDIGREE Foundation as part of Hallmark Channel’s Adoption Ever After initiative. The initiative has helped over 35,000 pets find their forever homes. To further raise awareness, the show will air on Hallmark Channel on Monday, October 21st.
August 6, 2019
AMERICAN HUMANE HERO DOG AWARDS - VOTING OPEN
Now through noon PT on September 9, 2019, you can vote for your favorite American Humane Hero Dog. The nominee's include Military Dog, Yeager; Guide and Hearing Dog, Leader Dog Lady; Service Dog, Alice; Search and Rescue Dog, Piglet; Therapy Dog, Jeanie; Shelter Dog, Gus and Law Enforcement / Arson Dog Dax.
Look for the American Humane Hero Dog Awards coming soon to Hallmark Channel.
HALLMARK CHANNEL NAMES REBECCA ROMIJN AS AMBASSADOR OF ADOPTION EVER AFTER
Hallmark Channel announced that Rebecca Romijn will serve as the network’s ambassador of Adoption Ever After, the network’s corporate pet initiative. Adoption Ever After is committed to educating the public about the many rewards of pet adoption in hopes of inspiring viewers to open their homes and hearts to shelter pets.
As the initiative’s spokesperson, Rebecca Romijn will work to enhance and increase awareness towards the cause. Hallmark Channel works in collaboration with the country’s leading animal rescue and welfare organizations, activists, distribution and advertising partners and celebrity influencers in order to support the mission. Hallmark Channel’s Adoption Ever After aims to dismantle common misconceptions about shelter animals, provide resources, inspire the public to adopt and ultimately put an end to this country’s epidemic of pet homelessness.
Adoption Ever After is part of a 360-approach that also includes off-air elements, grassroots efforts, social media outreach and strategic corporate partnerships. In addition, Hallmark Channel’s two shelter pet mascots, Happy the Dog and Happy the Cat, continue to embody the beauty, intelligence and lovability of adopted pets on-air and through public appearances.
HALLMARK CHANNEL EXPANDS PET INITIATIVE ADOPTION EVER AFTER
WITH NEW ORIGINAL SPECIAL ‘CAT BOWL’
AND RENEWS ITS ANNUAL ‘AMERICAN RESCUE DOG SHOW’
Hallmark Channel announced the network will create a new pet-centric original special, “Cat Bowl,” as part of the network’s growing pet initiative ADOPTION EVER AFTER. “Cat Bowl” will feature adult cats and seniors playing a feline Hall of Fame game, Saturday, February 2, 2019. The program is a precursor to the 6th annual “Kitten Bowl” where 100+ kittens take to the field in the Feline Football Championship. Earlier this year, KITTEN BOWL LIVE was the main attraction at Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis with thousands of eager fans lining up to watch kittens play ball, but more importantly, to win the ultimate trophy: a loving, forever home through adoption. All kittens who played the game were adopted, as well as, many adult cats from Minneapolis Animal Care & Control. All of the adult cats and seniors from “Cat Bowl” will be adopted as well, bringing the total of animals adopted since “Kitten Bowl” first premiered in 2014 to more than 14,000. North Shore Animal League America is Hallmark Channel’s partner in all feline-related specials.
Hallmark Channel also announced its inaugural installment of “American Rescue Dog Show” successfully competed against (and bested) the best known pure breed dog show in the world. Hallmark Channel will make “American Rescue Dog Show” an annual event with the second installment airing in February 2019. “American Rescue Dog Show” is distinguished from other national championship dog shows by showcasing shelter dogs in all the categories that matter: Best Wiggle Butt, Best Underbite, Best Sofa Sleeper, and more. All of the animals competing in “American Rescue Dog Show” were adopted to loving homes.