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SHELTER ME: Second Chances

Airs Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: SHELTER ME "Second Chances," hosted by Edie Falco (pictured with her dogs), is the third episode in the inspiring series about shelter pets improving people's lives.

SHELTER ME is an inspiring series that celebrates shelter pets with uplifting stories. The third episode, "Second Chances," hosted by Edie Falco, shows how these pets improve people's lives when given the opportunity.

The first story is about incarcerated juveniles whose lives are changed by their interaction and connection with shelter dogs. The detention center is adjacent to a public animal shelter. Dogs are paired up with the kids who are then responsible for training and taking care of them 24/7. The dogs are then adopted by people in the community at a ceremony inside the prison. The kids are forever changed. They learn empathy, responsibility and other life skills.

Courtesy of SHELTER ME TV

"Let's Go Home," a poem written and performed by Steve Connell (pictured) for episode three of SHELTER ME, reminds us all about the amazing pets in our shelters that are waiting for loving homes.

SHELTER ME Video Contest

Congratulations to the winners!

First place: "Saving lives, one photo at a time" by Sherry Stinson

Second place: "Be Happy Together" by Tony Zeng

Third place: "Behind the Bars" by Janet Litton

Watch the videos

Renowned street poet, Steve Connell, performs an original piece about shelters being a place of hello, not a place of goodbye (watch it below!). This moving piece, filmed in an empty shelter, shows a world of possibilities when people get involved with their local shelters.

This powerful episode concludes with a professional photographer teaching volunteers and the public how to take a great picture of a shelter pet. This fun, upbeat segment shows why taking great photos can make all the difference in getting people to visit their local shelter and adopt a new family member.

Every year, 3-4 million dogs and cats are euthanized in America's shelters. SHELTER ME focuses on the success stories to show what happens when these incredible animals are given a second chance. SHELTER ME is about hope, helping others and making a difference.

SHELTER ME is on Facebook, and you can follow @ShelterMeTV on Twitter. To pre-order the DVD, email info@ShelterMe.com

This series is presented by Ellen DeGeneres' company, Halo, Purely for Pets.

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SHELTER ME: Second Chances Preview

Above: This is the third episode in the inspiring series about shelter pets improving people's lives. It is presented by Ellen DeGeneres' company, Halo, Purely for Pets.

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Inspiring Poem About Shelter Pets From SHELTER ME

Above: SHELTER ME is an inspiring TV series that celebrates shelter pets with positive and uplifting stories. "Let's Go Home," a poem written and performed by Steve Connell for episode three "Second Chances," reminds us all about the amazing pets in our shelters that are waiting for loving homes. Halo, Purely for Pets, Ellen DeGeneres' natural pet food company, is the proud sponsor of every episode of SHELTER ME.