Martha Speaks is partnering with the Humane Society of the United States to celebrate the great work done by animal shelters around the country, encourage people to support their local shelters, and help people choose and care for pets responsibly.
On Martha Speaks, Martha is a shelter dog who is adopted by Helen and her family, but the real Martha was a stray taken in by Susan Meddaugh, who went on to write the Martha Speaks book series. “What if we hadn’t adopted Martha? We would have missed so much” Susan says, “And it makes me sad to think of all the dogs in shelters, and all the love and surprises they could bring to a forever home of their own.” Many Martha Speaks episodes incorporate information on how to treat animals humanely and support animal shelters.
Help Shelter Animals and Share Your Story on Facebook!
Visit the Martha Speaks website at pbskids.org/martha to learn how you can help shelter animals and to find out what you need to know if you are thinking about adding a four-legged friend to your family. Already adopted a shelter animal? Visit theMartha Speaks Facebook page by clicking the icon to the right, or visitng facebook.com/PBSmarthaspeaks to share your story of how a shelter animal changed your family’s life.
Tune in for a Brand New Shelter Dog Episode
America’s favorite talking dog returns this fall with a special week of episodes about adding a four-legged friend to your family beginning Monday, October 3 on PBS KIDS (check local listings). On Monday in the all-new episode “Carolina Picks a Lily,” Carolina adopts a new puppy named Lily…because it matches her purse! When the gang points out the pup won’t stay pocketbook-sized for long (check out those paws!), she regrets her impulsive adoption. Tune in as Martha teaches Carolina about responsible pet ownership and helps Carolina find Lily a forever home. Learn about shelter dogs and responsible pet care in this episode and more all week long on Martha Speaks.
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