Ring in the New Year with a new season of DogTown starting Friday, January 1, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on the National Geographic Channel. The hit series returns with 10 new episodes that follow the rehabilitation of abandoned, neglected and misfit dogs at DogTown, the last-hope refuge that’s part of the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, the largest no-kill animal facility in the country.
With the recent economic downturn, many families are forced to give up their pets, even as shelters overflow. This season we meet Lucille, a sweet-natured shar-pei mix who was abandoned and left behind due to a home foreclosure crisis. Her health deteriorated, and now it’s up to the DogTown staff to give her a canine bailout. In January 2008 DogTown was entrusted with 22 of Michael Vick’s pit bulls. Now, as Vick attempts to start over, we document the story of former Vick dog, Handsome Dan, as he is transformed from an emotionally crippled pit bull into one with a chance of finding a loving home. The tolls of war affect not only people — and the team finds that out firsthand as they rehabilitate a shepherd mix who survived the Lebanon-Israel war. Also, as hard as it is for humans to lose weight, the challenge may be greater when it comes to a morbidly obese Chihuahua, so overweight she looks like she swallowed a pineapple!
On the front lines of each case is DogTown’s incredible team of trainers and veterinarians, including John Garcia, Michelle Besmehn, Sherry Woodard, Ann Allums, Pat Whitacre, Dr. Patti Iampietro and Dr. Mike Dix.
For more information, visit natgeotv.com/dogtown.