Tonight at 9 p.m. EST on National Geographic - Best Friends Dog Town is being featured. If the reviews and public consumption is positive, they will continue to air the series and, as I understand it, will enhance to cover more of Best Friends which handles every domestic animal and a few nondomestics.
One thing you gotta know going in, Best Friends allows dogs to be dogs. Dogs are assessed based on their personality traits. For instance, how they interact with other dogs, males, females, humans, cats, etc.
They are healthy, have the best vet care and nutrition and are safe from predators, abuse and the dangers faced by abandoned animals of starvation, cruelty, and accidents. Equally important, those that have no chance at future adoption have a chance to live. I maintain, as I have all the years I've worked with dogs in particular, that the happiest dog is not the most pampered but the dog that is allowed to be a dog without endangering itself or others. (Not that pampering isn't nice too).
Delaware has a group of people that are trying to build a BF-type shelter (Safe Haven) and actually visited Utah in making up their plans. All I can say is it is about time! We are the most backwards state in this regard. A lot of rescue groups for the Mid Atlantic Region won't even include Delaware because our laws and attitudes have been so poor about animal neglect and rescue. I can honestly say things have changed a great deal in the last 10 years, thank goodness, but we've a long way to go.
I hope NG covers some of the background of BF, including how Dogtown came to be built in the first place. There have been some amazing contributors, financial and otherwise, to BFs, including a single donation for $500,000 which was then mostly matched by other members.
I just hope that NG will do their usual fantastic journalistic work and really get to the heart of what BF does so that others will be inspired to either get involved or start a rescue movement where ever they are in this world.