No surprises other than how difficult it was for me to watch and I know how painful rescue is. I was ready to fly to Utah to get Porto, my kinda dog definitely. There is a surprise update about Remington (the hound that was adopted leaving Ruger (or was it Rutger?) behind at the BF website.
This series is about hope. As so rightly pointed out, a lot of dogs are taken out and shot (if lucky) or left to die of starvation, thirst, disease and trauma. Best Friends is about hope for what seems hopeless.
One animal at a time - we can make a difference. Yes, it is difficult to watch but what joy that these animals are finding forever homes. By the way, Best Friends is featuring full updates on after-the-show stuff at their website www.bestfriends.org.
According to National Geographic, they want our comments about how they are doing. This is the email addy they list: email@example.com
They will only continue the series if public response is positive. So far, I think they've filmed 3 episodes. I suspect given the previews, the second will be the hardest to date for me because they will be dealing with big dogs. My forte. Yes, I love all dogs but I don't share a heart tug with the little critters the way I do with the big guys. If you think it's tough watching 7 pint-sized dogs crammed into a metal kennel, you have to see a 70 pound dog living in the same cage 24/7. This is what puppy mills do routinely.
But I know there is BF and countless rescues and individuals across this Country who are fighting for one animal at a time. There is hope.