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Tales from the Road

The Rescue Waggin' program gets some star power.

Animal Humane Society plays a starring role in a new eight-part documentary series that debuted online in March.

“Rescue Waggin’: Tales from the Road” follows 21 dogs on their journey from the Carthage (Mo.) Humane Society shelter to Golden Valley, where AHS staff and volunteers help them find new homes with loving families in Minnesota.

The series highlights Rescue Waggin’, a program operated by PetSmart Charities that picks up pets from shelters in communities where there are more dogs and puppies than can be placed through adoption. Rescue Waggin’ transports those animals to adoption centers in areas where adoptable dogs and puppies are in higher demand.

AHS is a primary destination for Rescue Waggin’ animals. “Last year, AHS helped find homes for nearly 6,000 dogs and puppies that arrived here through Rescue Waggin’ and other transport programs,” said Paul Sorenson, AHS digital strategy manager, who helped coordinate AHS’s involvement in the web series.

The documentary, produced by PetSmart Charities, actor Josh Duhamel, and Duhamel’s production company Dakotakid Media, includes cameos from celebrity pet adoption advocates including Kristen Bell, Adam Shankman and Bret Michaels, and significant footage shot at AHS.

Duhamel, who spent several days at AHS last November during production of the series, narrates the documentary and appears in several episodes.

Watch the documentary series online at