Channel 4 has commissioned The Dog House, an eight part series lifting the lid on the dog home – a world in which the courtship between abandoned or unloved dogs and open hearted humans plays out.
The stories take place in an arena into which humans bring their hopes and histories, and open up their lives to a new four-legged friend who they hope will make their lives happier. And in which dogs find the care they have – up to now – been denied.
Wood Green, The Animals Charity in Cambridgeshire takes in hundreds of discarded, disowned or neglected dogs every year. The series will follow the 60 strong team who work to counter the worst of our throw-away society, and witness stories of canine rescue and restoral.
Their ultimate goal is to find each dog a forever home and a new human to love – but finding the right person for each dog takes experience, insight into human behaviour and a bit of luck.
Producers Five Mile Films will follow the dogs, from the moment they arrive at Wood Green, through to the matches, and all being well – into their new homes. And track their human saviours every step of the way along their parallel journey.
Charlotte Desai, Commissioning Editor said: “We’re often told that Brits are dog-lovers but, with over 100,000 dogs currently homeless, The Dog House will be a fascinating insight into the rehoming process.
“We hope to reveal not only a great deal about these dogs but also the lives of those seeking to adopt, as well as those seeking to leave dogs at a shelter.”