A dog at BARCS

A dog at BARCS (Barbara Haddock Taylor / Baltimore Sun / December 13, 2011)

Pet lovers around the country tune in to the PBS series, “Shelter Me,” which celebrates shelter pets with uplifting stories about them. Soon, the series will feature homeless dogs and cats in Baltimore.

On Tuesday, June 24, Aimee Sadler, a nationally recognized animal trainer specializing in behavioral problems, will be at Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) hosting a doggie playdate, and a film crew will document the day for a future episode of the show.

Sadler will work with shelter staff members on the best ways to hold playdates between their dogs, who often don’t know each other very well, if at all. The goal is to reduce frustration for both animals and people and increase the happiness quotient for everyone. And when dogs are happier, more will be adopted.

“Shelter Me” premiers for the season in September on PBS. The episode filmed in Baltimore is tentatively scheduled to air in the middle of that month.