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Senior Dog and Helen Woodward Animal Center Dog to compete in American Rescue Dog Show!


While young athletes from around the world receive broadcast attention competing for gold, a senior athlete of the fuzzier-kind gets his time to shine on national television this coming Monday night. Sammy, an 8-year old, Boston Terrier-blend and Helen Woodward Animal Center rescue will compete for the title of “Best Fetcher” on Hallmark Channel’s AMERICAN RESCUE DOG SHOW, proving that senior canines can go paw-to-paw with the pups.

Sammy, originally named Pop, was adopted from Helen Woodward Animal Center in 2010 by the Tosheff family, including mom and dad, Lauren and Alex, and sisters Abigail, Kelly and Tara. At a very young age, Sammy displayed his athletic proclivity, preferring his ball over all other toys. In fact, Sammy overcame his fear of swimming when he was given the opportunity to fetch his ball out of the water.

The premiere one-of-a-kind, three-hour special, slated to light up your President’s Day, will feature 52 shelter dogs from across the country vying for top dog in the world’s most adorable categories.


Center rescue pet, Sammy, is ready to strut his stuff on the Hallmark Channel, this Monday, February 19th @ 8:00pm PT. 

The “2018 American Rescue Dog Show” is part of the Hallmark Channel’s cross-platform campaign “Adoption Ever After”, aimed at raising the profile of shelter pets. During the star-studded three-hour special, canines from various shelters and rescues will compete for grants for their alumni shelters from the Petco Foundation.

The goal of the show is to inspire viewers to adopt their next dog from their local shelter or rescue organization. The show is partnering with to encourage local pet adoption.

Learn more about the Helen Woodward Animal Center here.


Rescue. Foster. Donate. Adopt. 

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