Known as TV’s home to family-friendly entertainment, the Hallmark Channel will showcase shelter dogs in need of a forever home on the 2018 American Rescue Dog Show, airing February 12.

Rebecca Romijn acts as host of the event:

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Recently filmed at The Fairplex in Pomona, California, an array of animal-loving luminaries who are accustomed to receiving the applause of fans clapped for the skills of shelter dogs as they displayed their talents in such categories as:

Best in Snoring
Best in Talking
Best in Kissing
Best Couch Potato
Best in Wiggle Butt
Best Special Needs Dog
Best Senior Dog

The top 10 tail-waggers will face off in the finals, with one fortunate Fido chosen Best in Rescue. The Petco Foundation is providing $75,000 in non-profit grants to the winners, and viewers will be encouraged to find their next furry family member at a shelter as will be showcased throughout the program.

Rick Springfield, who took to social media to show off one of the show’s adorable adoptables, was among the celebrity judges to choose the event’s top dogs:

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Along with highlighting the abilities of our buddies who bark, the program will also air heartwarming stories of courageous canines who have overcome the odds to be rescued and find their forever pet parent.

Actress Linda Blair, who helps dogs in need on a daily basis as the founder of the Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation, also stepped into the role of a celebrity judge:

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The high-profile pals to those with paws who used their star wattage to shine a spotlight on the subject of pet adoption included the event’s host, actress Rebecca Romijn, as well as celebrity judges Linda Blair, Rick Springfield, dog trainer Brandon McMillan of Lucky Dog fame, Ross Mathews and Carrie Ann Inaba.

Lucky Dog star Brandon McMillan posing with a canine competitor:

The official mascot of the 2018 American Rescue Dog Show is the Hallmark Channel’s own goodwill ambassador, Happy the Dog. Himself a former shelter dog, Happy (you might have seen in the 2017 Hallmark Channel presentation Love at the Shore) is a certified therapy dog and emotional support animal for sick children.

Actress Rebecca Romijn on the red carpet with Hallmark Channel’s official ambassador, Happy the Dog:

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Adoption Ever After

Giving an additional meaning to its slogan “The Heart of TV,” The Hallmark Channel has announced that the network is rededicating its devotion to a cause that touches everyone’s heart– finding forever families for homeless dogs and cats to love. The channel’s Pet Project campaign, which was launched in 2012, has been transformed into Adoption Ever After, which will aid the effort to end common misconceptions surrounding shelter animals and encourage potential pet parents to choose the option of adoption.

Ross Mathews, who adopted a Chihuahua with special needs in 2017, met some of the participating pups on the red carpet:

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As the campaign grows Crown Media will partner with compassionate companies and brands to further raise awareness of shelter animals. The initiative also includes airing such popular adoption-themed programs as Kitten Bowl, the Hero Dog Awards, daily pet adoption segments on Home & Family, and the upcoming special the American Rescue Dog Show.

Larissa Wohl provides commentary for the adoption-themed presentation:

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The 2018 American Rescue Dog Show airs February 12th at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The Hallmark Channel.

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