October 29, 2007 / 8:09 AM / 10 years ago

Animal Planet adopts "Petfinder" series

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Animal Planet has begun production on a weekly primetime series based on pet-adoption Web site Petfinder.com, which the network acquired last year.

A screen grab of PetFinder.com. Animal Planet has begun production on a weekly primetime series based on pet-adoption Web site Petfinder.com, which the network acquired last year. REUTERS/www.petfinder.com

Similar to the site, “Petfinder” will aim to match families with pets — ranging from pythons to pigs to puppies — from local animal shelters.

The 13-part hourlong series, set to debut in first-quarter 2008, will be co-hosted by wildlife expert Jarod Miller, who has appeared on such talk shows as “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” and “Rachael Ray,” and dog trainer Dina Zaphiris, who has schooled the dogs of Al Pacino, Bruce Willis and Nicolas Cage.

The co-hosts will help find the perfect match between animals and people by introducing them to “teacher pets” who have been adopted into other homes but are temporarily placed in the “Petfinder” family homes to help them find the pet that best fits their lifestyle.

Marjorie Kaplan, the channel’s GM, said the show will contain comedic and dramatic elements as it delves into the stories of the families looking for pets and the animals themselves.

“Petfinder” is shooting in and around Los Angeles.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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