During Animal Planet’s new two-part special, “Pet Nation Renovation,” two shelters will receive complete makeovers providing animals with a more comfortable atmosphere while awaiting their new families and homes. After the renovations are complete, each shelter holds a local adoption event. Part one of the show premiered in mid-September while the second episode will air later this fall.
Hosted by animal expert and home renovation enthusiast Dave Salmoni, the Pet Nation Renovation team, which includes the animal shelter renovation experts from “Project Pawsitive,” transforms two locations: Bandit’s Adoption and Rescue of K-9s (BARK) in Ashland, Va., and Michigan Animal Rescue League (MARL) in Pontiac, Mich.
On the first episode, the Pet Nation Renovation team works on BARK’s transformation for four weeks, with the final product including state-of-the-art kennels, an agility dog park, and cost-saving improvements. An on-site adoption event at the welcoming new facility helps dogs find new homes, with celebrity dog groomer Jorge Bendersky and animal adoption expert Jill Rappaport on hand to make sure the dogs look their best and are matched with compatible families.