Amanda Holden: ‘Give A Pet A Home is about happy endings!’

By now we all know presenterAmanda Holden isn't afraid to let her emotions show...

But while she thinks there will be plenty of tears in ITV’s six-part series, Give A Pet A Home (Wednesdays), the Britain’s Got Talent star is also guaranteeing viewers will witness many happy endings, which they can be part of in real life!

Amanda said: “The series is going to show the every day work of the volunteers who help to rescue and re-home unwanted and abused animals. Although there will be some tear-jerking stories along the way we’re also going to have a lot of fun watching the celebrities get stuck in. In the end it’s a show about happy endings – we want to unite as many pets as we can with new owners.”

Julian Clary, Peter Andre, Chris Kamara, Coleen Nolan, Olympian Denise Lewis and ex-Pussycat Doll, Kimberly Wyatt, all ditch the glitz and glamour of their daily lives, to get down and dirty at Newbrook Farm Animal Centre in Birmingham.

First the famous faces are put through their paces on an intensive training period by the expert RSPCA staff. Then the heartbreaking work begins for real, as they help the staff rescue and care for animals who’ve suffered neglect and cruelty. From mucking out to going on emergency calls, the stars are exposed to all the realities of working for the RSPCA.

But while tears are a given, each show in the six-part series will see a selection of the rescued animals put up for adoption - with viewers encouraged to apply to give the rescued pets a lovely new life!

Amanda added: “As Brits we are the land of the underdog and the land of pets, I think we really appreciate the loyalty and the love animals give back. It’s only a small minority of people who mistreat animals whereas the majority I hope will watch it and think they can give something back by giving a pet a home.

“It’s not just cats and dogs it’s horses, ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds anything really and you’ll see how everything within the RSPCA operates from the ground up. I just hope that every week we’ll have a happy ending and we find lots of homes for otherwise unwanted animals!”

Elaine Reilly
Writer for TV Times, What’s On TV, TV & Satellite Week and What To Watch

With twenty years of experience as an entertainment journalist, Elaine writes for What’s on TV, TV Times, TV & Satellite Week and covering a variety of programs from gardening and wildlife to documentaries and drama.


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