9Network and Context Media are thrilled to announce the return of the heart-warming animal care docuseries FOR THE LOVE OF PETS. Cameras are now rolling on the series, which has found a new home in Brisbane with the RSPCA Qld, and Queensland Veterinary Specialists and Pet Emergency joining as partners.
Shot in stunning 4K, the series will follow a cast of passionate and colourful characters at RSPCA Qld and QVS/Pet Emergency who devote their lives to the animals in their care, from vets performing life changing surgeries to the re-homing team working tirelessly to care for and re-home thousands of animals each year.
Situated halfway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, RSPCA's sprawling 'Wacol' campus is one of the most significant animal welfare facilities in the southern hemisphere. Housing an Adoption Centre, 24/7 Hospital for domestic and wildlife animals and a 24-hour call centre co-ordinating animal rescues, Wacol is the nerve centre for operations across Queensland, giving FOR THE LOVE OF PETS audiences an unparalleled, behind the scenes peek into the organisation's incredible work caring for over 45,000 animals each year.
RSPCA Queensland Spokesperson Emma Lagoon says, "As a predominately community funded charity, our compassionate supporters help our dedicated staff and volunteers change lives every day. Our RSPCA team are driven to do everything they can to ensure the animals of Queensland get the second chances they truly deserve.
"It's an honour to be able to showcase their stories and encourage animal lovers to support the incredible work that goes on behind the scenes at the RSPCA. We can't wait to showcase our amazing animals and hope to inspire others to consider adopting their next animal companion and support the great work our teams do in any way they can."
Closer to the city, Queensland Veterinary Services, a state-of-the-art specialty surgery and emergency hospital in Brisbane, tackles a never-ending flow of animals in need through their doors. From injured dogs to puppies raiding rubbish bins, newborn kittens fighting for their life, to rescued and injured wildlife, the vets and nurses at QVS Pet Emergency contend with it all. Using highly advanced medical equipment, the team is equipped to handle the most delicate and complex medical procedures that our beloved pets face.
Dr. Rebekah Donaldson, QVS critical care specialist and one of Pet Emergency's clinical directors said, "Seeking emergency care for your sick pet is a stressful and emotional time. We are grateful to be able to share the amazing work of our vets, nurses and support team members across our emergency and specialist departments. Being able to highlight the cutting-edge care and compassion afforded to the animals in our care is a privilege. We hope sharing this journey helps ease the natural worry of admitting a beloved pet into hospital whilst identifying the advanced ways we can aid them on their path to recovery."
FOR THE LOVE OF PETS Season 2 (8 x 1 hours) has been financed by Omnicom Media Group subsidiary, OMnet Australia for the 9Network Australia and is executive produced by Context Media's Peter Jenetsky and Tim Clucas, alongside series producer, Ian Withnall.
Context Media managing director and executive producer Peter Jenetsky is delighted to be working with RSPCA and QVS Pet Emergency. Jenetsky said, "Both are fantastic production partners who have opened the doors to their organisations to allow our cameras to capture the high-level drama of animal emergencies in real time, to the heart-warming journeys of homeless animals into the loving arms of a new family. Our global audience will laugh, cry, and be endlessly fascinated by the work of the wonderfully dedicated and passionate group of caring veterinary, rescue and welfare professionals who each and every day strive to transform and save the lives of animals in need."
Escapade Media will again handle international distribution and sales, with the first season currently selling strongly around the globe to international networks including in the US, UK and New Zealand, Season 2 is on track to further expand the worldwide audience footprint.
Escapade Media managing director, Natalie Lawley, said, "Escapade has worked strategically across this brand and looks forward to announcing prime time sales shortly. The continuation of the brand supports our believe that FOR THE LOVE OF PETS has a very strong point of difference within the marketplace, along with the excellent production values, results in a very strong offering globally."
FOR THE LOVE OF PETS Season 2 will be coming soon to the 9Network.