A New Dog Show Brings Much-Needed Attention To Overlooked Canines

We need to know who wins "Best in Snoring."

Move over, Westminster ... there's a new dog show in town.

The Hallmark Channel is hosting its first ever American Rescue Dog Show on February 19 to bring attention to shelter dogs across the country. Actress Rebecca Romijn and sports journalist Rich Eisen will host the show.

While the Westminster Dog Show only allows mixed-breed dogs to compete in its agility competition, breed is nothing but an afterthought at the American Rescue Dog Show. The dogs will compete in categories that range from "Best in Snoring" to "Best in Couch Potato." The top 10 winners will then compete in the "Best in Rescue" award, along with a chance to receive $75,000 in nonprofit grants from the Petco Foundation.

The show will also bring attention to how each dog overcame various obstacles to end up in their "forever home" with a loving family.

For Romijn, the American Rescue Dog Show is an effective way to get the word out about dog adoption.

"It's a chance to encourage people to 'adopt, not shop,' to showcase these unbelievable creatures and help end the epidemic of animal homelessness," Romijn said to People.  "A lot of people may not understand that there are so many beautiful dogs, pure breeds as well as mixed breeds, who need to be rescued."

According to the ASPCA, approximately 3.3 million dogs are placed in animal shelters per year and only about 1.6 million get adopted each year. 

Tune into the Hallmark Channel on February 19 at 8 p.m. Eastern Time to watch these rescue dogs shine.

Cover image: Matt Nelson / Unsplash

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