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MIPTV Picks ’09 – Special Needs Pets

When domestic animals are struck with debilitating illnesses, both physical and psychological, some families choose alternative means to deal with the maladies as opposed to putting their beloved pets down. Special Needs Pets shows a wide range of afflicted animals - from sexually dysfunctional parrots to mobility-challenged mutts - and the lengths their human benefactors will go to in order to keep them alive.
March 20, 2009


Over half of the households in the U.K. have pets, and all of those furry and fuzzy creatures doubtlessly hold a special place in their owners’ hearts. But when the animals are struck with debilitating illnesses, both physical and psychological, some families choose alternative means to deal with the maladies as opposed to putting their beloved pets down.
Special Needs Pets shows a wide range of afflicted animals – from sexually dysfunctional parrots to mobility-challenged mutts – and the lengths their human benefactors will go to in order to keep them alive. While the sight of a partially paralyzed rabbit scooting around in a custom-made wheelchair or a nappy-wearing hound could prompt a range of reactions, the viewer is ultimately struck by the caring and compassion of the families whose lives would be dramatically altered by the absence of their ailing animal friends.
Partners: Twenty Twenty (London) for Channel 4, distributed through Outright Distribution
Length: 1 x 60 minutes
Aired: November 20, 2008 (C4)
Rights available: All worldwide, excluding UK

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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