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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
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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