"Anybody who loves animals loves the program."
Co-hosting the show will be former mayor Ginger Bremberg and former
city treasurer Betty Evans.
Bremberg, who has adopted four dogs from the shelter, is the Humane
Society's newest board member. Evans has accepted the shelter's board
"[City Councilman] Dave Weaver set some pretty high standards for that
program, and I hope I can live up to them," Bremberg said. "I'll try real
hard to get all the animals adopted."
Weaver, the show's founder, was host from 1997 until earlier this
year, when a majority of the council voted to prohibit a councilman from
hosting the show.
Critics claimed Weaver used the show for political gain, a charge he
continues to refute.
"Anything that helps the animals I'm for," Weaver said Friday,
referring to the show's return. "People just don't realize how valuable
that show was to the city."
Weaver was replaced by Leslie Eppick, the shelter's former executive
director and a show co-host.
Eppick steered the show until she was placed on administrative leave
in September after allegations of mismanagement and animal abuse were
leveled at the shelter.
The 30-minute program will be taped every other week on Mondays, Wells
It will air at least twice a day, seven days a week, he said, adding
that time slots have yet to be determined.
Each program features 16 different animals, including dogs and cats,
along with background information.