Josh Duhamel Teams with PetSmart Charities to Help Homeless Dogs


As an actor he’s starred on the silver screen in hits like Transformers and Life As We Know It and on the small screen in Las Vegas and All My Children, and now through his real life role as an animal advocate Josh Duhamel is giving adorable adoptables the chance to lap up the limelight in Rescue Waggin’™: Tales from the Road.


Touched by the ongoing efforts of PetSmart Charities ™ Rescue Waggin’ program to put homeless pets on the path to a brighter tomorrow, the star’s production company (Dakotakid Media) has launched an eight-part web series which showcases shelter dogs as they travel hundreds– sometimes even thousands– of miles to find forever pet parents to love.


“Adopting my dachshund, Meatloaf, changed my life,” Josh Duhamel revealed as he discussed the canine companion who ignited the actor’s passion for compassion toward animals who need a new lease on life. “He was a clumsy little dude with horrible breath — but we adored him.”

“I tell anybody who’s going to get a pet that adoption is the only way to go, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because they make incredible pets. I’m honored to partner with PetSmart Charities to help share the joy of pet adoption with others.”

Fans of Fidos and famous faces will also spot some Spot-loving stars over the course of the series, with Kristin Bell, Adam Shankman and rocker Bret Michaels appearing in cameos with canines.

Under the direction of Josh Duhamel and Jude Weng, each Monday in March new Rescue Waggin’: Tales from the Road webisodes will debut, taking animal lovers on a virtual journey through the transportation process from beginning to end as the Rescue Waggin’ vehicles trek up to 3,000 miles each week.

“The Rescue Waggin’ program is an extension of our adoption program and unites animal shelters from across the country in an effort to avoid euthanizing healthy, adoptable dogs,” said Jan Wilkins, executive director of PetSmart Charities, Inc. “We are excited to show the world how our Rescue Waggin’ program gives thousands of beautiful dogs and puppies a second chance at life.”


PetSmart Charities Rescue Waggin’ program, which is sponsored by Blue Buffalo™ and Sergeant’s Pet Care Products, has saved the lives of more than 70,000 homeless dogs ands puppies since its start in 2004.

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Photo Credit: Sherrie Buzby/PetSmart Charities

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Grace Sydney is the Assistant Editor of and, covering celebrity-related rescue news. She operates the @HollywoodDogs Twitter account sharing information on celebrity fundraising for rescues and shelters.