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Great American Family presents its first-ever Animal Rescue Telethon “To the Rescue Pup-A-Thon 2023” 

The Great American Family and the producers of the hit animal TV series, “To The Rescue,” are teaming up to raise money for animal rescue organizations via Forever Family Rescue Foundation, a 501c3, with its first annual, “To The Rescue Pup-A-Thon 2023.” Featuring dogs that are available for adoption around the country that have been waiting for a forever home, the event will be broadcast live nationally from Los Angeles on Great American Family from 12 PM-4 PM ET / 9 AM-1 PM PT this Sunday, February 12. In support of the upcoming event, the donation window is now live and people can pledge their support by texting LIVE to 801801.

“To the Rescue Pup-A-Thon 2023”

Great American Family - To the Rescue Pup-A-Thon 2023 

“What else are you going to watch on Sunday, February, 12? We know that television audiences are looking forward to a bigger-than-life television event, and we plan to deliver. We are thrilled to be able to bring together such a talented group of celebrities to raise awareness and funds for animal rescue.” – stated Habeeb, host and executive producer of the Pup-A-Thon  

The Pup-A-Thon will be hosted by Tommy Habeeb (host of “To The Rescue”), Mariel Hemingway, and Scott Baio. The broadcast will also feature the following celebrity guests and athletes: John O’ Hurley, Ray Crockett (NFL 2 X Super Bowl Champion), Isaiah Stanback (NFL STAR), Alison Eastwood (Actor and Director of Eastwood Ranch & Rescue), Ser’Darius Blain (Jumanji), Bruce Buffer (UFC and Mixed Martial Arts Announcer), Jen Lilley (Great American Family), Roger “Rocket” Clemens (NYY 2 X World Champ, 7 X Cy Young Award, 11 X All-Star), Rick Perry (Former Texas Governor), Donna D’Errico (Baywatch), Robert Colbert (The Young and the Restless, Maverick), Burton Gilliam (Blazing Saddles), Spud Webb (NBA Slam Dunk Champion), Cleto Escobedo III (band director, Jimmy Kimmel Live), G.W. Bailey (The Closer/Police Academy/Major Crimes), and Richy Jackson (Lady Gaga’s choreographer). Musical performances will include Country music legend John Anderson and The Womak Sisters (Sam Cooke’s daughters).

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Great American Family - Animal Rescue Telethon To the Rescue Pup-A-Thon 2023

“There is a prevailing myth that pet homelessness ended during the pandemic, but nothing could be further from the truth as it continues to be widespread throughout the country.  We are extremely proud to partner with Tommy Habeeb and Forever Family Rescue Foundation on Pup-A-Thon 2023 and hope that we are in some small way contributing to raising awareness and inspiring viewers to visit their local shelter and adopt a loving pet and to raise funding that will have a direct impact on the lives of homeless animals nationwide.” – stated Bill Abbott, President and CEO of Great American Media

The telethon is part of the Great American Family’s ongoing commitment to the health and well-being of pets in our communities, which also includes “Great American Rescue Bowl,” a rescue adoption event created in partnership with North Shore Animal League America and hosted by Beth Stern, airing this Sunday, February 12 at 10:30 AM ET / 7:30 AM PT with an encore presentation at 4 PM ET / 1 PM PT immediately following the telethon.  In total, the network will air seven consecutive hours of original programming dedicated to pet adoption and raising funds for local animal shelters.

To find Great American Family on local cable providers, people can visit and click on “Channel Finder” or text “WINTER” to 877-999-1225. The Pup-A-Thon will also be simulcast live on Great American Community, a free, direct-to-consumer streaming app available on iOS mobile, Android mobile, Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Google TV, and at To donate, kindly visit


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The nationally syndicated television series is hosted by Tommy Habeeb. He journeys across the U.S. to show how animal rescues and sanctuaries operate tirelessly, and against all odds, to save dogs and other animals from abuse, neglect, behavioral issues, and medical issues.  For more information, kindly visit


The mission of Forever Family Rescue Foundation is to help homeless animals find loving, permanent homes where they can live out their lives with the comfort and security of a forever family. Working together with public shelters, volunteers, and rescue organizations – they raise awareness for animal rescue and work to create a world where every animal is given a chance to find a home and live a happy life. Forever Family Rescue Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. For more information, please visit


Great American Family is America’s premiere destination for quality family-friendly programming, including original holiday movies, rom-coms, and fan-favorite series that celebrate faith, family, and country. The network is home to year-round seasonal celebrations including Great American Christmas, the network’s signature franchise featuring holiday-themed movies and specials. Founded in 2021, Great American Family is part of the Great American Media portfolio of brands. Follow Great American Family on Twitter @GAfamilyTV, Facebook @GAfamilytv, and Instagram @gactv.

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