Animal Planet Ushers in a Pawsitively Happy Holiday with Six-Week Free Preview, Beginning December 1

— November 10, 2016

– Original Canadian series COLLAR OF DUTY and new series SECRET LIFE OF PETS premiere during Free Preview, plus the return of the Top 10 most-watched Animal Planet series, including TANKED, DR. DEE ALASKA VET, and TREEHOUSE MASTERS –
– Free Preview also features special sneak-peek episode of LIFE AT VET U during “Vet Week”, beginning Jan. 2 –


From (L-R): Veterinary student Lindsay Gallagher examines a cuddly patient in LIFE AT VET U; cat behaviourist Jackson Galaxy in new episodes of MY CAT FROM HELL

TORONTO (November 10, 2016) – This holiday season, Animal Planet invites viewers to discover some of the funniest, weirdest, and most touching moments the animal kingdom has to offer during a special Free Preview from Thursday, Dec. 1 through Tuesday, Jan. 10. Fueled by fascinating aspects of the animal world, Animal Planet’s Free Preview delivers a tail-waggingly terrific slate of programming, including beloved series SECRET LIFE OF PETS (Dec. 18), original Canadian series COLLAR OF DUTY (Jan. 6), as well as the Top 10 most-watched Animal Planet series, including TANKED, DR. DEE ALASKA VET, and TREEHOUSE MASTERS. Also on offer is a special sneak-peek episode of Animal Planet’s new series LIFE AT VET U (Jan. 5), which makes its way to the schedule in late January 2017. Animal Planet’s Free Preview is available through television service providers across Canada including: Bell, Bell Aliant, Cogeco, Eastlink, MTS, Rogers, SaskTel, Shaw, Shaw Direct, Telus, Videotron, and several CCSA partners including Access Communications, Westman Communications, Northwestel Inc., Tbaytel, Novus Entertainment, Wightman Telecom Ltd., Mitchell Seaforth Cable TV, and Mascon. Below is a chronological listing of Animal Planet programming highlights during its Free Preview. All programming is subject to change. DEE ALASKA VETNew Season Airing Fridays at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. ET From treating reindeer and moose to California King snakes and the family pet, caring for animals across the last frontier is a full-time job for Dr. Dee Thornell. In the all-new season of DR. DEE: ALASKA VET, Dr. Dee and her husband Ken spend much of their time traveling to remote villages – where there are often as many dogs as humans – to hold low cost spay and neuter clinics. In true Alaskan spirit, the couple get inspired to launch their own rescue service, flying unwanted and stray dogs by back to their hometown in Fairbanks to find forever homes. TREEHOUSE MASTERS – New Episodes Airing Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT Pete Nelson and his crew are back fulfilling sky-high dreams designing and building treehouses for people across the U.S. Nelson surprises deserving children with a magical escape and gives a group of teens an invaluable skill by teaching them how to build and create their own peaceful nooks in nature. TANKEDNew Episodes Airing Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. ET beginning Dec. 12 During Season 6, Wayde King, Brett Raymer, and the team pull off even crazier client requests, including building aquariums that double as a playable drum set, spew lava, and even move up and down on hydraulics. Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE) loved his custom shark tank so much that he’s requested a new home for his beloved pet octopus, and it’s up to King and Raymer to make a Fort Knox-like tank to prevent its escape. MY CAT FROM HELL – New Episodes Airing Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT beginning Dec. 10 Cat behaviourist Jackson Galaxy returns for a new season of MY CAT FROM HELL, travelling all over the U.S. assisting families who need help establishing a harmonious living situation with their cats. SECRET LIFE OF PETS – New series Airing Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT beginning Dec. 18 Howling tomcats. Hamsters with exercise addictions. Neurotic puppies. Animal Planet brings viewers a collection of informative, heartwarming, and humorous tales that reveal the unexpected truth about pets and their sometimes strange behaviours. Vet Week – Theme Week Airing weeknights starting at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT from Jan. 2-6 Animal Planet salutes veterinarians during an all-new theme week with programming exploring the day-to-day functions of veterinary practices that play vital roles in animal health and welfare. LIFE AT VET U – Sneak Peek, “No Sleep till Graduation”  Thursday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT In a special sneak-peek episode premiering during “Vet Week”, LIFE AT VET U takes viewers behind the scenes at the University of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) where six students embark on a journey to graduation – a culmination of four intense but rewarding years of never-ending studying, round-the-clock rotations, and unpredictable cases. COLLAR OF DUTY – New original Canadian Series Fridays at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT beginning Jan. 6 This new 12-part original Canadian series captures incredible true stories of service and therapy animals that are transforming people’s lives. In each episode, Animal Planet visits individuals living with a service/therapy animal to learn about their relationship and witness how each person’s life has dramatically improved thanks to their special animal. From prisons to courtrooms to classrooms, the series reveals the many ways animals are making a major impact on the humans who need them most.

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