Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Animal Tales

Ages: 13 - 16Producer: Litton Entertainment Rating: TV G - General Audience

Heartwarming stories of animals and how they help people — and vice versa — are the soul of this series. Eva Larue (known for her work on CSI: Miami and All My Children) does a fine job of hosting segments that focus on uplifting stories of creatures of all kinds and the humans who take extraordinary steps to help them, work with them, care for them and sometimes learn from them.

For example, one segment features a San Antonio Zoo program for preschoolers, illustrating the value of introducing young children to animals to learn about their care and feeding at an early age. Another segment highlights a 12-year-old girl’s volunteer work with Dogs 4 Diabetics. And yet another shows the amazing resiliency of a three-legged horse who survived Hurricane Katrina to become a therapy horse for people. It will bring out the “aww” and the “awe” in any viewer.

Some animal shows are about vets, some about medical issues, some about training or adopting animals. This one just tells sweet stories designed to engage and inspire. The simple message: Be good to animals and they’ll be good to you.


Ann Oldenburg ©2020 Parents’ Choice

Ann Oldenburg, lecturer and assistant director of the journalism program at Georgetown University, writes about television, food, workplace issues and other pop culture topics. A University of Florida Gator with a degree in journalism, she began her career at The Washington Post and spent more than two decades with USA TODAY. She and her husband have three sons and live in McLean, Virginia.