Channel 5 today announces the return of the Help The Animals appeal for a second consecutive year following last year’s successful launch, which raised a grand total of over £800,000 towards funding and awareness of UK animal welfare charities, including the vital work carried out by the five British animal charities involved: RSPCA, Scottish SPCA, Blue Cross, The Donkey Sanctuary and Wildlife Aid Foundation.

This year’s appeal will be stripped across a week, featuring special episodes of Channel 5 favourites and support from a host of famous faces.

Celebrity Dogs Behaving (Very) Badly will see dog trainer Graeme Hall lead three despairing celebrity dog owners – Denise Van Outen and her French Bulldog Tilly, world renowned opera singer Russell Watson with rescue Saluki Poppy, and former England striker Michael Owen with Staffordshire Terrier Ronnie - on a journey to fix their bad habits and tame their dogs whose behaviour has been far from star quality. The Yorkshire Vet: 12 Days of Christmas pays homage to the classic Carol, as Peter Wright and Julian Norton care for all creatures great and small at Christmas. This selection box of all new animals counts down to Christmas through the eyes of our two very own wise men. In The Yorkshire Vet’s Donkey Day Out – Peter Wright takes long-time friends and clients, Steve & Jean Green on an animal adventure like they’ve never experienced before. Save The Hedgehogs follows presenter Steve Backshall as he turns the spotlight on all the uplifting and positive things, we can all do to help these wonderful creatures survive featuring Only Fools and Horses’ John Challis. Finally,

Funniest Ever Pets at Christmas packed full of fantastic new clips, a cracker full of viral favourites and home visits of some of the show’s best ‘pet stars’ features thoughts and reactions from some of the nation’s favourite animal loving comedians and celebrities including Shane Richie, Jo Brand, Susan Calman, Nina Wadia and Michelle Visage.

Each programme will be dedicated to one of the five charities to highlight the amazing work they do every day and continue to raise awareness of the issues and threats facing animals in the UK as they tell the stories of those who need rescuing, rehoming or are in need in some extra care.

Ben Frow, Director of Programming at Channel 5 said:“Last year’s Help The Animals raised money for five animal charities who work tirelessly all year-round to provide support and comfort to animals all over the UK. We are thrilled that Help The Animals is back for a second year with a week full of programming to shine a light on animal welfare and raise more money for these brilliant charities.”  

Viewers will be given a chance to get involved and join the fight to prevent cruelty, provide rehabilitation and alleviate suffering to animals.