Oct. 2 2018 06:00 AM

Each episode of Ready, Set, Pet will include tips on the importance of yards and managed landscapes.

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute’s environmental education and stewardship program, TurfMutt, is sponsoring a new television program, Ready, Set, Pet. The show will air on Saturday mornings starting this October on the CW Network.

Hosted by Phil Torres and co-produced by Hearst Originals, Ready, Set, Pet will educate and inform teens and their families about pet adoption, responsible pet ownership and the importance of a green space for pets.

In each episode, Torres will guide a family through the pet adoption process after a careful look at their unique situation to help them make an informed decision in finding the right pet for their lifestyle. While the family visits local shelters and rescues, experts revitalize their outdoor space to make a safe and eco-friendly home for their new pet.

In the end, viewers will see family members overcome their disagreements and make the tough decision on which pet will join the family. Ready, Set, Pet will teach viewers that thoughtful preparation is key when learning to care for an animal's needs.

Included in each episode will be TurfMutt tips on the importance of yards and managed landscapes to families, pets and the environment. Kris Kiser, president of Alexandria, Virginia-based OPEI, will appear on select episodes working with professional landscapers to implement the TurfMutt tips.

“With the growing recognition of the importance of getting kids outdoors, TurfMutt is creating safe and healthy spaces for them, their families and our pets,” says Kiser. “Ready, Set Pet will help us inspire more people with our message: green space is vital to our health.”