I am a big time animal lover. Our five cats, dog and fish might be some good indication of that. All of our pets are adopted – except the fish (one we won at the fair – the other we purchased from the pet store so he had a friend). We are also frequently donate to our local animal shelter (food, supplies, money, blankets…). I even volunteered for a bit of time at the shelter taking photos of the animals available for adoption for location publications and PetFinder.org.
My dream is the own a farm or even a pet sanctuary where all animals are welcome. I would adopt so many more animals if we had the room. I strongly feel that every animal deserves a “forever home”.
I get so upset and angry when I read stories about animal abuse. Don’t people realize that animals are living, breathing creatures too that feel pain just like human beings do? Do people honestly think that dogs don’t feel pain when they are kicked, beaten, burned and tortured? What do they think goes through an animals mind when they are being dragged by a car or purposely drowned? They feel pain, fear and horror and sadness just like people do. They just don’t have the voice to speak up. People who care about animals need to be their voices.
Sadly there are not too many laws that protect the rights of animals. At most someone is usually fined or just slapped on the wrist. These people end up getting more pets and repeating it all over again.
I enjoy watching movies about animals and reading books about animals. I recently watched one based on a true story called Susie’s Hope.
Based on the true story that successfully passed Susie’s Law in North Carolina, which seeks stricter punishment for animal abusers, Susie’s Hope brings to life the inspirational relationship between pit bull attack survivor Donna Lawrence and Susie, a pit bull-mix puppy found beaten, burned and left for dead. Recognizing reflect and abuse were to blame for the tragic attack that nearly claimed her life 10 months earlier, Donna resumes the battered animal and accepts her as family. Together, they learn to heal, love and forgive as thyey lead a historic effort to seek justice and protection, not only for Susie, but all animals. Starring Emmanuelle Vaguer (40 Days and 40 Nights), Burgess Jenkins (Remember The Titans) and Andrea Powell (Ender’s Game, The Twighlight: Breaking Dawn Saga: Part 2), Susie’s Hope is an incredible story of love, loss and redemption.
As I mentioned before, this is based on a true story.
Susie was just a puppy when she licked the face of her owner’s newborn baby. The owner’s boyfriend (assuming he was the father of the infant) became enraged and beat up the puppy, dislocating the jaw and smashing out teeth. As if that was not enough he pour lighter fluid on the puppy and lit it on fire. Some how the puppy was able to run away and was later found near dead in a park by Donna Lawrence and her best friend Ramona.
This is a MULTIPLE box of tissues kind of movie. I was in tears several times throughout the film. As an animal lover it broke my heart to know that this movie was based on true events. From the tragic event that claimed the life of Donna’s unborn child to the very end it was a total tear-fest.
The scenes of Susie as a puppy when she was found near dead in the park covered in maggots (they used real maggots in the film!) was played by a lifelike robotic dog (thankfully). Later in the film Susie is played by a real puppy and then at the end the REAL Susie steps in to play herself.
I’m glad that the film had a happy ending, and Susie went on to become a trained therapy dog – even winning the American Humane Association Hero Dog award. Check out and share Susie’s Hero Dog Award Video here.
Susie and how owners even created a website called SusiesHope.com that talks about her story as well as brings to light the plight of abused and neglected animals. Susie’s Hope is also a law in the state of North Carolina as well as a non-profit charity raising awareness about animal abuse and neglect as well as raising funds to help care for abused and neglected animals.
I wanted to hug all of my pets after watching this movie.
Susie’s Hope is available on DVD on the Susie’s Hope website, Amazon and other retail locations.
You can also find Susie’s Hope on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. All the links are found on the bottom of their home page.
Here is the trailer for your enjoyment.
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