Now available on iTunes, Amazon and major digital platforms, including video on demand, is the inspiring (and sometimes heartbreaking) documentary film, Free Puppies.
The film is by Samantha Wishman and Christina Thomas. Here is some information about them.
Filmmaker Biography – Samantha Wishman Samantha Wishman is a filmmaker from New York City. After graduating from Columbia Law School, she moved to LA to make a short film about pitching a script for a feminist softball comedy in Hollywood, which went on to play at a number of festivals. She adopted a rescue dog named Billie Hollydale before returning home to make FREE PUPPIES!
Filmmaker Biography – Christina ThomasChristina Thomas is a producer, director and editor from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After graduating from The University of Pennsylvania she moved to Los Angeles where she has worked on several productions including commercials, shorts and features. FREE PUPPIES! is her documentary directorial debut. She enjoys giving equal attention to her dogs Harvey and Ruphus.
Anyone who knows me knows that I am a huge animal lover. I love animals of all shapes, sizes, breeds and types. My heart especially goes out to animals the come from less than ideal situations. That is why every pet we’ve ever owned (with the exception of our Goldfish) have come from the local animal shelters or local animal rescue groups.
I follow a lot of these groups on Facebook. There is a somewhat local group to where I live that physically drive down south to get dogs and cats (mostly dogs) that have been left behind due to natural disasters (tornados, hurricanes, flooding), as well as those rescued from kill shelters. It blows my mind the network of amazing men and women who help bring these precious animals some place safe where they can have a second chance at life.
I have seen rescues have dogs and puppies about to be killed in a shelter – just a lone dog – brought some place where it can get the medical attention is needs and a chance to be adopted by a family who will love and care for it.
The documentary film, Free Puppies, is all about these incredible angles that live among us who do all they can to safe animals (this film focuses on puppies and dogs).
Here is the official synopsis.
When Hurricane Katrina left more than 250,000 pets stranded, the infrastructure of a nation-wide dog rescue effort was born. Since then, millions of Southern rescue dogs have been transported to new homes thanks to the tireless efforts of a grassroots network of dog rescuers. And while the media has popularized the image of dogs climbing out of transport trucks into the arms of eager adopters, little attention has been paid to the other side of the story.
FREE PUPPIES! travels across the country’s political divide to explore one of the many areas where no public animal services exist, and volunteers — many of them women — step in. The story follows rescuers Monda Wooten, Ann Brown, and Ruth Smith, and the network of independent “rescue ladies” who patrol vast rural counties in the Tennessee Valley caring for stray and surrendered dogs.
As an animal lover, it was difficult for me to see many of the animals shown in this film (even briefly). Just the sight of an animal suffering due to neglect, hoarding situation or “puppy mills” makes my heart shatter into a million pieces. I want to take all these four-legged angels home with me so I can show them what it feels like to be loved and well cared for. Our adopted cats and dog can testify to that. My family and I are even happy to adopt pets with health issues (our one cat Bella alone has diabetes, sever asthma and three leaky valves in her heart). Most recently I saw a pair of kittens both in need of dire surgeries. I had to donate of course, and if I could adopt them both I would (we already have six cats).
I am hoping that everyone who sees this film opens their hearts to these amazing animals, and do their part to help out. You can help by volunteering, fostering, monetary donations and of course, adopting these beautiful animals and giving them all the love they DESERVE.
Also, PLEASE makes sure pets are spayed or neutered. Only legitimate breeders would be allowed to breed dogs or any other type of animal. I wish ALL states would enact something that would prevent the over population of animals, and HARSH (as in JAIL TIME) for people who harm an animal in any way.
Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.
*I received a free screener in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.