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Keanu The Movie

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Keanu the movie about a stolen kitten and cat adoption Film crew supports pet adoptions on and off the set 

Keanu the Movie made its debut on April 29th. The comedy, about two suburban-dwelling cousins risking their lives to save their kitten from gangsters, marks the first full-length film for Comedy Central stars, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele.

To land the starring role of “Keanu” producers knew the kittens had to be not only trainable but also extremely adorable. Naturally, they turned to shelters to find the best feline talent.

“There were 7 cats used in the film and all of them were from shelters,” says Alison Branch of Warner Brothers. “Peter Atencio, the film director, held a kitten audition in New Orleans and decided to use Tabbies because they were the most common at shelters.”

To promote the movie, lead actors Key and Peele, organized press junkets, interviews and guest appearances at local shelters to promote pet rescue. Additionally, they spread pet adoption awareness on social media. For those in the market for an adoptable pet, producers emphasize seeking cats with proper street cred. “Getting spayed/neutered, being responsible, gets you street cred if you’re a cat.”

Leading by example, all seven kittens were adopted by film crew, including leading actress Tiffany Haddish.

Join us during our May National Adoption Weekend, May 13-15, 2016, to adopt a homeless pet near you.

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