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Rescue Dogs The Movie shines a light on pet adoptions
The April 1st debut of Rescue Dogs The Movie wasn’t your everyday movie premiere.
"We wanted to make a movie that wasn't just fun for the family and entertaining to watch," said Jordan Rawlins who plays Harper in the movie. "We wanted to do something that actually gave back to the community and a cause we loved. And for us, that was rescue dogs."
With the help of lead actress and producer Courtney Daniels, animal welfare organizations in more than 20 cities across the United States hosted on-site pet adoptions during each Rescue Dogs The Movie red-carpet premiere event. In partnership with Daniels’ production company, Busted Buggy Entertainment, the team helped find homes for over 100 pets during opening weekend.
Daniels, whose own rescue dog Baron plays the lead canine role of Charger in the movie, is a longtime supporter of pet adoption. Thanks to her mom, a volunteer and foster for the Arizona Animal Welfare League, Daniels realized the benefits of pet adoption early on. “Rescue dogs know that you saved them,” said Daniels. “I think there’s a misconception that if a dog is at the shelter or the pound, there’s something wrong with them. They’re there through no fault of their own. Sometimes they’ve had an owner pass away or their family has moved and they’ve not been able to move with them. They still have so much love to give,” said Daniels.
The filmmakers hope to the keep the momentum going by encouraging any and all animal welfare organizations to host a screening of Rescue Dogs The Movie in their city to raise money and awareness.
The bond between an adopted pet and his owner inspired the movie, which features actual rescued pets. “Everyone had a great story of how a rescue dog really changed their life, how they rescued them.” Rawlings said. “Which is the theme of the movie. We don't just rescue the dogs. The dogs rescue us.“