Theater Announcement_FB_BellaAnimal Welfare League (AWL), Chicago’s largest Humane Society, has teamed up with Rescue Dogs the Movie to find a forever home for sweetie pie Bella.

To assist in getting Bella adopted, the nonprofit group and filmmakers have declared her the official Rescue Dogs Chicago mascot. Together, they intend to find Bella a forever family of her very own.

This is part of the film’s latest initiative to bring more awareness around rescue animals and to get homeless pets adopted. Be sure to check out the adoptable Rescue Dogs advocates near you:

  • Rihanna is available through Second Chance Rescue in New York.
  • Hyde is ready to meet you at AAWL in Arizona.
  • Jenna is up for adoption at Wags and Walks in Los Angeles.
  • Fynlee is being fostered through Rescue Rovers in Salt Lake City.
  • Amelia Earhart is patiently waiting at ARNO in New Orleans.
  • Shushanna is available at Unleashed in Kansas City.

If you live near Minneapolis—keep an eye out for an available “mascot” dog to be announced soon!

The Animal Welfare League was founded in 1935 to “relieve the suffering among animals.” They care for over 20,000 homeless and abandoned animals annually. They also conduct cruelty investigations and rescue strays in the community.

According to the website, “Our motto is ‘recovery is the answer, not euthanasia’ for animals that come to us injured, neglected, or abused.”

AWL operates two shelters in the Chicago area. The Chicago Ridge facility is open “24 hours a day, 365 days a year,” and can house over 1,200 animals. Both facilities accept all species of animals who come through their doors.Bella2

“In accordance with our mission, no animal is ever refused,” the website notes, “The League believes that all animals deserve a second chance at life with caring and compassionate owners.”

Bella is a 1.5-year-old Siberian Husky mix that was surrendered to AWL when her pet-parents’ landlord kicked her out.

This adorable ball of energy loves all people and is looking for an active family to play with or simply a running partner!

AWL and Rescue Dogs hope their partnership will ensure Bella finds her fur-ever home by the end of the film’s opening week, April 7. Filmmakers will cover her adoption fee, which includes spaying, a rabies shot, microchip, and a leash/collar.

To help #RescueBella, please share her story. Let’s find this beautiful pup the family she deserves!

To adopt Bella, download an application and bring it on down to Animal Welfare League. You can also see Bella this weekend at AWL’s live adoption events taking place right outside of the theater! Keep up with AWL on their Facebook page or their website at

Rescue Dogs the Movie opens in the Chicago area TODAY, April 1st! AWL will host live adoption events outside Marcus Addison Cinema on Saturday, April 2, and Sunday, April 3, from 11a.m.-3p.m. to coincide with movie showtimes. A portion of the producers’ box office from the entire week-long movie run will directly benefit Animal Welfare League.