Rescue Dogs was a first of its kind feature film. Its stars were, in fact, real rescue animals! Throughout its filming and release, the producers and team behind the film have continued to give back to the animal rescue community.
The children-friendly, talking-dog film released in select theaters across the country in April and not only entertained, but also made a difference. Filmmakers partnered with 23 animal rescue organizations to host adoption events in each city during opening weekend, with a portion of the producers’ box office from the theatrical run benefitting the charity associated with each theater.
As a result of the film’s theatrical release and corresponding animal adoption events across the country, over 150 animals found their forever homes.
One of the partnering rescue organizations, Animal Welfare League (AWL) in Chicago, Illinois, had 51 animal adoptions in two days! Twenty cats, 30 dogs and one rabbit went home with new, loving families. Lady, a dog “long-timer” at AWL, was one of the 30 dogs that found the perfect forever family.
Filmmakers also worked with charities to select specific available dogs to serve as film “mascots.” The ultimate goal of highlighting “mascot” dogs was to find forever homes for each of them while bringing light to the countless shelter animals that are often overlooked.
In Utah, a special needs dog named Fynlee was featured as the Rescue Dogs mascot for Salt Lake City. Fynlee had been saved by Rescue Rovers, and a few weeks following the movie’s release she was adopted by a senior couple. To date, five Rescue Dogs mascots have been adopted.
Now, the Rescue Dogs team has set out to save even more animals through the film’s pre-orders from now to July 1st. Filmmakers have selected three prominent nonprofit animal rescue organizations to receive 50 percent of proceeds from the movie’s iTunes pre-order sales.
Rescue Dogs the Movie helped 150+ animals find their forever families. Now you can bring home Charger, Hambone, and the rest of the Rescue Dogs crew by pre-ordering the video today on iTunes and supporting nonprofit animal rescue organizations!
For information on the remaining mascot dogs available for adoption, contact Second Chance Rescue about Rihanna, Animal Rescue New Orleans for Amelia and Unleashed Pet Rescue and Adoption about Shushanna.