Thursday, August 11, 2016 – Bennington, VT – Following its sold-out success last year and an 11-city tour, the Dog Film Festival returns to New York City during Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. The festival celebrates the remarkable bond between dogs and their people and will benefit the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals with 50% of proceeds.
On Saturday, October 15, the Dog Film Festival will take over Symphony Space on the Upper West Side.
The festival, perfect for dog lovers of all ages, comprises four separate programs of entirely different canine-themed films. Each screening includes documentary, animated, and live-action shorts that illuminate the human-canine bond, submitted by dog-loving filmmakers from around the world.
The Petco Foundation, whose goal is to help every animal live its best life, is the national Presenting Sponsor of the festival.
“We are thrilled to help bring the Dog Film Festival to cities across the country,” said Susanne Kogut, executive director of the Petco Foundation. “This series of films visually relays the Petco Foundation’s core mission to create a better world for animals and the people who love them. We are excited to celebrate with all dog lovers during this fun-filled festival and showcase these wonderful films that demonstrate the positive impact dogs have on people’s lives.”
The films shown at the festival are appropriate for all members of the family and each program will run approximately 2 hours long. View program descriptions with times.
The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals will host one of its participating organizations on its adoption van, featuring dogs looking for their forever homes.
“We are honored to have been selected as the beneficiary of the 2016 Dog Film Festival in New York City,” says Jane Hoffman, President of the Alliance. “The Festival offers an excellent opportunity to educate people about pet adoption and other pet-related topics, to honor dogs as true family members, and to celebrate the human-canine bond. We are delighted to be a part of this year’s celebration.”
The festival is a way for founder and animal wellness advocate Tracie Hotchner to share her love for dogs and give back to organizations working hard for pets in need.
“In 2015, I imagined a Dog Film Festival and dreamed it could become an annual event in New York City,” said Hotchner. “The enormous audience reaction and the huge turn-out I got at Symphony Space last year gave me the determination to take the festival around the country, where it has found an equally passionate and appreciative welcome. I’ve had the incredible good fortune of a guardian angel making it all possible — Susanne Kogut, the head of the Petco Foundation, who gave me a grant to spread the Dog Film Festival message nationwide: the remarkable love dogs have for people and the daily miracles of people rescuing them to complete their own lives.”
Tickets for the Dog Film Festival are $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for children per screening and can only be purchased directly from Symphony Space online or at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to DogFilmFestival.com.
About the Dog Film Festival
In 2015, the first Dog Film Festival™ grew out of Tracie Hotchner’s desire, as a pet wellness advocate, to expand her Radio Pet Lady Network’s outreach to educate the public about adoption, pet wellness issues and philosophical aspects of pets in our lives. The festival is a unique way of honoring dogs as true family members by bringing together like-minded people to experience and celebrate the remarkable human-canine bond. The Dog Film Festival™ shares proceeds from its ticket sales with local shelters and rescue partners wherever it travels. DogFilmFestival.com
About the Petco Foundation
The Petco Foundation believes every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, the Petco Foundation has invested more than $145 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With its animal welfare partners, the Petco Foundation inspires and empowers communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay/neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. The Petco Foundation partners with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions and has helped more than 4.5 million pets find new loving families. PetcoFoundation.org
About the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals®
The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals® is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity that works with more than 150 partner rescue groups and shelters to offer important programs and services that save the lives of NYC’s homeless animals. The Alliance is supported entirely by donations from foundations, corporations, and individuals and receives no government funding. Since its founding in 2003, the Alliance has remained committed to transforming New York City into a community where no dogs or cats of reasonable health and temperament will be killed merely because they do not have homes. AnimalAllianceNYC.org
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