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Shelter Dogs (2003)

 -  Documentary | Drama  -  March 2003 (USA)
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Shelter Dogs is a provocative and heartrending look at the complex issues surrounding animal sheltering through the tale of one shelter and its staff. This feature length documentary takes ... See full summary »

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Shelter Dogs is a provocative and heartrending look at the complex issues surrounding animal sheltering through the tale of one shelter and its staff. This feature length documentary takes the viewer into the gray zone of the national animal welfare system where quality-of-life issues take center stage. At the heart of the documentary is Sue Sternberg, an animal welfare pioneer who has created Rondout Valley Kennels, a model animal shelter in Upstate New York. At Rondout Valley Kennels, dogs live in suites decorated with rugs and chairs. They listen to piped-in music and receive training. Each dog is carefully assessed and temperament tested. If a dog is mentally deteriorating in the shelter or shows aggression, Sue will euthanize the dog, believing that it is a more humane option than a lifetime in the shelter. As Sue agonizes over each animal, faces rising debt, and becomes increasingly worried, the audience is given a first-hand look at the difficult ethical choices shelter staff ... Written by info@shelterdogs.org

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Sue Sternberg: Sometimes I wonder, when I die, if there is a Purgatory-if there will be a choice made for me between Heaven and Hell. And all the dogs I have euthanized, what if they are the ones who judge me?
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A fascinating look at the chaos and drama of life in an animal shelter.
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Fascinating and haunting. What happens when the family dog turns out to be a ticking time-bomb? This is an intimate look at the world of cast-off pets, and the people who shelter them, and make the hard decisions about whether and when to euthanize the hopeless cases. Although it might sound depressing and morbid, it isn't, mainly because the film focuses on Sue Sternberg, who runs the shelter, and brings lots of insight, humor and hope to a job that must rank high on the burn-out scale. Lots of credit also to the filmmakers, for capturing the chaos and drama of daily life in an animal shelter, and the special breed of people who live and work with dogs.


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