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Shelter Dogs (2003)

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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Cynthia Wade
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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 power film about the trials of Animal Sheltering
5 February 2004 | by origin20See all my reviews

A powerful film that captures the highs and lows of life in an animal shelter. The film forces one to question no-kill shelters and ask oneself whether death might be the more humane option for many animals in our sheltering system. Set in the beauty of the Catskill mountains, it will appeal even to non-dog lovers.


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March 2003 (USA) See more »

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Accord, New York, USA

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Red Hen Productions See more »
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