What does a typical day at an animal shelter entail? How do staff and volunteers manage with limited resources? What’s it like for the animals who are rescued? Project Animal Rescue is a 30-minute volunteer-produced documentary that looks at the plight of domestic animals ranging from cats, dogs and small “pocket pets” to horses in the Hudson Valley. A fundraising screening of the film will be held on Saturday, May 10 at 4 pm in the Rosenwald Theater Screening Room in the Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film at Vassar College. All proceeds from the screening will go to the Dutchess County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DCSPCA) and the Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue. The project is sponsored by the Vassar Good Neighbors Fund and Arts Mid-Hudson.
Created by Joan Gerardi and Heidi K. Eklund (both Vassar College staff) and Vassar film majors Hunter Furnish and Cesar Cervantes (class of ’14), the film focuses on how animal shelters help the community. These organizations assist with reducing overpopulation, the spread of disease, and addressing animal cruelty and neglect, among other topics. Following the screening will be a talk back with the filmmakers, and representatives from the DCSPCA) and Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue of Pleasant Valley. After the discussion guests will be able to have supervised visits with rescue animals (weather permitting). Light refreshments will be served.
Gerardi, who has been a DCSPCA volunteer for five years, said she was inspired to do the film while collecting research for her senior paper at Marist College. She then enlisted Vassar film students to apply their skills to the task. Says Gerardi, “Project Animal Rescue explores life at a shelter through the eyes of the animals. The film is a powerful tool that engages audiences to witness the process of maintaining a rescue facility and share the information with others in order to help promote the well-being of all animals.”
There will be a suggested donation at the door for screening with all proceeds going to the DCSPCA and Lucky Orphans. Tickets can be obtained at the door and seating for the screening is on a first-come first-served basis.
About the Vassar Good Neighbors Fund
The Good Neighbors Fun provides grants to Vassar College students, student groups, staff and faculty who work in partnership with local community organizations/individuals from Arlington and Poughkeepsie to support innovative ideas in the areas of: food systems, the environment, urban gardening, education, mental and physical health, housing, community organizing initiatives, and the arts. Past grants have supported the renovation of youth playgrounds, establishment of gardens at community centers, establishment of tutoring programs, establishment of organizations to support families in foreclosure, local basketball programs for area youth, trips for youth to experience the arts, and murals at local schools.
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