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First Run Features presents
The True Story of Rescue Dogs

Opening in Theaters beginning 
August 12, 2022 in NYC and August 19 in Los Angeles 

Weekend Q&A's in New York City and Los Angeles
with Filmmakers Samantha Wishman & Christina Thomas
and the Tri-state Rescue Ladies
Millions of rescue dogs from the rural South have been transported to new homes thanks to the tireless efforts of a vast, grassroots network of dog rescuers.
FREE PUPPIES! is the true story of where those dogs came from and the grim challenges facing a group of women rescuers working together to save them.
A New York Times Noteworthy Film of the Summer
"No, they won’t be handed out with tickets, but presumably seeing rescue dogs placed in new homes in a documentary will make you smile all the same."
~ The New York Times
The first feature film on the booming national movement to relocate rescue dogs:

Time Magazine

"Fascinating. To bring lovely animals up from the South is appealing, but how can we help these shelters become sustainable themselves?"
~ CJ Bentley, VP Animal Welfare, Atlanta Humane Society
Although transports have moved dogs from the South for decades, when Hurricane Katrina left more than 250,000 pets stranded, the infrastructure of modern pet transport for a nation-wide dog rescue effort was born. Since then, individual volunteers, transporters, shelters and rescue groups have created a movement to place millions of southern dogs in areas of the country with high demand for adoption but low supply.

By following a group of women dog rescuers from Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee, FREE PUPPIES! reveals the challenges that contribute to the rescue dog crisis in the first place. These women not only save dogs from euthanasia, but also organize affordable and accessible spay and neuter, reform local ordinances, advocate for humane education, and fight urgent and complex challenges facing underserved areas of the rural South.

The film includes interviews with the ASPCA, Atlanta Humane Society, McKamey Animal Center, My Kids Have Paws Veterinary Clinic, Dixie Day Spay, Badass Brooklyn, and dozens of rescue organizations, shelter directors, healthcare providers, and local officials.
A film by Samantha Wishman & Christina Thomas
Opens August 12, 2022 in Live & Virtual Cinemas
70 minutes | color | English

Samantha Wishman - Director, Producer, Editor
Christina Thomas - Director, Co-Producer, Editor
Muffie Meyer - Story Editor
Carter McCormick - Director of Photography
Eliot Popko - Director of Photography
Joey McCormick and Willard Hamilton - Original Music
Filmmaker Biography - Samantha Wishman

Samantha Wishman is a filmmaker from New York City. After graduating from Columbia Law School, she moved to LA to make a short film about pitching a script for a feminist softball comedy in Hollywood, which went on to play at a number of festivals. She adopted a rescue dog named Billie Hollydale before returning home to make FREE PUPPIES!.
Filmmaker Biography - Christina Thomas

Christina Thomas is a producer, director and editor from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After graduating from The University of Pennsylvania she moved to Los Angeles where she has worked on several productions including commercials, shorts and features. FREE PUPPIES! is her documentary directorial debut. She enjoys giving equal attention to her dogs Harvey and Ruphus.


No Dogs Left Behind
TORONTO | November 11, 2021 05:30 PM Eastern Standard Time
 No Dogs Left Behind (NDLB), a global animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the reckless slaughtering of animals in East Asia, is proud to announce its presence in Canada with the opening of its first Safe House in Toronto for dogs rescued from the illegal dog meat trade. This is the first expansion of its kind for NDLB outside of East Asia.
NDLB, a United States based nonprofit organization, operates boots on the ground in East Asia fighting on the front lines to end the reckless slaughtering of all animals. With help from hundreds of local activists, Jeff Beri, the Founder and President of the organization, rescues dogs from slaughterhouses, dog meat trucks, wet markets, the Yulin Dog Meat “Festival” and illegal dog traffickers. He then transports them to one of NDLB’s three sanctuaries in East Asia where they receive medical care, nutritional support, and rehabilitation on an ongoing basis. These survivors stay in NDLB’s sanctuaries until they are adopted into loving homes in the United States, Canada and the U.K.
No Dogs Left Behind survivors waiting for a flight home.
No Dogs Left Behind survivors waiting for a flight home.
Primarily located in East Asia, with its headquarters in New York, NDLB recently expanded its presence into Canada in order to continue its lifesaving work after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indefinitely suspended the importation of dogs into the United States from 113 countries. “This suspension was a complete surprise to all international rescues, and at the time, we had 112 dogs that had American adopters waiting to welcome them home” says Jacqueline Finnegan, NDLB Vice President and CEO of USA Operations. “We recognized that this suspension would likely remain in place for the foreseeable future and we took immediate steps to grow the foundation so that we could continue to adopt out the dogs that we rescue.”
“Failure is not an option” says Beri. “Our mission is to end the reckless slaughtering of animals. The CDC’s import ban forced us to rethink our operations because we must have the ability to adopt our dogs out in order to make room for new survivors. We have always adopted dogs to Canadian citizens, so choosing Canada as the location for our first Safe House in North America was an easy decision.”
Beri arrived in Toronto today to personally open the Safe House and ensure it operates according to all the same protocols NDLB employs in the other three sanctuaries it operates. The Safe House will include kennels, indoor and outdoor play areas, and large parks for the dogs to play in throughout the day. A key part of the operations will focus on socializing the dogs so that they are fully adjusted and ready to become part of a family when they are finally united with their adopters.
No Dogs Left Behind survivors waiting for a flight home.
No Dogs Left Behind survivors waiting for a flight home.
“The welcome we have received from everyone in Canada has been overwhelming,” says Beri. “We are so grateful to all of the amazing Canadians who have opened up their homes and their hearts to our survivors, whether as fosters or adopters, and to all of the new volunteers who have joined the NDLB family in the recent months to help us with transports and our Safe House.”
Through the unwavering support of donors, volunteers and activists, NDLB is leading the efforts in fighting for global animal welfare reform. Beri looks forward to growing NDLB’s presence in Canada and getting more people involved in NDLB’s fight against animal cruelty and demanding global animal welfare laws.
If you would like to donate to support NDLB’s mission or its new Canadian Safe House, click here.
About No Dogs Left Behind: No Dogs Left Behind operates boots on the ground in East Asia, fighting on the frontlines to rescue dogs from the illegal dogmeat trade. We work hands-on with local activists through emergency response, pulling dogs directly from slaughterhouses, dogmeat trucks, wet markets and traffickers. Our mission extends beyond borders, advocating for the creation and enforcement of animal welfare laws, and raising awareness for a cruelty-free, sustainable world in which no animal is violated, exploited, tortured or slaughtered for commercial goods or profit. With nearly 500 survivors in our care, No Dogs Left Behind operates sanctuaries in Dayi and Gongyi in East Asia.