I had put this documentary in my list on Netflix a while ago but have been ignoring it. I decided to watch this movie because there was Hurricane Irma coming and when you’re told to “hunker down” you make your hurricane preparations and you do what the weather man says. I also figured that while I still had power, I might as well watch something and for some reason this was it. Keep reading to see what I thought about this movie.
This movie is an ASPCA documentary. Everyone knows that the ASPCA recues dogs that are mistreated, raised in puppy mills, and are horded by people. But what happens to these dogs after they’re rescued? What happens to the dogs that are so afraid of people, don’t know how to interact with people, and don’t know how to be a normal dog? This is where this documentary comes into play and shows the rehabilitation center that is dedicated to giving these dogs who have been in isolation so long a second chance. They do this by going through different routines with them to basically normalize them and make them adoptable so that they can find their forever homes.
Personal Note: On a personal note, I know what it’s like to get a puppy from a puppy mill. My first dog, Scrappy, picture below was my little Mini-Dachshund that my parents had gotten me from a local flea market. She was from a puppy mill and that was before I had known what puppy mills were or how they operated. It was only her and her brother in this little cage and I choose her because she was different, like me. On the same day someone adopted her bother as well, we actually exchanged numbers with this person because we thought it would be cute to have them meet up every once in a while since we were both local. Turns out that her brother only lasted a few weeks though as he suffered from one of the many diseases that dogs get from being raised in a puppy mill. At the time I felt lucky because Scrappy was perfectly fine, until the seizures started. With the help of a really great vet she was able to live a happy and normal life until she had her final seizure when she was 13. I was with her through every seizure and even a period of time when she couldn’t walk, but I gave her the best possible life I could. She was a happy dog and my best friend. It was hard to let go of her, but when I did I swore that if I were to ever get another dog it wouldn’t be from a puppy mill again. That’s what made me go to my local shelter and adopt my little buddy that sometimes makes an appearance on my twitter page.
Back to the documentary though. I thought it was an amazing documentary about these amazing women who work really hard to make sure these dogs feel like they’re loved and cared for and to not be afraid anymore. It was an amazing tale of these dogs, that included Dachshund’s, that were brought from puppy mills and animal hording situations and then rehabilitated. These dogs were totally unfit for any kind of living situation, but with the help of these dedicated women at the ASPCA, they became less fearful of people and found really loving homes. The super happy ending where every dog found their forever home of course hit a chord with me and made me cry like a baby, but it was nice thing to see.
The stars of this documentary are the super hero’s at the ASPCA who dedicate their lives to rehabilitating these dogs. They do amazing things and because of these amazing things that they do they give these dogs a second chance at having a better life. I applaud them and give them the highest amount of credibility because without them these dogs wouldn’t exist and would be euthanized.
Overall I give this movie a 5 out of 5.
This documentary is a short watch and it should be watched especially if you’re an animal lover. Even if you aren’t an animal lover, this is still a great documentary about the horrible conditions some animals are forced to live in and the people who rescue them and give them a second chance. I would say that this is a documentary that can’t be missed.