Going to the movies this weekend will help save animals’ lives!
“'Rescue Dogs' is the first movie of its kind where real rescue dogs animals in it and real animal rescue dogs benefit from it,” said voice actor Tamara Garfield.
Garfield, a Phoenix native, has always considered herself a voice for homeless animals and now she’s literally giving a voice to one in the movie. Her canine character is Callie.
“Being a voice of a dog is really kind of easy because really you just think about awesome things like squirrels and balls and running around,” she said.
Garfield said she gets a lot of inspiration from her very own rescue dog, Teddy.
The rescued animals who star in the film are as real as it gets -- they had no prior Hollywood training before getting in front of the camera.
“I think one of the best parts about using rescue dogs is that you get a lot of personality," Garfield said. "You get to see really who a dog is and how being rescued has changed their lives completely.”
The animal actors have all found forever homes but dogs and cats at Arizona Animal Welfare League are still waiting for their happy ending.
“By seeing the movie, you are helping actual rescue dogs at the Animal Welfare League,” said Michael Morefield, the marketing and communications director at AAWL & SPCA. “And helping spread the message about how awesome rescues are.“
In Arizona, you can only watch Rescue Dogs on the silver screen at Harkins Chandler Fashion 20 April 1-7.
On Sunday, you can meet Tamara Garfield after the 12:35 p.m. and 3:55 p.m. showings.
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