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Free Puppies!

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Insightful, moving docu about rescuing dogs in the South.

Movie NR 2022 69 minutes
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This warmhearted documentary shows how important the work these rescuers perform is, particularly in lower-income and rural areas of the Deep South. The filmmakers focus on the three volunteers but also provide interviews with animal rescue experts and nonprofit workers who respect and rely upon their work. Free Puppies! isn't always easy to watch, but the women and the filmmakers are empathetic about some folks' reasons for not spaying or neutering their dogs, which makes it easy for countless unintended extra litters to be born. The women also delve into the myriad reasons that politicians choose not to prioritize funding for animal control or shelters.

Occasionally, the documentary shows how difficult the lives of some dog owners can be, chronicling their circumstances without judgment. One memorable (and sad) sequence features two Vietnam veterans/brothers who live in a remote area with dozens of dogs, including several puppies, some of whom are flea-ridden. They love their animals but don't have the resources to care for them properly. While Free Puppies! isn't groundbreaking, it's touching and inspiring. Audiences with (or who love) dogs may be inspired to help make sure that small, grassroots organizations like the ones featured here have the resources they need to keep saving puppies.

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