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‘Saved in America’ screening to benefit SoCal homeless dogs

Kim Sill, director of “Saved in America,” will answer questions about her new film at a fundraiser in San Diego, Calif. on March 1. The event will benefit Lucky Pup Dog Rescue, a small, all-volunteer 501c(3) non-profit founded by Christine and Steve Haslet.

The Haslet's with some of their charges.
The Haslet's with some of their charges.
Courtesy of Christine Haslet

Lucky Pup Dog Rescue came about after Christine heard of the plight of the dogs at the infamous Devore Shelter in San Bernardino, Calif. After much effort to effect change at the shelter—a shelter whose staff is perfectly content with high kill rates—Christine shifted her efforts to the San Bernardino City Shelter, a shelter with even more dismal adoption rates. Eventually, Christine, and her husband Steve, realized the best way to help was to help one dog at a time. They formed Lucky Pup Dog Rescue.

On Saturday, March 1, 2014, Kous Kous Moroccan Bistro in San Diego will be the site of an event to raise money and awareness about the abandoned animals of Southern California. Christine and Steve say they are in it with both feet these days. "We were both really stuck by the enthusiasm surrounding the rescue of the dogs in Russia at the Olympics. It's wonderful!”

Christine continues, "I venture to guess most people would be shocked to know we have the exact same problem here in Southern California. In the Los Angeles and San Bernardino areas, abandoned, stray orphan dogs are running free in the streets, rounded up by animal control, kept for five or six days, then killed and tossed into a landfill or sold for rendering. Kill rates in these shelters average around 70 percent. This means of the ten dogs picked up, only three are either rescued or adopted."

The Haslet’s ultimate goal is to open a retail pet store in San Diego featuring just death row shelter dogs. "This concept is the wave the future. No longer will families and potential adopters have to go to the shelter. We are bringing the dogs to the community,” Christine says.

Kim Sill is the owner/operator of such a pet store in Thousand Oaks, the Shelter Hope Pet Shop. In two years she has rescued and found homes for over 700 dogs.

Sill is an actress and has worked with Cesar Milan to expose puppy mills. "I made this film in an attempt to help the grassroots rescue groups in America get credit and donations for the work they do to save animals. I have worked with all the big well known animal organizations and while they focus on million dollar commercials and billboard campaigns, less than three cents of every dollar you donate to them trickles down to actual help an animal in need."

In addition to food and the raffle, the fundraiser will feature a screening of Sill’s new film, “Saved in America.” Sill will be on hand to discuss her film and her own rescue efforts.

Where: Kous Kous Moroccan Bistro, 3940 4th Avenue, San Diego, California

When: Saturday, March 1, 2014, 12 Noon until 4 p.m.

Tickets: $45 in advance/$65 at the door, $100 VIP ticket includes gift bag and seating with Kim

For more information, you can call (619) 756-6376 or email Donations for the raffle are welcome. All donations, whether for the raffle or tickets for the event, are tax deductible. (IRS Tax ID No. 90 0753223)

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